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23 Thoughts every woman has trying a new fitness class

Charlotte Hilton Andersen is the author of the book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything and runs the popular health and fitness website of the same name, where she tries out a new workout every month, specializing...

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class

Tons of Americans made a resolution to exercise more this year. And while that sounds good in theory, sometimes the reality can be a little bit scarier than we thought... especially when it comes to going to the gym. And is there anything more intimidating than walking into a fitness class where everyone else knows what they're doing? Take a deep breath: You got this. 

And remember, everybody had a first time.

1. There's a line to get in this class? This isn't Disneyland! What kind of person waits in line to exercise?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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2. Where do I stand? How does everyone know how to line up? Are there invisible lines I can't see?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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3. That woman is staring at me. Are there assigned spots? Am I standing in her spot?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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4. Why does everyone look so different in spandex?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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5. Whoa, the teacher has more muscles than my boyfriend.

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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6. Oh, OK, we're going! I'm sweating, I'm breathing, I'm fine... wait, that was just the warm up?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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7. OMG, it hurts. I'm going to die.

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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8. I wonder if anyone here knows CPR? Why don't I know CPR? What kind of adult am I?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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9. OK, maybe I'm not going to die.

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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10. Where's the clock? We have how many minutes left?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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11. I totally could use a shake right now. Not a protein shake, a milk shake. I'll add some fruit. That makes it healthy, right?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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12. Why did I stand so far away from the doors?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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13. Having serious "middle school gym" flashbacks right now.

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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14. Why did I wear these pants? Is that really my butt?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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15. And why are there mirrors on every single surface?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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16. Wait — you want me to do what?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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17. Breathe... breathebreathebreathebreathe.

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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18. Ugh, something smells really bad in here. Who had tofu for breakfast?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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19. How is that grandma so much better than me?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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20. Nope, I'm definitely going to die.

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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22. "Oh, hi! Yes, of course I'll be here next week!"

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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23. What did I just commit to?

'You want me to do what?' and other thoughts we all have in a new fitness class
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