Conquer Fear: R.I.P.P.E.D. Instructors React to Teaching Their First Class

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he ho conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela

#RIPPEDFamily and Future #RIPPEDFamily, how’s it going?!?!

One of our favorite things about R.I.P.P.E.D. is the support system that’s built within our #RIPPEDFamily. Whether someone is struggling with a fitness goal, need a quick guilt-free recipe or is just having an off day, the love and support pours in every time. As a family we celebrate one another’s victories, we offer words of encouragement and everyone knows we’re not afraid to get super silly.

Once we saw a recent message below from R.I.P.P.E.D. Instructor, Bianca Daukei, it sparked instant inspiration. She bravely led her first solo R.I.P.P.E.D. class and despite possible butterfly in her stomach, she rocked it! This is all to say, fear is something that has the ability to hold us all back every once in a while. But with a little courage and belief in our strength, we can conquer that and work magic in our lives and the lives of others. Just know that many of our current instructors felt those butterflies before stepping in front of the class, but it’s super liberating once you demolish your first class—flaws and all

But you don’t have to take our word for it; we’ll let them tell you themselves. Take a peek at the reactions of some of our R.I.P.P.E.D. instructors after their first class.

Bianca Daukei

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I just gave my first class SOLO. What? What? My beautiful mentor, Kari Robinson, had an important meeting out of town and it was up to me to step up and make sure our RIPPEDsters had their amazing workout. I DID IT!!!!!!! We did it together!!! I sort of messed up in endurance but I just started the track again and got it right the second time around. We finished it all sweaty and all smiles. I even forgot to strike a cool pose. I just love, loooooooove R.I.P.P.E.D. and what it does to each one of us.

Lisa Wigley Shrum

Sunday FUNday! Taught my first class today after getting certified last month. Thank you Theresa for your encouragement!


Katie Gladieux

First class is in the books!! I had some familiar faces, my sister, and a few newbies too!! Lots of fun and lots of sweat! I would say it was a success!!



Rachel Escobar

MY FIRST CLASS DONE!!!! A perfect way to end my Friday!!! My students are soooooooo awesome!!!! I can’t wait for the next class!!!!



Serena R. Lang

This week I taught my first three classes of R.I.P.P.E.D.! It was a little scary, but SO.MUCH.FUN! Jitters are all gone, ready to rock!




Jerica Tudor Shannon

Taught my first class ever tonight!! The five that made it to the end with me! I was beyond nervous, but after we got started everything went awesome


Aiko Thompson

My R.I.P.P.E.D. family, I did it! I got 4 people attended. Everybody loved my class. Thanks to my lovely family for all the positive thoughts and sweet messages. Love you guys.


Carmen Ramos

My first class by myself today was awesome!! Thanks to all my gym friends for all your support, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”



The #RIPPEDFamily has loads more inspiration for you. Read about their successes and transformations on our blog.

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