Hey Fat Girl, I got something to say to you…

I had to re-post this.  This is the time of year when I like to remind you fellow fitness fanatics that while the New Year’s resolution gym crowd can be frustrating,  those very people need  encouragement and support- not your attitude of superiority.  When you encounter newbies out there in the coming days at the gym or the pool or wherever… Be patient with them and the people who are clueless in your workout classes. Each of these individuals are starting a new scary journey and have their own challenges to overcome. Show them how to use the treadmill. Tell them what equipment they need for class if the instructor is busy. Smile at them.  Make them feel welcome in your gym so that they want to return the next day.  Become inspired by them!

Hey Fat Girl, Image

Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy. You’re slow, you breathe hard and your efforts at moving forward make you cringe. 

You cling shyly to the furthest corridor, sometimes making larger loops on the gravel ring by the track just so you’re not on it. You sweat so much that your hair is all wet. You rarely stay for more than 20 minutes at a time, and you look exhausted when you leave to go back home. You never talk to anyone. I’ve got something I’d like to say to you. 

You are awesome. 

If you’d look me in the eye only for an instant, you would notice the reverence and respect I have for you. The adventure you have started is tremendous; it leads to a better health, to renewed confidence and to a brand new kind of freedom. The gifts you will receive from running will far exceed the gigantic effort it takes you to show up here, to face your fears and to bravely set yourself in motion, in front of others. 

You have already begun your transformation. You no longer accept this physical state of numbness and passivity. You have taken a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.

You’re a hero to me. And, if you’d take off the blaring headphones and put your head up for more than a second or two, you would notice that the other runners you cross, the ones that probably make you feel so inadequate, stare in awe at your determination. They, of all people, know best where you are coming from. They heard the resolutions of so many others, who vowed to pick up running and improve their health, “starting next week”. Yet, it is YOU who runs alongside, who digs from deep inside to find the strength to come here, and to come back again.

You are a runner, and no one can take that away from you. You are relentlessly moving forward. You are stronger than even you think, and you are about to be amazed by what you can do. One day, very soon, maybe tomorrow, you’ll step outside and marvel at your capabilities. You will not believe your own body, you will realize that you can do this. And a new horizon will open up for you. You are a true inspiration.

I bow to you.

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Spin Class: Give it a Whirl! Here’s What You Might Want to Know as a Newbie.

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If you are one of the many who gather outside my spin class door looking thru the glass, you might be thinking “I wonder if that is fun? Those people are sweating like pigs, but they are smiling… ” OR ” i’d like to try that sometime…”

Well… COME ON IN and give it a spin (pun fully intended).

An indoor cycling, or more commonly known “spin” class is nothing to fear. New spin students may want to check the tips provided in this article and those I have included below. Also, a good spin instructor will spend some time with you helping you get properly fitted to your bike. However depending how many new students there are and how pressed for time the instructor is- it is good to know the basics of how to set up your bike. This video will show you the basics of how to get the bike set up. This blog entry also provides some great background and tips on the vernacular that you will encounter in spin class!

These are the other basic tips that I always provide to my new students…

1. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early and I will help you get your bike set up and go over basic safety and spin instructions. As long as the studio is empty we will be able to get in and get to work!

2. Bring water- a bike water bottle works best but any water bottle will work!

3. If you have bike shorts- your sit bones and nether regions will thank you!. If not no big deal! Just wear something comfortable and cool and tennis shoes. If you have long hair, a head band or ponytail is best to keep sweat out of your eyes.

4. Bring a small towel for wiping off sweat and your hands.

5. My classes are all about fun and getting a great workout so don’t be nervous if you are an indoor cycling newbie! I will help you throughout the class and assist you in maintaining proper form ( and feel free to ask questions). I want you to LOVE coming to class!

6. Class lasts for 60-65 minutes with 4 minutes of warm-up and 4 minutes of cool down.

There really is nothing to fear about trying out an indoor cycling class. Yes. You will sweat buckets. Yes. Your legs will burn. But I think you will find that you like it!