I could never be a fitness instructor. Bad enough that I struggle my way through class… but imagine if I had to talk at the same time I was exerting myself! I could never!
And I’d be worried about what I wore to the gym since everyone would be looking at me. Is it flattering? Are my panty lines obvious? Is my top riding up to expose my belly? Is my non-existent cleavage exposed when I do push ups or a plank? Does my sweat show? Do I not look like I’m sweating enough?
And then the other worries would set in since I would know everyone was looking to me as their role model for the workout. Am I fit and strong enough? Is my form perfect? Should I lift heavier weights? Am I tiring before the people in my class are? Can I work the music and microphone and keep my composure when they suffer technical problems? Will participants like me? Can I recall the names of the muscles and explain what anaerobic means? Do I look as uncoordinated as I feel? Will I remember to exhale on the exertion? Or even to breathe?
I would be a bundle of insecurity.
But I have had passing thoughts about it. How great would it be to have a job that kept you fit? Workouts are work and work is a workout:) And wouldn’t it provide the perfect motivation to eat healthy and stay fit? But I keep coming back to that breathing and how those instructors just go, go, go and count and talk the whole way through.
I have had my share of … hmm… how do I put this tactfully… instructors who I would avoid in the future. The one who turned the strength class into a high impact cardio class one day. The one who berated us for not keeping pace with her on the bikes. The one who had us focused on our pelvic muscles more than any other during yoga class. (My poor DH that day.) The one who just was off beat during the whole class. But those were exceptions or substitutes. Most of my instructors have been awesome.
The best ones make me want to go back to class. They make it as much fun as exercise can be. They inspire a following of dedicated exercisers. They have great personalities: cheerful, friendly, motivating. They preach that the best way to be successful in group exercise classes is to modify to meet your needs and they make us comfortable doing just that. And they have so much energy!
Nope… I could not do what they do. I’m doing well just to follow along. And remembering to breath.