Today was my first time teaching a group exercise class for over 3 weeks.
I have trained over those thee weeks of course, but with much less intensity and frequency than normal.
Everyone in the class was in pretty much the same boat. Everyone trains several times a week and did some exercise over Christmas but took their foot off the gas for a bit and had a well deserved rest.
We all hurt during hat class today!
Physically and mentally it felt tough great to be back but definitely a shock to the system.
To be honest by next week we will all probably be back to normal and whilst classes always feel hard we won’t feel like we did today (basically we all were pretty much ready to stop by the half way point!), because you don’t loose your fitness with a three week recovery.
If you are a regular class / gym goer heading back after the Christmas break don’t stress. A break (whether it was total or a reduction to your normal routine) is good for you every now and then. It can reignite your enjoyment and let your body recover and whilst the first couple of sessions back might feel hard ultimately performance can improve when you allow yourself adequate recovery time. We all had a laugh today about how knackered e felt and adjusted our intensity to alow us to get the session done.
If you are new. Hopefully what I’ve just said above will help you relax. Those people you see in classes or the gym who know what they are doing – I can almost guarantee they will be struggling to get back to it after Christmas – so if you are exhausted 10 minutes into a class that’s ok – at this time of year you are honestly not on your own with that – even the instructors are feeling the same as you!
The other good bit of news is that just as getting back into the swing of things happens quicker than you think it will, so can starting to feel results when you first start. Of course I am not suggesting that you’ll reach your goal within weeks – it does not work like that but will the things that at first make you feel impossible start to feel a bit more manageable within a few weeks? With a consistent approach yes.
To everyone coming back to classes / gym sessions / their normal routine this week do not beat yourself up about taking that break or feeling more knackered than normal in the first few sessions.