#PersonalBrand: Why I Decided to Become a Fitness Instructor

Since we moved back to SD, I’ve been going to the gym fairly regularly. The gym on campus is very affordable, about a 5 minute walk from my office and I’ve been able to build a Workout Tribe — this is key for me. The accountability created with this group has been the catalyst for me continuing to go. It helps that there are plenty of class choices and I’ve found some that I really enjoy.

My absolute favorite workout is Piyo. I’ve never really liked the cardio work outs – even though it was spin class that got me into the gym on a regular basis and introduced me to the awesome Anjali (who brought Piyo to Brookings). Piyo is a combination of yoga and Pilates, so low impact (very little jumping) and huge on strength and flexibility. I’ve been taking Piyo with Anjali for about 2 years and have supplemented with the DVDs.

This past weekend, I stepped up my commitment to Piyo by completing the instructor training. I spent a day with Anjali and others to learn how to teach Piyo to others. I enjoyed learning some of the behind the scenes stuff, how the choreography is put together and just how difficult it is to teach! Can you count, encourage, listen to the music/stay on the beat, and workout at the same time? The complication level reminded me of singing with a large 4-6 part choir (HUGELY complicated, and yes, I miss it!)

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Now, I have no desire to be a full time fitness instructor or even a part time, once a week, type instructor. But, at SHRMVLS, I made a commitment to my friend Janelle, that I would work on Confidence. As I look to speaking more, what better way to practice my confidence than by standing in front of a bunch of ladies in my workout clothes and leading them through a workout? I don’t look my best when I workout. My lily-white skin gets bright red and it’s not an attractive look.

Last week, I stood in front of that group for the first time and lead them through the warm up. It’s a routine I know as the warm up is the same each and every time. But this time, I had to pay attention to what I was doing. I had to cue the moves, which means I had to be sure I was talking before I was moving. I had to keep the beat. In Piyo, the instructor is the participant’s mirror, so I had to remember that the cue I was giving was the opposite of what I was actually doing (next time I’m putting a giant R on my left foot). But I did it. And it felt good to be done. Like DisruptHR talk good. I wasn’t perfect – one bit of feedback was to be louder. That’s a confidence thing. A couple more times, and I’ll be ready to move to a harder routine, like legs or heat building!

Stepping outside your comfort zone is hard, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes (I don’t know that it is ever EASY, but it is easier!) So, here’s my challenge to you: step outside your zone today and grow your confidence. #worthit

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