My husband Scott had been a member of Prime Mover since November and we’d got to April the following year and I still hadn’t been down to try it out.
I had been eating ‘clean’ (no processed foods, grains, dairy or sugar) since the end of the previous year and had gone from a size 12/14 down to a size 8/10. I felt better than I had in years but still kept finding ‘reasons’ why I couldn’t join Prime Mover. I worked too far away…I was too busy sorting out the kids…I couldn’t find the money in my budget…I wasn’t fit enough!! I’m sure you’ve heard yourselves saying some or all of these things before.
Feeling The Fear
The reality was that I was scared and all my ‘reasons’ were actually ‘excuses’. I expected everyone at Prime Mover to be super fit, super skinny and super strong and thought that people would look at me and think ‘what does she think she’s doing here?’. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do the exercises and that the trainers would laugh at how rubbish I was. It was so far outside of my comfort zone I wanted to be sick (and that’s before anyone even mentioned burpees)!
The First Session
I went to my ‘first session’ with Scott and got myself so worked up that I ended up crying and not going in! So I dropped him off and went and sat in Meadowhall car park waiting for him to finish.
Afterwards, Scott gave me a good talking to and I booked into another ‘first session’, this time without Scott. So, shortly after my first attempt I turned up at PM1 for another try (no tears this time) and was greeted by the biggest smile, the warmest welcome (trainer and members) and thoroughly enjoyed myself in my first workout.
There were loads of questions going through my mind after my first session. Why was I being such a baby before? When can I book my next session? What did they call that big metal pushy thing (growler, prowler)? Why hadn’t I found Prime Mover before my wedding day? And a day after the session…why can’t I get down the stairs or sit on the toilet like I could the day before?
Basically, all my pre-conceptions of what it would be like were so far from the truth but they kept me from finding something that I love for the best part of 6 months! The trainer was lovely and the members were so friendly and not all supermen/women. Some were really fit but some were starting out just like me.
Ringing The Changes
I now have a different attitude towards new things – things that are outside of my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still scary going into the unknown but you’ve just got to be brave, find that courage and take the plunge. It might not happen on the first attempt (like my first ‘first session’) but keep trying and, however uncomfortable it may feel, you need to get outside of that comfort zone because that’s where the magic happens!!
Still got questions about Prime Mover? Want to make contact with a trainer before your first session? Just give us a call. We’d love to hear from you and give you a warm welcome.
Annaliese Reynolds, Head of Tribe Experiences