Last Saturday I had a very humbling experience and I am so grateful for it.
I had the amazing opportunity to head into Manhattan to be the first ever group to take a Core De Force Live class. If that wasn't cool enough, the creators, Joel Freeman and Jericho McMathews, led the workout. It was amazing. If you remember, several months ago I had started the at home version of the program but stopped about half way through because the weather and my seasonal depression got the better of me.
I knew that having this class so close to me was an opportunity I could not pass up, so I got one of the few tickets available and tried to mentally prepare myself for what I knew would be a difficult day and a challenging workout.
And it was tough. 55 minutes of punching, kicking and burpees (I think they call it Ground to Fighter, actually).
I knew it would be a workout for my body, but I didn't anticipate how intense it would be for my mind. I teach about 6 classes a week, so I'm not new to group fitness in that aspect, but I've only taken about 3 or 4 classes as a student over the course of my life. I had no idea how different it would be to be the student and not the teacher. I really, really struggled to perform as I wanted because I was so focused on getting the actual moves down.
There is so much to balance as a student! You want to listen to every word the teacher is saying, do the moves correctly and safely, give it your all, but also listen to your body-it was a surprising amount of things to figure out all at once, and to be perfectly honest, I didn't do a very good job!
I am so, so glad I traveled out to the city to take the class. It was a great experience, it was great to get out of the house, but most importantly it gave me such a wonderful appreciation for the amazing women that take my classes. I really think it's easier to be the teacher, and not the student. I think it's good to be humbled ever now and then. And I certainly was, but I am certain that I am a better teacher now because of it.