Fear of being the new kid in class
Most of our new participants – regardless of their age, size and fitness level – feel nervous when starting our classes. We’ve seen clients arrive feeling anything from slight butterflies to complete terror, however our team of trainers are experienced at making everyone feel relaxed and welcome from the first session. I love seeing the relief when our new clients leave the class realising we’re not scary and they did a brilliant job of their first class.
It takes great courage to step out of your comfort zone and try a new class or form of exercise.
We tend to focus on negatives and insecurities – Will I keep up? Will I look stupid? Will I be the slowest in class? Will I be the biggest person there? Will everyone else be ultra-fit and slim? Will the trainers be mean? What if I can’t do the exercises? Am I going to be the least fit person there. Yes, these worries are common. Ignoring such negative self-talk and turning up to class despite it, takes courage, discipline and a lot of will. You need to pat yourself on the back.
Watching our new clients do a fabulous job in their first running class this week got me thinking about some positive self-talk that should replace all this negative nattering in your head.
Instead of focusing on what you cannot yet do, how you do not yet feel, or how you do not yet look, instead focus on the positives right now.
Remind and congratulate yourself on:
– Being brave enough to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try a new class
– Regularly challenging your body with a level of exercise that is uncomfortable (but very beneficial)
– Being in the special minority of Australians who do regular, organised, intensive exercise
– Setting and working towards a fitness/health goal
– The progress you’ve made, no matter how incremental
– Being committed to making your life healthier
There is no such thing at failing with fitness or health goals.
There might be some days that feel easier than others. There might be some exercises you can’t do (just yet!). There will be times that you’ll be disappointed in your efforts. But there is no way to fail. There’s just a slower road or a more efficient road. If you get off track, just jump back on. Ask for help – that’s what we’re here for.
See, nothing to be scared of.