Group fitness classes can be a fun and effective way to get into an exercise program, but going to a class for the first time can be daunting. You’re nervous, you dont know what to expect, and if you can physically do it. As an instructor, over the years I’ve seen many first timers take a class once and never come back. Too many people make the mistake of leaping into exercise when baby steps are what’s needed. Here are some key tips to keep in mind:
Let the instructor know its your first time: Our instructors should be available a few minutes before class , so please be sure to let us know it’s your first time. We may be able to give you some tips on how to get the most out of the day’s workout, tell you what equipment you’ll need, etc.
Where to stand: If you are new to class, the instructor will want to see you to watch your form, so try not situate yourself in the back row. Just behind the front row can be a great place, as the front row usually consists of regulars who have been taking the class for years, and can be very helpful to visually follow if and/or when the instructors walks round the studio to help the members.
Start slow and build gradually – Don’t push your body too soon. The key to long-term fitness is to start slow, build steadily and enjoy yourself. You don’t have to stay for the whole workout. Give the first few tracks a go, and then build up slowly from there. Aim towards staying for a full workout as your fitness builds. Most classes should be accommodating for all levels (unless otherwise stated on the timetable), and instructors should be giving you options during the workout. Many first timers try to take on more than they can handle because they want to keep up with the person next to them. DON'T! It’s not a competition, and sometimes more advanced moves take years to master. Avoid injury and burnout by progressing slowly, and listening to the cues from the instructor.
Keep these tips in mind in your early experiences in the group exercise studio. We are all there to help you have a great workout, and want to keep you coming back for more. Keeping going with fitness is about finding the type of routine that works for you and sticking to it, so experiment and discover what it is that motivates you to get up, get moving and keep moving.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook