When it comes to being active, I'm a bit of a lone wolf. Given that I was a competitive figure skater for a decade and figure skating is a highly individualized sport, it makes sense that I prefer to be left alone with my headphones while I get my sweat on. "Prefer" is a nice way to put it because, in reality, I usually avoid group fitness classes like the plague. Whenever one of my friends asks me to hang out by doing a spin or boot-camp class together, I ask to meet up over coffee instead. Yep, I'm that person.
My issues with exercising with others stem from three different things: For starters, I don’t understand how people go running or do any type of class with others without getting super competitive. Growing up in a ballet classroom where the goal was always to stand out and be the best, I find it super challenging to quell my inner competitor and focus on just myself.