I finished my first week of my eight week Move It! project and I'm still alive. I did four sessions this week as Monday was Labour Day, a holiday.
The sessions have been really hard. Hard to show up for the first day of class because of all my insecurities and imagined fears. Attending an event you have to have gumption to show up for is one thing; showing up for the second session when you know how hard it is and how bad you are at it is a whole 'nother level.
It was the Boxfit class that was the real eye opener. I don't think I thought about what a person did in Boxfit - boxing, I figured, but not much more thought than that - I didn't think it involved tractor-tyre flipping or massive-rope-rippling or skipping - okay now I think about it skipping makes sense. I made it two-thirds of the way through the first session, though I've never felt time slow down to quite the extent it did during that hour. "What?? We've only been at it 7 minutes??"
I was acutely aware during the warm-up when we had to run around the small space that I held people up with my slowness. So when Alan our instructor described the "stations" (like circuits, but for maniacs) I thought I would be holding people up again so bowed out. While Alan let me, he put me on a stationary bike so I still worked rather than just watched.
The second Boxfit session of the week was similar but different. No tractor tyres (which I was fully ready to attempt this time) and I lasted (very ungracefully) the whole 50 minute session.
As hard as it was; as lumbering as I felt; as stupid as my short-term memory is; as raspberry red my face became; I enjoyed it, even while I was doing it. And the other experienced participants were gracious with their time and especially repeating sequences I continuously forgot (stupid temporal lobe).
The other session I had this week was with gym machines doing circuits. These sessions, also twice per week for an hour from next week, will be a variety of movement types so a really nice change from the intensity of Boxfit. I am one of 15 people who have committed to the sessions and Emma, our instructor, seems really down to Earth and experienced.
Next week will be another week of four sessions (rather than five) due to Ross from Busy Bodies being away for my usual Tuesday morning weights session. So another short exercise week but probably good considering how new (again) I am to this stuff. Booking the appointments in and meeting my time commitments is working well for me so far. I imagine that the second, third and fourth weeks are gonna be hard as my fitness is so low and my energy levels will be tested but so far? Week One DONE!!