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How Not to Let Others Ruin Your Fitness Class

You've set aside time in your schedule to head to your favorite Zumba, indoor cycling, or Vinyasa class, but you can't enjoy it because certain people in the room drive you crazy! Don't let one person get in the way of a good workout. Here's how to rise above and not be affected by these annoying habits.

  • Brush your teeth much?: For many, heading to a midday class means scarfing down a quick bite beforehand. Unfortunately, you get a whiff of their garlic breath whenever they exhale. Offering them a mint, mid-Sun Salutation isn't exactly an option, so the best thing you can do is turn your head, move over slightly, or focus on syncing your breath so you inhale and exhale at the same time.
  • How about deodorant?: You can't help it if the person next to you doesn't wash their workout clothes between sweat sessions, or skips deodorant; if they stink, you have to ignore it. Carry a hand towel spritzed with lavender that you can periodically sniff throughout class. If you're aware of who the offender is, casually move to the other side of the room.
  • I'm here to sweat, not to sweet talk: Fitness classes are great ways to meet new people, but you might not be there to schmooze. If someone is trying to chat with you, smile and politely say you can talk after class. But if it's a beginner class, expect that students may ask the instructor questions. If you're not into all the talk, choose an intermediate class, where there's usually less need for discussion.
  • Do you not see me?: You made it to class early to get your favorite spot in the room, but later, someone else sets up just a few inches away from you. Getting into your personal space can be annoying, especially if there's room in the class to spread out. Don't be angry, just be honest. Politely ask the person if they can slide over just a bit.
  • Could you be any louder?: It's impossible to be on time to every class. But what's disrespectful is when a late person makes a racket when entering the room. They slam the door, drop their water bottle, noisily get the equipment they need, and maybe even strike up a conversation with someone they know. Unfortunately there's nothing you can do but summon up all your patience and understanding, and use it as an opportunity to practice tuning everything out and to focus on nothing but your breath.
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