My First Experience

Unless you’ve taken a Fitness Training from me, you probably have never heard the story of my 1st teaching experience. It’s an embarrassing story to tell and certainly not my brightest moment:

I had been going to a step class for a few months at the Spokane 24 Hour Fitness. The Instructor was also the Manager and I lied (yes lied) and told her one time in casual conversation that I too used to teach! She immediately offered the class to me because she needed to give it up. I couldn’t back peddle fast enough to get out of it so I was now the Instructor to a VERY popular step class that was held in the gym because of it’s size…Oh My Word!!!

I didn’t even know where to begin so I went to the local video store and bought Kellie Roberts Basic Step VHS…yes, VHS. I sat there and watched it 30+ times trying to write down every word she said and every move she made. I didn’t understand the 8 and 32 count or how to cue…I was a little nauseous to say the least.

Well, the big day came and there were probably 40-45 pairs of eyes on me waiting to see what this “New” Instructor could do. Like I mentioned earlier…this was in a gym so there were no mirrors for me to watch the class. I set up my step, turned on the Boom Box and just started trying to regurgitate Kellie Roberts class. There was a ton of noise behind me but I was too scared to look up from my step. I just kept telling myself it was the echo from the gym.

After about 20 minutes, I decided I needed water to help with my cotton mouth. I turned around and there were 4 women still there…40 others left. Talk about holding back tears. I was completely devastated but managed to finish the class (early). I was TERRIBLE!

I can’t tell you specifically what kept me from quitting and never going back, but I wanted this so bad…I wanted to inspire others through fitness. I couldn’t give up on this dream!

I went back the next Saturday and there were 3 ladies there to take class. I later found out these women were friends of my Moms. I taught again and again and again. Every time I swallowed my pride and worked to improve at my dream and I got better.

If you want it bad enough, you’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it. The only difference between YOU and the person you admire is they just had a head start on achieving that goal.

Decide today that you are going to take ownership of your goal, your passion, your dream! It may not be an easy road but it is SO worth traveling. I wouldn’t change one single thing about how I learned to be a great Instructor because if I did…I wouldn’t be so great! Start TODAY! grin

About teammadeonline

Hello there! My name is Melissa McAllister. I am a proud 37 year old mother of a smart and witty 16 year old son and a bright and sassy 15 year old daughter. My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 22 years and married for 16 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don't get me wrong though...I was a Dorito and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 14 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 12 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 9 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! ;) Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! Everyone deserves to be excited to get dressed in the morning and proud to walk into any room. My Motto: I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!

Posted on September 17, 2012, in About Me. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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