As a Pilates instructor who recently left a corporate career, my struggles seem so different now that they did working in a 9-5 setting {and teaching on top of that}.

Nonetheless, the struggle is real. If you are a fitness instructor, personal trainer, or fitness fanatic, you should be able to relate to at least two things on this list below.

I am writing this post in between teaching 7am-9am, going home to work on this post, going to the gym, going to teach more and then coming home to work on this more.

By the way, I will do a day in the life post soon in case any of you are curious what it’s like juggling freelance work, blogging, and teaching while also making time for my husband and family.

I hope you enjoy these 5 Fit Girl Problems and get a little chuckle out of reading some of them.

Eighty percent of your wardrobe is spandex.

Since leaving my corporate job, I have noticed my wardrobe has been leaning much more to the lycra end of the spectrum. The nice dress clothes have been pushed to the back of my closet.

Lululemon and Under Armour have been my best friends for the past few weeks. Having workout clothing that stands the test of time is essential as a fitness instructor and enthusiast.

Washing your hair is an event.

I have a plan for the days that I wash my hair. Since Wednesdays are a light workout day for me and a day I don’t teach, I usually wash my hair on Tuesday evening and then again on Friday. Yes, you read that right. I only wash my hair 2 days a week. I have a systematic way that I plan my hairdos.

Monday – Ponytail with a braid.
Tuesday – Ponytail/Wash Hair that evening
Wednesday – Wear hair down either wavy or straight.
Thursday – Wear hair half up or front pieces braided away from face.
Friday – Wash hair/Wear it down
Saturday – Wear hair down or pull front pieces away from face.
Sunday – Half up do

I use Not Your Mother’s {Clean Freak} Dry Shampoo between washes, and I LOVE it. I don’t recommend going from washing your hair daily to only twice a week right away. You want to slowly lengthen the time between washes, and let the oils that your scalp produces adjust.

When you wash your hair all the time, your scalp produces more oils, so when you stop washing all together you will get really greasy hair. Just ease into it. I promise it’s freeing when you don’t have to spend an hour a day doing your hair!

Remembering to pack all your snacks for a day out.

If you try to eat healthy eighty percent of your day, then you know the true struggle of not being able to find healthy snacks on the go. If I know I am going to be out all day, I try to bring snacks with me, but I often forget because I am just rushing around here and there. This is one struggle I know a lot of us fitness instructors {and fitness enthusiasts} struggle with.

Changing two to three times a day.

It’s not so bad now that I don’t punch a clock for corporate anymore, but a major fit girl problem is having multiple costume changes a day. When I was working full time, I had to bring two changes of clothes with me a day. I had my work outfit, my workout clothes for lunch and a separate set of workout clothes to go teach Pilates after I left the office.

This was a lot to remember to pack, and it meant a million extra laundry days just so I had enough clean socks and underwear. I probably have forty pairs of underwear now for this exact reason! Have you ever forgot your socks for a workout or a clean pair of underwear to change into? That is the worst!

Your phone dying for playing too much Spotify.

I make special Spotify playlists for each of my classes, and so my phone is always dying. I know I need a new charger for my car and I need one for the studio.

Currently, I only have one, so I need to remember to pack it with me to the studio and then to bring it back home again, otherwise my phone dies in the middle of class. It’s quite a pain. It’s on my todo list but other things always seem to take priority, you know what I mean?

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