Friday, May 22, 2015

Is it possible to be a great fitness instructor and...

How many things are we capable of being good at? I mean, really good. Like, great. Two? Five? As many as we want?

I let my mind wander while I walked to the train last night and this is what I found myself thinking about.

I want to be a great wife, daughter, and friend.
I want to lead like a great manager.
I want to stay in great shape.
I want to write a great blog.
And, I want to be a great fitness instructor.

Is it possible? I'm really not sure! It's so easy to compare yourself to others. There are instructors who add new choreo to their classes every single week. I'm lucky to add a couple of songs a month (and even luckier to remember them with confidence when they start playing!). There are instructors who bring a ton of energy, every single class and barely break a sweat. I have plenty of energy, sure, but I'm a hot mess by the end of class. And sometimes, I even have to fake-smile (gasp) when I lose my steam too early.

We all have to make trade offs. I only teach classes part-time, and my other obligations make it feel difficult to keep up with what others in the fitness world full-time are able to do. Sometimes I have to work on the weekend, and that's time that would otherwise be spent coming up with original choreo. Sometimes I stay up later than I should to spend time with the husband, and I don't have the energy to work out the next morning. Maybe it's possible to be good at everything you want to... but GREAT? I'm not so sure. And being the BEST? As we say in New York, fuggeddabouttit. (That's forget about it, for those of you who need a translation.)

This blog post doesn't end with a brilliant idea wrapped up in a bow. I don't have any answers (as you can tell from the disorganization of my ramblings). And, don't get me wrong - I'm not upset or feeling down on myself... just introspective and truly curious about this question.

So, I'd like to know - do you think it's possible to be GREAT at as many things as you want to be? How do you decide where to focus your attention, and when good is good enough?


  1. Boy, do I feel ya. I have worked weekends teaching classes ever since I started 30 years ago. I recently made the decision to stop my Saturday morning class at the end of this month - I will have my Saturdays free. I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around it. The one huge drawback of being a fitness instructor is our work time is other people's leisure time...

  2. Just the fact that you worry about these things indicates to me that you are GREAT at all of these things. If you were not, you would not care about any of this. Having doubts like this displays your caring for others around you. I think you are doing a wonderful job, but I can resonate with your feelings. YOU are enough. Plain and simple. <3

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