Each week when I teach, someone comes to me before we start class to share that this is their first time attending. I reassure them that they will survive, based on my past experience! I find that during my Friday evening class, this comes us the most. I talk to them, and tell them that the hardest part was done – showing up – and all they now need to do is…
Grey Tech Full Leggings, £24 || Khaki Tech Vest, £10 || both from NX Sport at Next
In my classes, we usually use time as a basis for drills. This allows the super “fit” to surge ahead at their own speed and allows the less familiar to find the right form and do as much as they can. Sometimes, your head is telling you that you can’t finish the last 20 seconds. But you tell your head right back that you can. My mantra is class is that no matter how slow you need to go, or if you need to hold a static position (i.e plank instead of burpees, squat hold instead of squat jumps) …this has far more benefit than sinking to your knees and doing nothing…
I think I always get worried about the results people are after – at the end of the day, their results are actually down to how hard they work when they train, what training they do and what they eat. As opposed to the 45 minutes they spend working up a sweat with me once a week!
Kit To Hit The Gym In
Onto more glamorous things; my workout / gym outfit! These pieces are part of the new range for 2016 from NX Sport (check out my NX Sport running outfit here). This get up I use for teaching when I wanna look smart but not wear black and also not pretend like Spring is anywhere in sight!).
One thing I also have to bear in mind when I choose an outfit to teach in, is that for a lot of the time, all eyes are on me. When I do demonstrations of every single move my dignity is literally put on the line!! So leggings with a waist that stays up, flattering lines and vests long enough to keep me covered are winners. Therefore, this outfit is a winner.
Both are made from moisture wicking fabrics and the leggings comes with essential features such as the zipped back pocket, high vis detailing (for wearing outdoors / running in low light). The vest is long enough to pull down over your hips but will also stay in place if you like it a little higher.
Looking for some gym inspiration?!
So, before you go, I’m keen to know what mantra’s you use to get yourself through your workouts?!