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Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: I Can't Keep Up in Class

Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: I Can't Keep Up in Class

A lot of us have our favorite excuses for not working out, but if yours is: "I can't keep up in a class," then here are some tips for overcoming that issue:

  • Start with a beginner's class and work your way up.
  • Remember that everyone has to start somewhere and chances are that everyone in the class started out just like you, not having a clue what to do.
  • The teacher is there to help you and in most cases they will not scold you or make you leave the room if you are messing up. Boot camp instructors may be a bit more harsh, but that is just the nature of the class and is not something you should take personally.
  • Chances are the instructor will realize you are new and assist you when you need it and go easier on you than those that have been in the class every single day for the past two months. If it eases your worries, get there early and tell the instructor that you're new, but you're going to do your best to keep up.
  • There is nothing wrong with taking a breather every once in a while to catch your breath or just so you can get back on track.
  • Go with a friend who has also never done the class before, then you can fumble and laugh together.
  • Make a buddy at the class, someone who knows the drill. Chances are they will guide you when you need a little extra assistance.
  • Get a spot in front. I know the very last thing you want is to draw attention to yourself but being able to hear and see the instructor is an important key to learning the moves.

Have your own suggestions for keeping up with an exercise class? Then share them in the comments section below.


Brazilxoxo Brazilxoxo 10 years
I always felt like a dork in classes and I hate getting ready to go to the gym just so afterwards I have to get cleaned up and get ready to leave again so I bought a bunch of exercise dvds, a few sets of dumbells,and a mat and I do it at home. Soooo much better!
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
For a long time, I didn't do classes because I felt I wouldn't be able to keep up. But, the thing is - you have to start somewhere. I took some privates with an instructor I liked, then went into a class. Now that I'm in classes, I've met some great people and I love the new challenges. People are nice and not critical. In fact, many are very encouraging.
juju4 juju4 10 years
As a dancer, I always used to tell myself that if I could keep up with the first class, it wasn't challenging enough. :-) I go to a step class with an instructor named Mona, and she is amazing. She really keeps us moving, and keeps our brains working with some complex choreography. There are always some first timers that leave in the middle of class because they get discouraged. It's sad, because everyone in the class was at one point just completely lost on their first day too! But once you get used to her style, it's really challenging and fun! The hour flies by, and you get such a rush when you can master a really difficult combination! And honestly, as long as you keep moving (safely) then you are burning calories.
ktacce ktacce 10 years
I really really love body sculpt/pump because I need someone to tell me how long to lift weights for and vary it up for me! It is one of the best classes for beginners too because there's no complicated footwork and you can choose the heavy-ness of the weights! (I was going to say the weight of the weights... ;)) And I just read in Shape that in long lifting sessions you burn more calories than previously believed! LOVES it.
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