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June 7, 2010

There were tears at the gym today. I cried at the gym today. There, I said it. Tears.

After a meeting ended at 4:45 this afternoon, I rushed home with the hopes of making it to Zumba class at the gym. When I checked the schedule I saw that Zumba wasn’t until tomorrow but there was a class at 5:15 called TNT. I quickly read the description on the back of the schedule,

An explosive all body workout that will get you into shape fast! Be ready to move, be ready to work hard, be ready to have an incredible workout!

and figured that I could handle the class. I quickly got dressed, rushed out the door and made it to the class 10 minutes before it was supposed to start. I talked to one of the girls in the class to see what I should expect but her description didn’t do the class justice. At 5:15 the instructor came inside the room and told us that we were going to go outside to do some drills. Gulp.

We started the class off with squats, then moved into sprints, lunges, butt kicks and some other kind of exercises that I don’t know the name of but hurt like hell. I was literally the last person to finish every single one of the exercises. I kept my head held high thinking “it’s okay, it’s just my first class, I’ll be okay and it will be over soon”. When we got back inside the room I told the girl who I talked to before the class started “the next time someone is new to the class tell them to run!” – hahaha

Inside the room wasn’t much better. We did some pushups, crab walks, sideways crab walks (when you go from one side to the other while in “crab” position – anyone know the name of these?), more pushups, duck walks, leg lifts, sit ups and planks. Somewhere between the crab walk and the duck walks I was frustrated, sore and had a few tears streaming down my face. Yeah. I was crying. At the gym. In a class. In front of buff people. I can’t even tell you how many times I stared at the clock, counting down the minutes until the class was over. The thought of leaving the class crossed my mind more than once and I almost left. Twice. Eventually the torture ended and the class was over. It wasn’t great, I couldn’t even do a complete set of exercises once we came back inside but I made it through to the end of the class. I didn’t let it defeat me.

After the class was over the girl that I talked to before it began congratulated me on making it through. She said it was one of the hardest classes that she’d been to with the instructor. Two other people welcomed me and agreed that it was a rough class. Although the others could do the exercises better (much better) than I did, they struggled too. Somehow it made me feel better to know that I wasn’t the only one struggling. Everyone has to start at the beginning sometime and tonight it was my turn.

I’ll let you know how the class goes again next Monday.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Sally permalink
    June 8, 2010 9:45 am

    Not only did you not let the class defeat you, you’re going back next week. You’re a LEGEND.

    • June 8, 2010 8:45 pm

      HAHA! Thanks Sally šŸ™‚ Unfortunately I just realized that I’m going out of town next Monday so I won’t be able to do the class until the following week. After my legs recover I’m going to work on squats and lunges so hopefully it won’t be so bad next time.

  2. June 8, 2010 4:38 pm

    Hi Danielle,
    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and thought I’d finally comment. I just wanted to congratulate you for sticking through that really tough class. It may not have been the best workout or the prettiest, but you’d probably feel more defeated if you gave up.
    I hope next week’s class is much more enjoyable for you.

    • June 8, 2010 8:49 pm

      Thanks for leaving a comment Alison šŸ™‚

      You’re right. I would have been really disappointed in myself if I had given up so I’m glad that I was able to really dig deep and stay until the end.

      I realized today that I am going out of town next Monday so I won’t be able to attend until the following week. Regardless of when I go back, I’m definitely going! Thanks for your support šŸ™‚

  3. Jennie permalink
    June 8, 2010 4:38 pm

    I’m really proud of you! Next week someone else can be the new girl.

    • June 8, 2010 8:45 pm

      Thanks Jennie! It was so hard and I’m totally paying the price today – I can hardly move! It was worth it though šŸ™‚

  4. June 9, 2010 9:19 am

    You totally rock! I love your honesty in this post and I totally relate the crying part. I’ve definitely been there, too. The incredible part is that you STAYED and you are GOING BACK. Challenging yourself will only make you stronger – literally and figuratively šŸ™‚

  5. June 21, 2010 5:39 pm

    Have you recovered yet? Sounds like you were probably sore for a couple of days! Proud of you for sticking it out!

    • June 21, 2010 5:43 pm

      It took me like 4 days to recover from the class! I missed it last Monday because I was in Atlanta and didn’t want to try it again tonight because I was afraid of not being able to walk in the airport tomorrow! I’m definitely going back when we get back from visiting Lisa, although body pump is the same days so I’m not sure if I can take both in one day!

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