I think everyone has a fear of the unknown, especially going to the gym when you know you’re going to be physically challenged and testing your limits. You ask yourself, “Am I going to be able to keep up?” or “What happens if I need to take a break?” “What should I do if I sweat all over myself and my equipment?” You know what? These are all AWESOME questions that many individuals have but are too afraid to ask – whether you’re a first timer to the gym or have been a long time member! This could be cause for some individuals to not be involved at all! We encourage you to ask these questions at any time of any of our staff at AFC.
I want to make the fear known so this becomes comfortable for everyone. Everyone feels the same as you – flawed and imperfect. I believe everyone has these insecurities at some point in their lives, but it’s how we forge ahead to get over those. Guess what? We all sweat, need a break for our bodies, and want others to look at us in a positive light. Here, at AFC, we want our members to be comfortable in the gym and in their own skin. We don’t care if you sweat a lot, we don’t care what you wear, or if you’ve never worked out before! We believe your best is now!
We do offer a wide variety of classes at various times of the day. We have a handful of instructors that enjoy the high intensity workouts and welcome a challenge. We also have a handful of instructors who enjoy the intensity but at a more moderate pace. We encourage you to check out our schedule here. If you have any questions about any of our classes, please feel free to flag down any of our staff and they would love the opportunity to explain them to you. If you leave our classes and aren’t sweating, it is more of an insult to our instructors – they will feel like they haven’t done their job! First timer? Let your instructor know and they will welcome you with open arms! They will explain what you need to know ahead of time and they will probably grab your equipment for you. Do you feel like you sweat a lot? Great! Grab a towel and water bottle and bring it to class with you! You’ll be prepared and feel more confident because of it.
“Am I going to be able to keep up?” The answer is YES! All techniques used in class can be modified to suit your body and lifestyle as you see fit. Whether you need to increase your intensity or decrease, there are always options. Look around – chances are you’re not the only one. “What if I need to take a break?” Take one! The worst thing you can do for your body is not listen to it. You only get one body so make wise choices. Feel free to walk out during a class, grab a drink of water and take a breather. You can always come back to finish! Not only that – here it is again, modify. Move at a slower pace if needed and modify the workout to adjust to what your body is telling you.
Fear of the unknown, such as going to the gym, doesn’t have to be scary! Being uncomfortable, testing those limits means you’re about to do something brave for yourself. We want your experience to be as comfortable as possible for you. We do our very best to keep our machines in tip-top shape, and knowledgeable staff to answer any and all of your questions. Yep – even those embarrassing ones! That’s why we’re here – to serve you and make you feel your best!