As you can probably tell from this l’il blog, I’m a huge fan of a fitness class, and regularly attend everything from aerobics to boxing classes, trendy HIIT sessions to spinning at the local leisure centre.
While the classes and environments may change, one thing is always constant – the kind of people you find at a fitness class.
Whether you’re into Zumba or pilates, barre or body attack, here are a few types you’ll probably be familiar with!
1. The teacher’s pet
This person is absolutely always found at the front of the class. In fact, they’re so well-established that they actually have their own spot, which no one else dare stand in.
To cement their teacher’s pet status, this individual will always be the one to fetch a mat for the instructor, and is relied upon to laugh loudest at their jokes. If it makes them happy…
2. The permanently confused one
Not everyone has great coordination; in fact, some people will literally never get their heads around the class routine, no matter how many times they attend it.
This person can normally be found accidentally walking into other class-goers as they bound the wrong way, or doing their own sweet thang as everyone else performs a perfectly synchronized routine.
I kind of love this person, as long as I’m not exercising next to them.
3. The noisy one
While most of us like to keep a low profile at fitness classes, there’s always one person who likes to scream/bellow/grunt their way through the whole affair.
Most commonly found at boxing-inspired and HIIT classes, these people are seemingly unaware of the surprised looks they’re getting from everyone else.
4. The competitive one
Whoever said it’s the taking part that counts clearly had not met this class-goer, who treats every workout session as if it’s the Olympic Games.
Whether they’re proving that they can sprint across the room fastest, do burpees at twice as fast as everyone else, or hold a plank for 15 minutes, this person is all about showing they are THE WORLD’S GREATEST.
Is it an exercise class, or a coffee shop? This pair genuinely aren’t sure. You’ll see them use the class as an opportunity to catch up, only putting in a leisurely effort, because really the most important thing is having a chinwag. Fair play.
6. The perfect girl
While you are sweating and gasping your way through an exercise class, this girl remains absolutely perfect-looking throughout: smooth, swishy ponytail, golden tan, not a drop of sweat on her and toned abs peeking out under her crop top.
On the one hand, she serves as inspiration – if you keep working out, you might look like her one day.
On the other hand, you kind of want to punch her.
7. The newbie
We’ve all been this person at some point – the one wondering around in confusion while everyone else knowingly grabs their equipment, or trying to work out how the hell to do some complicated routine that feels like second nature to regular class-goers.
Be a good person and help them out – it’s no fun feeling like the clueless one!
8. The token bloke
Okay, this is not true of ALL fitness classes – some of them have a fairly even gender split.
However, the vast majority of classes are very much a female affair, although in my experience, there always seems to be one man who doesn’t give a crap about going to a ‘girly’ class and bloody well does some aerobics anyway.
Token blokes – I salute you.