Updated: Nov 26, 2022
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I can already hear some of you thinking, “Fitness classes aren’t my jam,” or "Nope, I don't do classes," so before you click away from this post, I have two point quick points for you to consider:
1️⃣ If you don’t like classes because you feel self-conscious exercising in a group…guess what? Many of us started out feeling that way, too. BUT the only person keeping an eye on how you’re moving is your instructor/trainer (it’s our job to make sure you’re moving safely). Everyone else in the class is focused on themselves, and they are doing their best to get their workout in. YOU are not on their radar. This uncomfortable feeling does go away. How? With regular class participation. Participating in fitness classes on a regular basis will help you build self-confidence, and soon enough, you won't care about who else is in the class and what they may be thinking about you. Keep some of that #maincharacterenergy for yourself, sis!
2️⃣ If you’re tired of holding down everything for yourself, your family, your job, etc., being able to follow along with an instructor/trainer is a way to take a break from carrying the weight of your world on your shoulders. Sign up for a class and show up ready to move. That’s all you need to do.
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So, how can taking classes help you be more consistent?
Consistency starts with INTENTION and takes PRACTICE. Being intentional about exercise requires you to take the time to plan your weekly movement sessions. Once you’ve determined what you have time for and when, the next step is to lock in your intention by signing up for a class/session. Then, add this as an appointment to your calendar — with a reminder that you won’t ignore (kids or significant others are unusually good at not letting you forget 👀). And, when it’s time for your fitness appointment, show up!
It’s fine to start with just 1 class/week…remember, you are practicing being consistent, and it’s easier to accomplish and far less discouraging when you are realistic and don’t overwhelm yourself. You can add more later once you’ve successfully participated in 1 class/week for several weeks in a row.
To get started practicing being consistent, each week, you'll need to:
☑️ Set an intention. How many classes will I take this week?
☑️ Check your schedule. When do I have time to take a class?
☑️ Find & book a class/session that fits your schedule. Tell a friend.
☑️ Show up for class.
☑️ Check in with yourself afterward. How do I feel after this class? What did I like/dislike? etc.
Repeat. THAT part… 😰
The 🔑 to the repeat part is to commit to doing your research. Try multiple class formats to find one or more that you enjoy and that don't feel like a chore. Once you've found your favs, you'll likely WANT to come back for more. THAT is the "golden ticket." WANTING to come back.
You'll WANT to come back when you've experienced a benefit during and/or after the class. I don't mean a change in the number on the scale or a super high calorie burn. I mean benefits that are truly meaningful to your overall well-being such as feelings of joy, calm/peace, inner and outer strength, or the freedom to take up space with your body, etc. Tuning in to the non-scale/calorie burn benefits you identify for yourself will help build your self-confidence muscle. You may even begin to miss taking the classes when you don't make it for a session or two. This feeling of missing how you feel after a class is a necessary ingredient of the recipe that helps you stick to a routine.
To get started with building your confidence and practicing consistency, I invite you to try our classes and small group training sessions to see if you find a favorite or 2 or 3 among our offerings.
💡 Even if you don't find a class you enjoy with us, you'll be able to use your “research” (type of class, instructor style, the energy of the other participants, the time of day, how you felt during/after class, etc.) to help you make informed fitness choices as you continue your journey to find an enjoyable movement routine that you can stick to.
For more info about our classes and to sign up for a session, click here.
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Hey there! My name is Maríssa Rivera-Davis (she/her). I am a certified womxn's fitness, nutrition, & wellness coach, licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor, and the founder of Her365 Fitness, a studio/gym & wellness community for womxn.
I help busy & over-stressed womxn find the time & energy to move more and eat better so they can develop self-care practices that feel good, that they enjoy, and that they can finally stic
My mission is to help womxn break free from the harmful cycles of dieting and the pursuit of body-image "ideals" so they feel empowered to live authentically & more joyfully in the body they have right now.