AbsoluteFIT with Lydia: Welcome, New Friends! 

via – Lydia M., AVAC’s AbsoluteFIT Blogger

Be not afraid — follow these tips for a great new-to-AbsoluteFIT experience!


With kids starting back to school and parents finding their routine again, I’m betting there will be more new people in the AbsoluteFIT studio — and that is awesome! You might not know what to expect if you’re completely new to this, so let me give you a few tips:

Don’t be intimidated! It may feel weird to walk into a new environment, especially if it seems that everyone already knows what to do, but fear not — everyone was a noob at one point, and this is a really welcoming space for all.

Meet the trainers. They’ll introduce themselves to you, and since AbsoluteFIT is all small-group training, they’ll likely recognize that you’re new, and ask you about your experience and any injuries or other limitations before you start. These are great people who love their jobs, and they want you to have a great session and come back for more.

Don’t hide in the back. There’s not really a “back,” not like in a big Group X class, but I mean it’s not necessary to linger at the edges. Nobody’s competing with you, nobody’s judging you, there’s no choreography to mess up, and trust me: the trainers will find you. Heh.

Do your best, but be honest about your limits. Nobody expects someone new to AbsoluteFIT to heft the 15-lb. dumbbells in an overhead press — and if you overdo it, or worse, injure yourself, you won’t have a good time and you won’t feel great about coming back. Notice how even the veterans get their behinds kicked — everyone’s working at their own personal best, and there’s a HUGE range as to what that is.

Ask the trainers for modifications — or explanations/demonstrations — if you need them. Whether it’s because of a wonky knee or a long-ago broken wrist, or you don’t understand how the TRX works, or because you just know your triceps aren’t strong enough for that move yet, speak up — they will all happily explain, demonstrate, or tell you how to modify the exercises to make them work for you.

Just show up and get your sweat on! That’s the most important tip of all.

—Lydia M.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


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