I was that nervous I had to wee 3 times in 30 minutes!
You don’t have to tell me you are nervous when you walk into the Studio, because I can see it on your face and I’m sorry…. I wish I could change it in an instant for you, I really wish I could.
She was nervous & anxious as well…..actually I think even a little scared.
I’d just rocked up to my very first EVER Tough Mudder Conditioning at the Studio and pumped to finally be joining everyone in their Saturday Training Session, rather than watching on the sidelines with a pregnant belly!
The young nervous lady was a newbie to the class as well, but not new to Zenergy, and I could see it in her eyes and went straight over…
“Hey, how are you!? Is this your first time too?!”
“Yep…” she said nervously.
“You’ll be ok,” I encouraged. “Just remember this is your workout and no one else’s so just do what you feel comfortable doing….”
She nodded politely with a blank look probably thinking, “Yeh it’s ok for you because your a fitness freak….” or something of the like.
It’s interesting as we (Tony and I) always get put into a “Basket” of those “fitness freaks”, but I’m here to tell you I was JUST as nervous as she was that first session.
We all have that little voice in our heads and mine was on fire that morning….
“What if I make a fool of myself in front of our Clients….?”
“I know I’m unfit because I haven’t trained hard since 2010, but I hope I can handle today…..”
“Maybe I should have done another class first and not chosen Tough Mudder as my first session back!!!”
I refocused and put my attention back on to my nervous buddy, and what she doesn’t know is all the encouraging I was about to give her, was actually for my benefit.
“Just know that there’s always options with each exercise so if it’s too hard scale it back ok….”
“Ok”, she nodded.
“Go at your own pace, there’s no need to rush or keep up with anyone else….”
She gave another “ok” a little bit more confidently.
“And the very first time you do the exercises go lighter than what you think so you can get comfortable with the movement, and then, and only then, up the weight IF you feel comfortable.”
Her last “Ok” came with a shy smile and the timer sounded for Round 1.
I took my own advice in that workout and I’m glad that I did.
I’m glad that I shook that little nervous voice out of my head and focused on me, and WHAT I WAS capable of, and WHY I WAS THERE….
To get back into it….
To see how I’d go….
To start – start somewhere – but start at my own pace.
I sweated, I worked hard, I did push ups on my knees and changed exercises immediately or asked Chris (the Trainer) for an alternative as soon as I knew that the exercise was beyond my body – at the moment.
The class finished and we were both shattered….in a very satisfying way.
The sort of satisfaction that comes from within, when you know you’ve overcome something and had a personal win.
Satisfaction from committing to do something that made you nervous to the point of having to do 3 wees in 30 minutes before the class. (Yep, I did 3!)
Nerves are normal, being anxious is normal and you will never overcome it by staying the same and not giving things a go.