Joining A Group Fitness Class

Joining A Group Fitness Class

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There are so many different types of exercise classes available at the moment, from Aqua Aerobics to Zumba, but once you’ve decided which one is for you then where do you start? Well, it’s all very well saying “turn up and join in”. But it’s not always quite that easy and here are some things you need to consider before you sign up.

Equipment

Most fitness classes have their own equipment included, but some of them require that you bring a yoga mat and towel at least. The other thing you will need to bring will be a water bottle full of cold water, you’ll be glad you remembered this one when you are sweating and thirstier than you’ve ever been. There are a few different options, but the stainless steel bottles are great for the environment and keep the water lovely and fresh too! Also, don’t forget to invest in a great sports bra if you need one. Lack of support can leave you in pain if you don’t consider this one before you begin.

Feelings

Ok so you may be nervous, but every single person in the class will have started somewhere and possibly been in your shoes in the recent times too, so don’t worry. Also, everyone is watching the instructor and not worrying about what you are doing, trust us when we say nobody cares about you missing a step, they will all be focussing on their own steps! 

Try some breathing techniques before you attend your first class or take a friend with you for moral support! 

Safety 

When you start a new exercise regime it’s always a good idea to check with a doctor first, make sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that might make exercising dangerous for you, also don’t forget to make sure the instructor knows of any health conditions that might make the class a bit difficult for you too. It’s not always obvious but listen to your body, and eventually, you’ll be keeping up with everyone else in the class also! Another point to consider is the safety of the venue and the instruction you are receiving. Follow your common sense, so you don’t end up needing a personal injury lawyer

Professional

Whatever you do, make sure you are only using services offered by trained professionals, your form when you’re exercising is incredibly important, and you need to make sure you don’t injure yourself. Check out the local gyms first and find out exactly who you’re trusting with your fitness levels. You’re going to be paying good money for this service so getting the best is only right. Unfortunately, there are lots of classes that aren’t run by trained, insured professionals. But if you do your research and ask around, you will find the right class for you! 

You Goals

If your goal is to build muscle, then Zumba may not be the one for you, but if you’re looking to burn calories, then it’s perfect. Choosing your ideal class is going to be based on what your goals look like, how much time per week you have to commit and what budget you have, so take a pen and paper, sit down, and work out precisely what it is you want to gain from being part of this fitness class. This will help you get off on the right foot from the get-go. 

Commit

The number one way to get the most out of your fitness class is to commit to it 100%, of course there are going to be some events  that you can’t quite account for, but mostly you will have a routine you can set that will mean you can fit in your classes regularly and get the most from them. It’s crucial to get this right from the beginning. Otherwise, you may be setting yourself up for a fall. 

Just remember that everyone is different and when listening to other people’s opinions consider how that will translate into your situation rather than going along with whatever they say. And if this is your first ever fitness class you’re in for a treat! There’s nothing quite like it. 

At the end of the day, you’re taking a great step in the right direction and being prepared will only help you on your way to success, whatever your reason for joining a fitness class you’ll be glad you did once, you’re over the first hurdle of getting to class and signing up! Good luck!

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