When I decided to audition for becoming an indoor cycling instructor over three years ago, it wasn’t about the money — it was about the lifestyle and community. Who wouldn’t love to work where yoga pants are the office dress code and sweaty post-cycle brunch is a regular thing? But as my career progressed, I realized — dang, this is hard work!
The truth is, there is a lot more to being a fitness instructor than just getting paid to work out.
I interviewed three of my dear friends and fellow instructors and twisted our stories together to share more of what being an instructor is really like—the good, bad AND ugly.
Whether you’re thinking of instructing or just want a peep into what your favorite fitness guru really does, here’s a look at what goes on behind the studio scenes. Read on, my friends.
It was just another Tuesday night at the indoor cycling studio when it happened.
I stepped off my instructor bike to bid my clients goodbye, slapping sweaty high-fives on their way out. Suddenly I was overcome by a deadening squeeze in my chest and an overwhelming need to get away.
When I got into the locker room, I thought my heart was cracking apart and the world was about to end. My hands wouldn’t stop shaking and my vision grew foggy. I sat down hard on the tile floor beneath me and wanted to scream, but my lungs couldn’t gather enough air from my quick, shallow breaths to make a sound.
It was my first panic attack.
Cardio-induced panic attacks are real—but there are ways to manage them. Read the rest of my story and gain some knowledge from the experts in my latest post on POPSUGAR.
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