When you walk into a fitness class for the first time, what are your expectations?
I generally see three types of clients:
- People who haven’t worked out in a long time and want to lose weight and be ‘toned’ by the weekend or in two weeks.
- People who want to get fit but aren’t willing to break a sweat or push themselves in order to do so.
- People who see the need to get in shape and are completely committed to doing all that they can to improve their health.
Students in the third category are the ones who succeed and keep returning to the gym. I’m happy to say that my classes are filled with these types of clients, however I meet people from the first two categories every few months. Generally, their expectations are unrealistic and there is very little that I can do to help them to succeed.
I recently worked very hard to make a newcomer feel welcome during their first class and I was saddened to learn that she will not be returning.
People decide to quit for many reasons.
Sometimes it is because they are intimidated by the abilities of the students around them. Perhaps they feel that they will never be as good as everyone else so why bother? Or maybe they didn’t like the feeling of stepping out of their comfort zone. It can be hard to be the new person in the room. Exercise can also bring on some muscular pain. Many people cannot tolerate the initial stiffness and discomfort that is normal when you take up a new activity. Maybe the client did not appreciate the music or the movements.
It is for these reasons that I urge all new students to give each class at least three attempts before giving up.
I change my music every class so chances are that you will hear something that you like the next time you visit. I also vary the exercises and if you attend regularly you will feel like you are improving. If the teacher was not your ‘cup of tea,’ I still encourage you to try again because he/she may have been having a bad day. It happens to all of us and we all deserve a second chance. Take the time to address any of these concerns with the teacher.
If you are just starting out, commit to exercising at least three times per week, for three months. Hire a personal trainer to assist you in achieving your goals or speak to your group fitness instructor for advice.
Remember that our mission is your success. That is why we are there!
See you in class.