Friends, it might not be obvious but I used to hate working out. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. I never disliked it but never had the motivation to go to the gym and if I did go, I never knew what to do. I’d sit on Instagram for hours, looking up booty or ab workouts and then try to recreate them at the gym yet never felt like I was accomplishing anything.
As someone who has never cared about my personal health, exercise was never a priority for me. When I was younger, I drank soda every single day and ate fast food every chance that I could get. And while I’ve cut out soda, I still indulge on fast food more often than I like to admit. But my metabolism is not what it was in high school.
Though I’m still fortunate and can eat pretty poorly, I knew that I wanted to make a change in my diet and in my exercise routine. Yet I never knew how. I couldn’t cut myself off cold turkey and I couldn’t keep guessing in the gym.
That’s when a good friend of mine introduced me to The Madison! I had always heard about spin class and had always wanted to go but never pulled the trigger until she invited me to class one day. That one class changed everything for me.
The instructor immediately complimented me once class was done and told me that I had done amazing for a first-timer. For the first time, I felt like I knew what I was doing and I didn’t feel judged while doing it. Plus I left class sweaty af. I immediately became addicted. I started to attend more and more classes and began feeling more confident about myself.
That addiction turned into a membership and I have now been spinning 3-4 times a week for a month now and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. There’s something about the lights, the loud music, the community, and the stress-relief that comes from a class that has completely and utterly changed me. When I start my mornings with spin class, I not only feel more comfortable in my own skin but any stresses that have been on my mind for the week completely disappear. Suddenly it’s just me, the music, and the bike.
Now, this blog wasn’t written to convince you to take a spin class. If it does and you fall in love, you’re welcome. But if it doesn’t, that’s okay too. The point of this blog is to motivate you to find something that you love. My love for spin has gotten me wanting to try new things. I now do yoga sculpt once or twice a week and I’m always looking for a new class to take. I have a newfound motivation that I believe everyone should experience.
When you work out and find an exercise you love, you learn to love yourself. You become amazed at what your body can do and how strong you really are. So go out there and give it a shot. Try class pass for a month (it’s free!) and take a bunch of different classes. Experiment. See what you love, what you hate. Get your friends to come with. Exercise is always more fun when you have a group of people struggling right there with you.
I challenge you to try something new this month. Whether it’s one class or a new workout routine at the gym, give it a shot. See what works for you and learn to fall in love with exercise and more importantly, yourself.2