How I Became a Runner & Why Splurging On That Bougie Exercise Class Is Worth It

I became a runner one year ago when I took my first Precision Run class at my favorite Equinox location in Manhattan.

If you don’t know, Equinox is bougie – the membership I have costs $240 bucks a month – and one of the classes taught there, Precision Run, also now has its own studio. It is also bougie.

Now, I ran consistently before I took the class and so you might assume I was already a runner. The thing is: to me, I wasn’t.

Before the class, I would run outside by the East River a few times during the summer (we’re talking, like, three times in three months), and otherwise I ran 1-2 miles on the treadmill a few times a week. I had also decided that if you don’t run continuously, you aren’t a runner (or if you are – you’re not a good one and it isn’t worth telling yourself you are).

After a few years with an Equinox membership, and after having taken every single class they offer (they offer loads), the running class was the only one left. I love exercising and I’m fit. But I was still incredibly intimidated. What if I couldn’t run the whole time? (What I learned is that in this class, you really don’t have to run the whole time. And in fact, you probably shouldn’t.)

I decided that I needed to take the class at some point. And that some point was when I stopped smoking and was about to start a new job. Apparently sometimes I do everything at once.

So I took the damn class and I fell in love. The instructor was kind, clear, and enthusiastic. My peers were eager to push themselves, but also held back when they needed to. And I learned so much about running.

See, with any running or exercise class , no one judges you because:

  1. Everyone is too busy focusing on themselves.
  2. They can’t. No one knows if you’re recovering from an injury, if you just had a baby, or if you manage chronic pain. Imagine you felt the need to slow down because you’d just ran 50 marathons in 50 days??

NO ONE KNOWS OR CARES.

I wound up taking the class again. And then I took it again, and again, and again. I looked forward to it every week. Then, I began setting running goals for myself. I felt good in my body, and accomplished when I reached them. Then, I started running on my own in between classes.

And then, I ditched the class altogether. That is how I became a runner.

So, why is splurging on an exercise class worth it?

You get what you pay for. Granted, not always, but usually.

An inspiring instructor who knows their stuff will design the class well and will help you see the potential within you. This sounds a little far-fetched but it’s true. If they motivate you in the right way, you might just try to get out of your comfort zone and get that extra rep or mile in. You’ll surprise yourself.

Learning how to train efficiently and without injuring yourself is priceless. Whether you take the class again or not, you’ll likely take away useful information (like I did about what to do when you get a side stitch). And be sure to stay after class and ask the instructor any questions you might have! Fitness instructors tend to be social people who want to help others, so definitely don’t shy away from getting answers (and your money’s worth).

And nice equipment is just nice.

So, is splurging on that bougie exercise class you’ve had your eye on really worth it?

Possibly. If you’re really curious about a class, think you might have fun or learn something, I say go for it.

You just never know, it might actually turn your life around.

If it doesn’t and you feel like it was a waste of money, then I am truly very sorry. You never have to take it again (though the good effects might just creep up to you later).

And if you’re dying to take a class but splurging is just not an option, ask for a trial class or see if an instructor might reserve a spot for you! Use your negotiation skills and try getting a sample class — you never know!

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