via – Lydia M.
The Train Gang: What’s it like in the “studio”?
My friends who know I’m doing this (which is all of them, because I cannot shut up about it — sorry, y’all!) sometimes ask me what the sessions are actually like — not just the workouts, but the people and the environment. Here’s a quick rundown of my impressions over the past six weeks:
- There’s no fat-phobia or fat-shaming. I cannot tell you what a relief it is to not have that kind of negative self-talk or criticism of others in this environment — it’s a revelation! Nobody even brings out that bummer nonsense about “working off” ice cream/wine/chocolate/whatever. The focus is on increasing your personal best.
- My fellow “trainees” are all kinds of people — women outnumber the men, but it’s all ages, shapes and sizes, and all levels of strength and skill at different times. What unites us is our shared desire to get stronger and fitter. And sometimes our awe when someone is absolutely nailing it — that never gets old.
- Each session is full of friendly faces — pleasant greetings, brief hi-how-are-you conversations before we get cranking, encouragement at every turn. People want to be here, and the vibe is contagious.
- There’s definitely an etiquette, but don’t worry — what you don’t grok on your own, your workout pals will help you out with. For instance: The way we space ourselves in the room, depending on how many people are there; the direction in which we rotate after each move in a circuit; the courtesy flip of the mat between each use; the all-hands equipment wipe down at the end of the session. Some of the stuff I figured out, and some I learned from the veterans — it’s all very logical and orderly.
- Sometimes it’s hard because the workouts are tough, but sometimes it’s harder because Jon (one of the trainers) is making everyone laugh when we’re trying to do a particularly difficult core exercise. (Seriously — YOU try doing that dang crisscross leg thing while he’s butchering his “Danger Zone” singalong! ha!)
Anything specific you wanna ask me? Hit me up in the comments — or in the studio!