Learning to Love Group Classes Again

As you may remember, I joined the YMCA for the summer. I started strong, using the Jamie Eason “LiveFit” program. But slowly and surely…my motivation started to wane. Life has been getting in the way. I would put off going to the gym and never seemed to get there. So I did what I always have done when that happens…tried a group class.

My most consistent gym-going days were back when I went to Elite Training Center in St Petersburg. This was before kids, toward the end of law school. My husband and I would go together, and we LOVED it. We took their “Cardio Kickboxing” classes and I’ve probably never been in such good shape. Unfortunately, it wasn’t cheap. Not even close.

Then we joined another gym and my friend Jenn and I attended a Body Pump type class. I can’t remember exactly what it was called, but it had the same basic components. And then…I got pregnant. And stopped going.

Since having my second baby, I really haven’t had a consistent workout plan. But I’m excited to be focusing on that again. And I think these group classes are really going to help. The only problem? During the week, the classes are either 5:30-6:30pm or 6:00-7:00pm. The problem with that? I don’t get out of work to pick up the kids until 5pm, and then they go to bed by 7:30 or 8:00pm. Going to a group class in the evening means I miss time with them. ¬†And then…the Mommy Guilt steps in.

But I do have Fridays off work and my kids love going to the childcare at the gym. So this Friday, I tried the “Body Pump” class for the first time. I loved it!



I checked out the Saturday schedule and went for Zumba – I’ve been twice now and while I’m not totally on the bandwagon yet, I do love getting my heart rate up and moving my body to some fun music.



So I’m thinking if I can do two classes on the weekend, and one or two during the week, I’ll be on a good track. The one thing I’m missing?

Gym buddies.

The times I’ve been the most successful in sticking to a workout routine is when I’ve had people to hold me accountable and keep me motivated.

I’m hoping by going consistently to some group classes, I’ll find some of those folks. And hopefully I can be that for someone else.

How have you found workout buddies to keep you focused?

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  1. So I teach a lot of those classes, but I still have to work out, so the way I’ve found buddies is that I FORCE people I work with, or girlfriends that I’m meeting up with for lunch to go with me. We still can chat and gossip over the course of a run, so it’s better than meeting over some terrible food!

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