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Speak Up: What Exercise Do You Find Most Intimidating?

Even the most fervent fitness fanatics have things we just won't do. I'm all for taking up new fitness habits, but they don't always stick. I shy away from ice climbing, and I have friends who are terrified of surfing.

Some fitness fears are more basic: maybe you've always wanted to take group kickboxing classes, but the thought of keeping up with the steps keeps you up at night. Or perhaps you shudder at stepping into the free-weight section of your gym. So let's get it off our chests: what form of exercise do you find most intimidating, and why?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
Hm, well I certainly hate swimming because I am petrified of the water... so I guess surfing and wind surfing and sailing is out too! Ha Ha... I am also terrified of Mountain Biking... That's just ASKING to die!
cupcakers cupcakers 6 years
I'm with #6-mountain biking! when I was a kid I fell forward off my bike right on the face on the road, and I could never try mountain biking feeling like I could fall off any second, too scary!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
Aerobics classes. I have nightmares about bouncing about in lycra. Just, nuh, not for me. And swimming, I'm not a strong swimmer and hate not being able to touch the bottom.
cg130 cg130 6 years
I'd like to try surfing but the ocean sort of freaks me out!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
Group/team sports. I hate the pressure put on me by teammates.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Any kind of water sport--I can't swim well enough; I'd probably drown.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Any water sport in the ocean. I'm paranoid of the predators in the sea.
Runnergirl13 Runnergirl13 6 years
Snowboarding! I surf, but the thought of hurtling down a slope sideways while attached to a board scares the stuffing out of me!
syako syako 6 years
My husband actually went there on a company team building trip too. :) I think I can find something more local though (I'm in MD).
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I think surfing would scare me because I've had a few scares with rip tides and having trouble surfacing after a wave takes me under. I've always wanted to try gymnastics and dance since I too was too poor for any sports growing up but starting at 29 seems way to late to try and learn, no matter that I'm still flexible. I would feel like a fool with no coordination. I do enjoy skiing and if you think you're going to fall, I recommend accidentally running into a cute guy - they're cute, they offer to help teach you, and sometimes you can get a cup of hot chocolate with them, at least that has been my experience. That's how I met one of my former boyfriends. Syako - you can take white water kayaking lessons at the National White Water Center in Charlotte, NC. My company went there once as a team building exercise and it's a lot of fun (and still scary but with help standing on the side lines).
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 6 years
I like using my exercise bike but biking around town in traffic is so scary! I'm afraid of getting hit by a car.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
snow skiing... I'm so afraid of falling down the mountain and breaking every bone in my body or my neck.
Beaner Beaner 6 years
Dance classes intimidate me, since I have zero coordination and grace. But sports involving water like water skiing, surfing, and open water swimming scare me because of the critters living below. Dowhilll skiing also scares me a little because I hate going fast and feeling out of control, so i stick to snowshoeing. rsqueeze - I totally can relate. When I went mountain biking with my husband, I fell many times and was being eaten alive by mosquitoes. I think it's a little too extreme for my liking.
arianamarie arianamarie 6 years
i've always always wanted to do gymnastics, but we were too broke to put me in anything...i don't know if it's too late to try (i'm 23) but i if i could i would
syako syako 6 years
White water kayaking. My husband is a thrill seeker and would love to just get out there on a river and go, but I keep telling him we (or at least I) need to do lessons first so at to not hurt ourselves. I love kayaking on smooth water though, so I'm sure it would be an awesome time...
darc5204 darc5204 6 years
I would like to take dance classes, but I am not graceful at all. I tried taking a class at my gym, but it was too fast and aerobics-based and not at all about learning the steps correctly.
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
Rock climbing. Not the kind in the gym, with someone spotting you, but out on cliffs where you could fall and die. High Diving. That water hurts when you hit it wrong. I agree with Boxing, MMA, that sort of "aggression sport". I'm sure I have more.. ha.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
I recently tried surfing, and was not only in love with it, but was surprisingly good!!! I'm scared of boxing. one of my friends from college is an amateur women's boxer and I honestly cannot imagine putting myself willingly in the path of someone else's fist.
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