When I decided to pursue my BodyStep certification back at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t sure this group fitness thing would be for me.
Am I really fit enough to teach a class?
Can I memorize choreography?
How will I ever be able to engage and energize a class?
But I plugged my nose, pushed those chocking doubts beneath the surface, and pushed myself head first into the world of Les Mills and group fitness.
And I discovered I loved it.
I loved it so much.
And that love was already there.
I’ve been taking some form of a group fitness class for my entire life. I started off with group sports, then transitioned to yoga classes and kickboxing classes and – most recently – the Les Mills classes. I’m passionate for exercise and fitness, and, looking back, I realize I have been my whole life. I just didn’t realize it. Because it was just what I did, a part of my life, my routine.
It’s what I reach for when I need a boost, a happiness fix. Exercise is my comfort food. When I feel stressed and irritated and at loose ends, I want to teach a BodyStep class or hop on my bike and hit the W&OD trail.
So after my BodyStep certification, I started feeling the itch to add to my repertoire. If BodyStep is my first, true love, then RPM is my grittier, indoor cycling, alter-ego. So I decided that the time was NOW – not later – to go for what I love, and I signed up for the RPM initial training.
I spent this past weekend learning all the ins and outs of RPM, technique, coaching, connecting, and – finally – presenting a track to the group. Twice.
Even though it wasn’t the first time I’ve taught, I felt that familiar wave of nauseau in my stomach before it was my turn to present. My heart thumped I can’t do it, I can’t do it, I can’t do it.
But that bigger part of me wanted that 6 out of 6 on my final evaluation. I visualized seeing a giant X in that PASS – CLEARED TO INSTRUCT box.
And I did it. I pushed passed that fear, remembered what it is I do best as an instructor, weaved in my new technique, and made myself proud.
I got that 6 out of 6. But this is just the start. Over the next 60 days, I need to team teach and practice and work up to taping myself for my video assessment. I’m nervous. But more than nervous, I’m excited. I can’t wait to bring my love for RPM to the classes at my gyms. And I can’t wait to make myself proud.