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Monday, May 12, 2014

People You Meet In Group Exercise Classes

I’ve been a member at my current gym for 2.5 years now and I’ve been attending the same Monday night exercise class that whole time. I happen to love group classes, because when I go to the gym when there is no class, I end up on the treadmill for half and hour and then I call it a day. In a class, the instructor keeps me going for a whole hour and the workout is hard – although at times I feel like instructors just enjoy torturing us, so they make up the craziest things they can to get through the hour class! For awhile, there was also a class on Wednesday nights at my gym, but it got canceled. And just recently, a new class started up. The people who have been attending the class have been annoying me greatly. So I thought I’d write a little blog post about the people you meet in group exercise classes.

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1. The lady who sings along with the music. Um, it’s bad enough when the instructor sings along. I don’t want to hear you!

2. The person who does more than required. If the instructor has to adjust the music or leaves the room for a second, some people stand around. Other people do jumping jacks. Too. Much. Energy!

3. Load breathers / grunters. Don’t want to hear it.

4. The ones in perfect shape who make you wonder why they’re even there.

5. The ones who show off by running at their top speed or picking the heaviest weight to use. We all know you’re stronger than us!

6. Husband / Wife work out buddies. Aww. Even better – mother / father / daughter buddies. Actually I’m being honest here – my mom and I went to an aerobics class together when I was in 7th grade, and it was a ton of fun.

7. The person next to me who looks at me to see how to do the exercise. Um, I’m so not the person to watch! I’m most likely doing it wrong.

8. The newbies. There are some regulars who have been there since I joined, but usually there are new people trying out the class. Sometimes they do it with difficulty, sometimes they are just fine. I want to tell them not to be scared, but my Monday night instructor is definitely scary!

9. The instructor’s best friends. You know, his favorite students. The ones who do everything right. I’ll never be one of those. I’m the one the instructor feels badly for.

10. The kind people. I remember on my first day of class when I felt like I was going to die, a nice man told me to hang in there. That he was like that too. That it would eventually get better. He might not have been right about it getting better (it’s still hard), but he was kind. I’ve tried to pass it on to new people whenever possible!

Do you go to group exercise classes?

19 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

I have never actually gone to work out in a gym. I have always done it out of the comfort of my own home to honest, but does sound like there are some interesting people you see when you do go to the gym.

tamarsb said...

As a gym-rat I loved this! My trainer and I totally do this sometimes - covertly point out something weird/funny - I love joking around with the other trainers when we're all working out!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

These people are definitely at every gym! The grunters make me so uncomfortable!

Tamara Bowman said...

I never have. I do remember watching my mom in her aerobics classes, though! It was fun.

Myrna said...

I used to go to aerobics and I have the best memories! Wish I could do that again. As the saying goes, no pain, no gain. The first time I went, when I got home my legs felt like rubber and I barely made it up the stairs! It did get better and easier.

Holly Higgins said...

I did Zumba for awhile but stopped when I was pregnant with Cecily. It was a lot of fun but I prefer a gym buddy or working out by myself over an entire class.

Tracie S said...

Where do you go for classes? I did the 24 hour fitness on shawnee mission parkway, but the classes were too many people all jam boxed into a room.

Dara said...

I'm so not motivated to work out at home, lol!

Dara said...

you'd be laughing at my attempts to follow along, for sure!

Dara said...

me too!

Dara said...

haha, funny

Dara said...

I'm sure you could find a class near you!

Dara said...

I'm way too awkward for zumba!

Dara said...

I'm a gym member at brookridge country club which is at 103rd and antioch. it would be so fun for you to come with me!

Myrna said...

The company would not be the same. :-)

Tracie S said...

That would be a lot of fun! I would love to go with you!

April @ 100lbcountdown said...

Raising my hand as the lady who sings. I, in general, hate most work out classes, so I sing to get through it all. Makes it a lot more enjoyable. Sorry if it hurts your ears.

Dara said...

hahaha. sing quietly so I don't hear you and i'll forgive you!

April @ 100lbcountdown said...

I'll try to whisper!