The Only Thing to Fear

is Cycling class!

Wait…  What?

Okay, I have issues.  And those issues come in the form of a confession.  Not a true confession, I suppose, because I am pretty sure I have shared with you my fear of trying new group exercise classes.  It’s irrational.  It’s dumb.  But that’s how I feel.  And the “what ifs” are killing my fitness spirit!  A few of the classes I’ve wanted to try are Zumba, BodyPump, Resistance Training and Cycling.




I have no rhythm.  I am totally tripping, falling and taking an entire row of people down with me.  And I don’t really like dancing.


body pump


I have no idea what to expect.  And the fear of the unknown is enough to keep me away.  What if I drop a weight on my foot?  Or worse, my neighbor’s foot?  But I love the idea of figuring this one out the most!

Resistance Training…



I have an idea of using some sort of resistance band and it snapping back and taking out my eye.  Or the eye of someone near me.




No idea what to expect other than a lot of pedaling.  But how do I set up the bike?  And what if I tip the bike over?  Let’s face it, those bikes look pretty small compared to a regular bike.  And guess, what?  I have fallen over on a regular bike before.

Now before you tell me my fears are ridiculous, I will say this.  I KNOW.  I honestly know they are.  I also know I am not the only one that feels this way about new classes.  Or just new things in general, I suppose.

But!  I did it.  I overcame my fear and I tried a new class!  Last Wednesday, I finally tried a cycling class.  I arrived 15 minutes early only to find an empty classroom.  The room was smaller than I had expected, with only 15 bikes set up in a circle all facing the center of the room.  The first two people to arrive were a mother and daughter.  An elderly mother and daughter.  My fears diminished a bit.  If they could do this, I could do this.  (I would later find out the mother was 80 years old!)  I introduced myself to them, trying to calm my nerves by talking.  They were polite enough, but seemed to really only want to talk to each other.  Alright then.

Next the instructor arrived about two minutes before the class was to start.  I introduced myself to her, telling her it was my first cycling class and asked for assistance with my bike.  While we got me set up, two guys joined the group.  And then we got started!

The class was good, but I realized I had a problem pretty quickly.  I hadn’t counted on having to stand up to peddle so often. I hadn’t even realized that would be such a factor.  And the problem with standing up, you ask?  I didn’t wear my ankle brace.  And I could feel it.  My ankle was throwing a fit.

But I was stupid.  I didn’t quit.  I kept going the best I could.  And I have been paying for it ever since.  I’ve had nagging pain in my ankle for the last week.  Every morning I wake up thinking today will be better and I will be able to run.  It has not happened.  I think I am probably aggravating it by being on my feet a lot more than usual working extra hours.  At work I’m on my feet pretty much non-stop.  I think I am going to run tomorrow anyway.  I honestly don’t think I am going to irritate it anymore by running.  And besides that I am going nuts.  We are enjoying what could be the last of the warm weather here and I hate missing it.

Back to the cycling class.  Would I do it again?  Yes, but not sure about this instructor.  I didn’t find her to be very motivating.  And I kind of hated the music she played.  More than half of it was country music.  Seriously, country music!  Shoot me now.  I don’t enjoy most country music and I certainly don’t find it energizing enough to work out to.  Horrible, just horrible.  I will probably try another class with her to see if she changes it up a bit, but I don’t think I could handle another class like the last one.

What do you fear?

What should I expect in a BodyPump or Resistance Training class?


8 thoughts on “The Only Thing to Fear

  1. Melanie

    Congrats on facing your fears! I can definitely relate. The gym is an intimidating place! I’ve been wanting to go to a cycle class lately, but I haven’t been to one in 10 years so it seems intimidating! However, this post has motivated me to buck up and face my fears too!! Yay.

  2. paigepodbelsek

    Yay congratulations!! Love cycling classes 🙂 If it makes you feel better, I was terrified to try yoga and now I’m obsessed with it….but at my third class I was flipping over for a pose and kicked the girl next to me ….. awwwwkward. Luckily she was cool about it!


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