The Readers’ Workouts meme is hosted at Joy’s Book Blog. This is a place to share exercise successes and challenges.
My gym membership includes 4 Pilates Reformer classes per month (if you don’t know what a Pilates Reformer is, think of it as a medieval torture device). I have taken a few classes in the past, but I’ve lapsed the last few months, and since I’m paying for them anyways I thought I’d better get using them; so I went to a class today.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am out of shape and not very flexible nor graceful. And I felt intimidated by the others in the class, because they had obviously been there before – I wanted to run away. But nothing gets easier by running away, so I stayed and I worked through the exercises to the best of my ability - and kept up pretty well, actually. Thankfully the class is very small (there were only four of us) and since I let the instructor know when I arrived I was a bit rusty he (yep – a guy!) took time to show me proper form. I still felt a bit awkward (hey, I can’t become graceful overnight) but I’m proud of myself for seeing it through. Tomorrow, however, I may not be able to move but, well, that’s tomorrow.
The moral of the story for me: Everything is hard the first time (or the first time back). But it won’t become any easier if the first time never happens.