One of the most common fears people have when considering starting an exercise programme/joining the gym etc is that they won't be able to do it. This is not just reserved for new customers. We have lots of members who have been at Oakwood for many years and don't like to try new classes/activities/workouts because they fear it will be too hard.
It's true that some classes at Oakwood are harder than others. However, everything we do is adaptable. It's crazy to think that all members will be able to do all exercises and at the same intensity. Therefore the instructor has to be flexible and responsive, being able to change exercises as necessary to accommodate all levels of fitness and ability.
The reason for not trying new classes and activities isn't whether you actually can or can't do it. It's down to confidence. If you have the confidence to try a new class or a new workout the instructor will make sure you can complete it.
Being too nervous to try something is usually down to feeling that it will be embarrassing if you're the only person who can't do it or that you might get it wrong. We have to admit that when people are new to a class they will often not perform an exercise correctly. Great technique takes time to learn and perfect. However, you'll find that even those who have been coming for years (and are therefore more confident) will not be performing all the exercises with perfect technique, or to a high intensity.
It's also really important to acknowledge that to achieve your goals (whether that be weight loss, building strength, improving tone etc) you may need to go to classes or complete workouts that do seem too tough. Try not to naturally put a barrier up.. look to do a taster, have a go, let the instructor know you're new and you may well surprise yourself with what you can do. When you start completing classes that you thought would be too tough your motivation will soar and you'll start seeing results!
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