Living fearlessly

by Kim on June 27, 2014

Happy Friday!

What are you up to this weekend? We’re heading into a wedding weekend—one of Brent’s good friends from childhood is getting married, and Brent’s in the wedding, so the festivities start tonight!

I just wanted to stop by and share a few pictures from class last night. One of the girls’ moms tagged along to hang out, so she was kind enough to snap a few pics for me.

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We lucked out on the weather—80 and cloudy, perfect for an outdoor workout.

I only had two participants again, but it was a different two than last week, and I continue to get emails from women who are interested in starting with us, so hopefully the group will continue to grow.

Turns out, the chances of being caught in a super awkward position during a group exercise class are incredibly high. I think this was during a plank –> dolphin transition, haha.

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I was constantly checking on the girls to see how they were holding up (as you can see). This workout included a pretty intense plank section that I was a little nervous about going in, and although it went ok, I ended up only going through it once instead of the 2x I’d originally planned.

I also put together a short yoga flow that we ran through several times during the workout, in between bursts of strength and some cardio. (I’ll be posting that here soon!)

After only two classes, I’ve already learned SO much about group exercise instruction. The cues and modifications are coming a lot easier than I expected, and I’ve been surprisingly comfortable and confident in my instruction. So yeah, so far…I think I love it!

The hardest part has been trying to gauge how everyone’s doing, so I can adjust accordingly. Are they dying, or completely bored?? It’s so hard to read faces and body language when everyone’s straight-faced and focused on the workout (or thinking about their day?? Who knows!).

Ultimately, I just keep reminding myself that they can modify/take breaks as needed. My job is just to give them the tools they need to make the workout what they want it to be.

Back at home after class, I was surprised to find this super attractive belly sweat line:

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Ha! It was probably just from things getting, uh, pressed together during my ride home, but doesn’t it look like I worked hard??

I also rocked my new Momentum bracelet all night. This phrase is basically my motto for the summer:

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To me, this means: if you want to do something, just go for it. The scarier, the better. You probably won’t regret trying, but you’ll definitely regret not trying.

This prenatal class was a huge gamble for me, and it’s been a major “put myself out there” experience. But so far, it’s been nothing but positive, and I have high hopes for what it will hopefully lead to down the road.

Never underestimate the value of that first little step forward!

Have a fabulous weekend. :)

xoxo

Kim

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Katie June 30, 2014 at 7:16 am

Have you set up a Facebook group to share annoucments? I think it would be better than a page based off the way facebook’s sharing works. Also, I would ask people who are interested, what time/day does work for them? Whats holding them back? And I don’t know if you are focusing only on prenatal, if you would open it up to all mothers so you have a larger audience? Just thoughts, I love small businesses, so I like brain storming!
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Kim June 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I think prenatal is just tricky because there’s a perfect window of time when mom’s feeling well enough to exercise (post first trimester) and also not too close to her due date that she’s afraid or unable to commit to a 6-week class. And some women have said they’re just too tired to get together for evening workouts, but that’s all I can offer right now with my schedule. At this point, we’re almost halfway through the program, so I’m not doing much marketing anymore. We’re an intimate group, but at least we have a group! My number 1 goal, really, was just to gain some experience, and I’m doing that. :)

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Katie June 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Ah yes! I forgot that you were doing 6 weeks, which is really smart! Keep up the good work!!!
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Heidi @ Idlehide June 30, 2014 at 4:23 am

Haha love the preggo sweat stain:) I took prenatal yoga classes and it was something I looked forward to every Monday. Love that you are able to provide it for other women in your city- that’s so awesome!
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Kim June 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Heidi :)

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Lindsey I June 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I wish I lived in your city so I could take one or your prenatal classes! I went to a free one offered by the local motherhood maternity store… and it was no good. :( Yours sound like a great variety and combo of strength, cardio, and a little yoga. Keep it up! Love the posts!

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Kim June 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I wish you could join too! :) I’m hoping to get my workouts online eventually, if that’s something you’d be interested in!

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Dawn June 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I keep putting off yoga class but there is really no excuse because it’s the one thing I know I can practice at home.

It looks like it was a perfect day for an outdoor workout.

I’m loving that bracelet. I want one!
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Giselle June 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Yay for another great class! I’m so glad you are having such a positive experience and that you took that gamble! I always have a hard time stepping out of my comfort zone but am usually happy I did :-)
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