You people are just the BEST! Don't ever let me hear anyone say that on-line friends aren't "real" friends. I can't begin to tell you the amount of support I felt yesterday and the confidence boost you all gave me with all your sweet comments, FB posts and text messages! Starting Sunday night all the way through 9:30 pm last night, I was receiving messages from you all wishing me luck with my classes, building up my faith and then asking how it all went!
Since Matt isn't into computers and he has nothing to do with e-mail/FB/blogging/texting and such, I thought I'd show him some of your messages. He was very impressed, to say the least. Not only did you guys think about me and pray for me, but you genuinely care and that came through very clearly in your messages! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
So...many of you are wondering how it went. I'll just give you the minute-by-minute scoop. It may be long...so feel free to skip ahead if you want!
3:52-OMG! I meant to leave at 3:45! Now I'm running 7 minutes behind already! Off I go.
4:01-It's too quiet in the car. I need some jammin music to get me pumped up for this--however--I refuse to listen to anything that doesn't glorify God...so I grab Brooklyn's Hillsong United "Tell the World" CD. I sing along and pray in the Spirit whenever the music breaks.
4:14-Arrive at the gym. Stop at the bathroom first to pee for the millionth time and then off to the aerobics room. Wow! There are already like 10 people in there and they are all talking about "I wonder who the new instructor is going to be." I announce--"It's ME!"
4:22-A man in a uniform shirt comes into the class room and hollers out "Is there a Jennifer Jones in here?" I raise my hand and he looks at me with this really confused look on his face (because I'm wearing my mic at this point) and he says "Ummmm....you're not a member here...!!??" I explain to him that I am a member of the sister gym and that I am the new instructor. He apologizes for the confusion and I proceed to get everything ready for class.
4:28-I decide its close enough to starting time to go ahead and push play on the cd player and make sure my mic is working. It's NOT! AUGH! Panic!
4:30-(when class is supposed to be starting) I holler out to the FULL classroom now--"Does anyone know how to work this stereo system" Thankfully a friendly guy comes over and together we figure out the problem. Whew!
4:33-Class begins. I tell them my name and explain that although this used to be a Step Aerobics class, we will now be focusing mainly on weights instead. I watch a good 3/4th of their faces drop. One lady says, "WHAT? You mean this isn't going to be a step class?" I say "No. We will use the step, but we will mostly be doing weights for this first class because the next class (Boot Camp) will be entirely high intensity cardio. She says, "But this class is called STEP." At this point I really didn't know what to say. I told them "I'm sorry. I've never taught a step class and I was told that we could switch this class to weights since we do cardio afterwards. I am more than happy to learn some step moves though and add them in next time." Finally we begin exercising.
5:15-The first class is done. It went really well, I think, except for their dissapointment about the class change. I took a 3x5 index card with my notes on it and I managed to work out every body part adequately in 45 minutes. yay! I tell them to go ahead and put away ALL their stuff (step, weights, etc.) because we won't need anything for boot camp.
I watch every. single. person. walk out of the room and I freak out for a second thinking that NO ONE is going to stay for boot camp! AUGH!
5:16-It dawns on me--oh yah! The water fountain is outside of the room....they just went to get drinks! Whew! About half of them come back for boot camp. We get started with a light jog.
5:17-I turn to face the group and ask if any of them is familiar with Beachbody, P90X or has ever heard of Insanity. They all look at me like they have no idea what I'm talking about (except for one man). I explain that I work for Beachbody and am currently in the middle of a fitness program called Insanity, and that our Boot Camp is going to be a lot like that. (they have no idea what this means....)
5:18-We begin sequence #1: Jog, Jacks, heisman, 123 heisman, football run, high knees, kick butts, jump tucks and then DRILLS (plank, 8 push ups, 8 running man, jump back up).
5:40-OH MY GOSH! I totally underestimated how hard it was going to be doing this kind of intense workout AND having to talk through it! I am doing everything in my power to control my breathing and get legible words out. I look at the clock and tell them to Push Hard--this is our LAST DRILL!
5:41-We finish up and begin our cool down/stretch.
5:45-Class is dismissed.
5:54-I'm finally back in my car, safe and sound, ready to head home. I glance over at the clock and OH MY GOSH!! WHAT????? 5:54??? Class isn't supposed to be over until SIX!?? I realize...I let them go 15 minutes too early! OOOOOPS!!
I was kind of bummed out that NO ONE I knew was there...which means I have no one to ask what they thought about it. But overall, I am VERY pleased. I kept cool and calm the entire time, I don't think I made any big mistakes. I think the worst thing I might have done is got off beat a time or two. I kept a smile on my face, and made every effort to crack jokes when it was appropriate and to encourage them to "come on!" and "a little lower" (squats) and "get it up" (high knees) and "push hard! We're almost done!" (toward the end of a move).
I'm already thinking about the fact that I have to do this all over again in just 2 days! Augh!
Right now...this just seems like SUCH a headache...but I think it will get better after a few more classes.
Okay...I gotta get up from here and get ready for the gym. (man it feels good to just be going to work out and not having to teach! :o)