Well, I have just came back from a Spinning class, which – until some days ago - I considered a complete crazy and masochistic activity. I usually go to the gym, work out... I don't love it, but I make that effort because it's important for my health and so on. On the other hand, I could not image myself riding the bike (that doesn't move?!) with ten people in a closed room, where the lights are off, there are "nightclub-songs" (which, so far, are not my type of music) playing and an instructor saying, I mean, screaming motivation words.
For me it looked like a nightmare. I have a friend who used to do this, I remember I called her crazy plenty of times. The other day, I saw another acquaintance, who has just finished a class, and she was melting. Oh Lord! I couldn't understand how somebody could be happy doing that...
Then... About two weeks ago my left fist started aching. I went to the Doctor, he told me I could no longer lift weights because I have an inflammation, he advised me to go on aerobic exercises. So, last week I went to the gym and told my instructor I would have to change the kind of exercises I do. He told me to try some other types...
As I want to keep exercising I am following his suggestion, today I have tried the Spinning stuff, which he told me would be three times more difficult then lifting weights.
Even though, what a surprise! I really liked the experience of having a different kind of music making me move! I could feel like I was climbing a mountain as the charge was getting heavier.
Another positive observation, I am shy, and I don't like too much people around when I have a challenge and there, despite the full room, each one was so hardly concentrated on his/her efforts that I did not feel uncomfortable with their presence.
I love this feeling of trying someone different because of the challenge, but I like it much more when it happens to be a positive experience. And the sensation of "cleaning" a prejudiced idea is so much regarding!
What about you? Have you been surprised because of something you judged as not so good, or something like that?