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I've been going to kickboxing pretty regularly since October- some weeks more regular than others if we're going to be honest! There are just a few things I've come to realize from participating in so many classes that I think can go across the board in a lot of ways.
Here's my take- share yours!
Show up with respect...
Firstly & foremost- show up with respect for yourself. Sometimes the hardest part about working out is simply getting to the gym. You have to motivate yourself to get dressed, drive there & walk in the door. If you made it that far- a hard part is done! But it goes further than that too, show up with confidence and excitement. Once you find a workout regimen that not only works for you but is something you enjoy, you'll be excited to work! Be enthusiastic, be ready, be all about it!
Respect others. Everybody in that class got that motivation to show up too! Your class or the open gym you're at is probably filled with people of all ages, shapes, sizes & levels. I think such an important thing is encouraging others to challenge themselves & be proud of others accomplishments. Four months ago, I couldn't do a burpee for the life of me. But I never felt like other people around me were judging the fact that they were the slowest burpees on the planet. Instead, other people around me at the end of class were like- you did awesome, keep it up & keep moving forward! That was such a game changer for me!
Be a team player...
One of the biggest reasons that I love my kickboxing classes so much is the atmosphere that has been created there. Like I said earlier, people have shared compliments with me after classes & I try and to the same. It's so important to know that the space I'm exercising in- is a safe space. It's safe for me physically being surrounded by my trainers who are teaching your proper ways to do exercising, providing you with modifications & challenges.
It's also safe for my mental state. I don't feel intimidated even when then woman across from me can do 3 regular pushups for every 1 of mine. I feel encouraged to try a regular pushup-even once- just because it gets me out of my comfort zone. I feel that the people who surround me at classes are the ones who really make that atmosphere safe & special. Be one of those positive people and help ensure that the space you're working out in, is safe & special. Don't be afraid to encourage, compliment & get to know others. It's a wonderful thing!
There are 2 big things for me under this category. This for me is all about being mindful of others. Your behavior helps create the environment you're in- negatively or positively.
With that being said- mind your personal space & that of others. For the most part, I don't run into many issues. But there have been times where I'm on my bag and suddenly somebody is about 6 inches from me. This isn't only dangerous (that one time I almost got kicked in the face) but it's distracting. While you're often going to get into the zone- which I definitely do- just make sure you're in your own space & it's not going to effect the people directly surrounding you.
The second thing that bothers me is when you're not totally tuned in. I've been in classes where the person next to me is totally going rogue. And I mean they're not doing anything remotely what the instructor is having me do. I can tell you, the people surrounding you when you're doing this are distracted. It takes away from our workout when you're just doing something very random because seeing something out of the corner of my eye is going to take us away from what's going on. The instructors are giving you specific combinations for a reason- trust their skills & abilities to give you a great workout. They're going to provide you with modifications & if they don't- when you ask they always will!
Going further with that, put your phones away. Unless you're waiting for an emergency phone call or text which of course might happen, put it away & be present. I once took an early AM class and at 5:30 AM the woman next to me was talking on her phone. Because the music was so loud- she was talking to loud which meant I couldn't hear the instructor. I've been next to people who check their texts or pickup their phone and it's just such a distraction for those around you.
Be mindful that there are other people surrounding you and how your actions do play a role in everybody's time at the gym!
Enjoy your time there...
Enjoy the time you get to spend on yourself at the gym- I think that's super important! What you're doing is such an awesome thing where not only should you be proud- but you should have fun doing it! Working out should not be a chore, it should not be boring, it should not be dreadful. It might mean trying a series of different things until you figure out what works for you! Last year I tried running & ended up hating it after 4 months! Finding kickboxing has been so amazing for me & I'm so happy I stumbled upon it!
Overall, it's important to acknowledge & accept that being active is so important. Being active in my life looks different than my sisters life or my best friends life or the woman who is always at the kickboxing bag across from me life. If you exclude the judgment, the ridicule & disses & replace that with encouragement, acceptance & growth-you'll see how working out can easily become so enjoyable! Take the time to find what interests & excites you and go with it!
What are your best tips for working out in a group space? What works for you? Or what bothers you?
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