Alternate title: That One Time I Wrote That Post That Got Everyone Riled Up
As I was going over some of my old Blend Retreat posts for the purpose of linking with my Blend Retreat button on the sidebar (we now get referrals for $ off of our tickets so I added a little note to the bottom of my “I’m going” button–>), I came across this lovely number:
Some things came to mind:
- I still stand behind it because it was HOW I FELT… even though it got some people riled up. People love their GPP!
- I definitely didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings and I did remove the trainer’s name whom I mentioned in the post.
- It taught me a whole lot about blogging…and to be careful about naming names…you never know who might be reading!
- This makes me nervous to workout at Blend again. I mean my arms were so sore that, as I said in the post, it hurt to put on my shirt or brush my teeth.
- It frustrates me when I can’t get a point across and I have to re-explain myself in comments. Not that I get mad at readers, but I get frustrated at myself that I’m not a better writer who can make all of her thoughts crystal clear. (Something similar happened in a recent post where readers thought I was trying to say what was right and wrong to blog about when I was really saying bloggers shouldn’t feel pressure to bare all.)
- I remember very vividly being with Dave in KC (where he was working at the time) and not being able to sleep because I wasn’t used to the comments I was getting.
Anyhow, I wanted to do a little follow-up to the post to explain things that I might have only talked about in the comments. Working at a gym and studying for the NASM has me thinking about all things fitness lately. Plus Blend is coming up very quickly!!
I also wanted to open it up again to see how the current readers feel about this type of group fitness class. aka intense boot-camps with lots of fitness gurus.
(some of these things I found out/realized after I wrote that post)
- I was in a room full of fitness gurus doing workouts I hadn’t done in months (both when I was at GPP fitness and at the bootcamp). I had been training for a half-marathon so was more focused on running longer distances.
- Usually GPP fitness classes are 30 minutes. The boot-camp was an hour…so basically twice as long as their normal workouts.
- Usually the GPP instructor will tell newbies to do half the reps and half the weight. When I was at the gym I was not told this probably because the instructor thought we were all fitness buffs.
- I did take things personally like the instructor asking me if I was okay and then walking over to my friends and telling them they were “so strong.” I’m human. My ego gets hurt on occasion.
- I thought the trainer at the boot-camp was telling me to work harder when she was really helping correct my form. If I hadn’t misinterpreted her intentions, her correcting me probably wound’t have been a big deal.
- For the boot-camp: I did modify, sit out, enlist a blend to go slower with me AND left the workout early (I specifically remember the last part because I wasn’t in the group photo at the end..sad day).
- At the GPP gym: I also modified and took breaks. I wasn’t being totally wreck-less or giving in completely to the group pressure.
- Just because my first experience with GPP was less-than-awesome..doesn’t mean it is a bad company or anyone working for them had bad intentions.
- The comments on old posts get repeated since I switched from Blogger to WordPress. So if you go back to read the comments…it gets a little confusing.
My main reasons for writing the post:
- To share my feelings/opinions. What else is a blog for? It made me crabby I was so sore and upset I felt the pressure to kill myself with a workout. It was also hard to do life the next few days since I could hardly move!
- I totally understand it’s my fault for giving in a little to the pressure around me. I am human. Sometimes I care about what others think. (Although as I mentioned above, I did modify and sit out at times.) I just wanted to address the fact that the pressure in group fitness exists.
- To suggest modifiers for group fitness workouts. Or at least have instructors say what a modification is for each exercise.
- To tell everyone that you don’t need to be sore for DAYS in order to get a good workout. In fact, that’s probably not a good sign…at least on a regular basis.
- To remind everyone that you don’t need to do 1000 burpees, lunges, squats, jumps, etc to be healthy or fit. Fitness and health comes in many different forms.
- To give virtual hugs and high-fives to the ladies who also felt less-than-adequate at the workouts. I feel you! I went in super proud I had just run my very first 13.1 mile race and left feeling out of shape.
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I can’t wait to attend Blend this year! I might sit out a boot-camp (or two) but you can bet I will be there trying my best to make friends (with my limited people skills ), hike the mountains, do the fun run that is now organized (yay!!), connect with my dear blends, and encourage first time attendees. I really did overall enjoy my time at Blend Retreat…that’s why I’m going again for the third year in a row!
Happy Blend posts:
Foodie Fun (2013)
More Than Blogging (2013)
Get Uncomfortable (2013)
Uncomfortable (<- the post where I almost didn’t go out of fear! 2012)
Hope to see you there!!
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