All posts tagged: communication

Fit for Conversation

Gym for me looks like this… Lycra on, shoes on, grab drink bottle, towel. Buckle kids in car, drive fast, not too fast, park, unbuckle. Run, one on hip, other dangling on arm, through doors, hello, recite membership number. Childcare, sign-in, kiss, close kiddy gate. Late, sorry to instructor, find cross-trainer, calm heartbeat. Move as instructed, when instructed, as fast as instructed, silently, watching clock on wall, counting down. Leave. (Repeat twice a week.) So you can appreciate my shock when veteran gym instructor Jodie gave her Monday and Friday classes a good old kick up the behind – no push-ups involved. She did it like this: she made us talk. To each other. It’s been happening for weeks now. Every class, she rattles our phobia of mingling with other people by giving us five questions to ask – and remember – of the people on our left and right. She tests us at the end, so participation refusal would be embarrassing. Not an option. Between the usual fitness directions of “On your toes!”, “Activate!” and …