Exploring new modalities can open a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to fitness. How will you ever know if you like circuit classes, barre, cycle, or TRX if you never set foot inside a studio and try them? The most important part of experiencing different classes is this: do not be afraid of failure. Many people try and hold themselves to unrealistic standards, hoping they will go in and excel in any class. Or they let fear hold them back from pushing themselves. These tips will help you get beyond those boundaries the mind tends to set, so you can find a new passion or find your edge in the studio.
Overcome The Fear
Our minds are fascinating organs- they can help us accomplish many amazing feats, but they can also hold us back. The brain creates fear, and fear can dominate our emotional spectrum. It can overtake all other thoughts and cloud our judgment. When it comes to trying new fitness routines or modalities, your mind might start listing all the reasons why you shouldn’t.
- I might fail.
- What if I can’t keep up?
- I don’t want to look silly.
- What if I hate it?
These are all valid questions, as are the others that might come with a fear of trying something new. But in order to excel and accomplish new feats, you have to be open to failing. Don’t let fear keep you from trying a challenging or different class. Go in and do the best you can, then assess how you feel afterward. Experience is the only water to determine if something suits you, or not.
Research Fitness Modalities
Researching and learning about a fitness class or modality ahead of time will allow you to have a basic understanding of the expectations. Try checking out the studio’s Instagram, Facebook, or other social media pages. Visit their website and read about what each class entails. Ask friends, coworkers, or family members who have tried the routine or workout before what to expect. This allows you to build up an idea in your mind and takes the daunting guesswork out of the experience.
Bring A Fitness Friend
Having a friend to try new things with always makes them a little more comfortable. If you’re planning to try a new studio, class, or workout, invite your fitness buddy to attend with you. Remember to take the experience seriously, but have some fun with it, and your partner. Laughing, engaging, and challenging each other will help make the class more enjoyable. If you both decide you like it, having a second person to share the new hobby with adds accountability as well.
Trying new things is a part of life- so don’t let uncertainty, fear, or discomfort stop you from engaging in the unknown. Grab that gym bag and find your edge!