I stepped onto the wooden court in the Plex with a few friends and waited for the Zumba class to begin. I’d never done Zumba before, but my friends had assured me that it was a great, fun workout. So, feeling uncharacteristically ambitious, I decided to give it a try. However, as soon as the instructor started to put on the music and I glanced at myself in the enormous mirror, I panicked. The thought of making a fool of myself in front of so many people was enough to make me break a sweat before the class even started. I said a quick goodbye to my friends and, without further explanation, ran as fast as I could out of the Plex.
I didn’t step foot in another group fitness class after that day during the winter of my freshman year. In fact, I avoided the Plex altogether. In my mind, running outside in the snow was better than risking humiliation at the Plex. No matter how many times my sister asked me to go to CrossFit with her or Rock Chief Ian encouraged me to go to his yoga classes, I simply couldn’t bring myself to say yes. Two years later, however, I decided to give the Plex another shot.
After much encouragement, I went to a spinning class for the first time with two of my friends. Although I asked them at least a dozen questions beforehand, I still felt slightly anxious as the instructor introduced herself and began the class. The upbeat tempo of the music and the ache in my legs soon made me forget my nerves. The hour passed quickly and by the end, I was already looking forward to the next class.
With the myriad of classes offered at the Plex, there’s bound to be one where each of us feels comfortable.
Although I was adamantly against going to group fitness classes before, I’ll admit that I’ve become a convert. The instructors are knowledgeable and enthusiastic, the structure forces you to work hard, and the classes are free. Whether it’s spin, yoga, or any of the other classes offered at the Plex, I’d strongly recommend that everyone give it a shot— at least twice.
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