No Judgment…but lots of Very Cool Surprises.
Group fitness bears a huge resemblance to group therapy. Who knew? I did not. But doing group fitness at The Bodysmith has changed my life and now I can’t stop talking about it. It helps me recover more quickly from setbacks. It places my fitness in a social context. It allows me to hear from lots of other people about their normal struggles – things we worry about in common and things we’re celebrating or learning to let go or accept: aging, illness, our kids…We come from different backgrounds and generations and occupations, but we share so much, including our desire to be fitter and more conscious human beings.
- That everybody has a different shape.
- Burpees: Now I can do twelve of them without stopping.
- Mutual soreness.
- That I see how we all fluctuate through our lives: leaner, fatter, more and less swollen, depending upon how stressed we’ve been lately. No need to worry about it. I can allow myself to be human and inconsistent. In this way, I’m just like everybody else.
- Getting stronger and being able to lift things I couldn’t before.
- My friends holding me accountable to come to class.
- Learning not to judge myself or compare myself to others. Learning this doesn’t help or matter to the forward movement of my life.
- That everybody knows my name there (think neighborhood pub, only without the beer).
- That I feel connected to my community: I learn what’s going on around me from people who go to different concerts and read different books.
- I bounce back more easily from those weeks of bad food or bad self esteem. It’s never the end of the world.
I’m starting to think group fitness IS group therapy. I’m starting to think you might get more bang from your buck by joining a Pilates class than by doing a traditional talk-support group (not that those aren’t great). I’m starting to see there’s no real separation between body and mind. I’m starting to get that recovery from trauma has to be part muscle, part blood vessel, part neuron, part emotion, and part imagination.
Call me if you’re curious about how fitness and trauma recovery go hand-in-hand. Or talk to anyone at The Bodysmith to learn how you can start this part of your healing.