Whether it’s yoga or Zumba, starting a new fitness class can be intimidating — especially if it’s a form of exercise you’ve never done before.On the other hand, joining a gym and participating in a group class is a fun, effective way to get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolutions.
SURVIVING A NEW FITNESS CLASS
1. BRING A FRIEND
Trying something new is always easier with a supportive companion. Taking a friend with you to a new fitness class not only makes the experience more pleasant but it also holds you accountable. You’re less likely to skip the class if someone’s expecting to meet you there.
Additionally, many gyms and fitness centers offer guests passes for friends.
Download the ATC’s free friend pass!
2. ASK FOR MODIFICATIONS
Maybe you’re hesitant to join a fitness class because you’re afraid of embarrassing yourself by not being able to perform the moves. Keep in mind that everyone was new once, and you’ll never excel at an exercise program unless you try it.
Often, class instructors provide beginner-level versions of the moves they teach. If not, don’t be afraid to ask for a modification when the exercise is too difficult.
3. SHOW UP EARLY
One of the best ways to feel prepared and ready to conquer a new fitness class is to get there early. This allows you to find a good spot in the front where you can easily see the instructor. You’ll also have time to familiarize yourself with any equipment that may be used.
4. FOCUS ON FORM
Practicing good form is crucial. If you fail to do a move with the correct posture, you may not see the results you desire from that exercise. Even worse, you could end up injured.
The best way to make sure your form is on point? Get it correct from the start. Take the extra time to perfect your posture, ask the instructor to check you’re correctly performing each move, and slow down if necessary.
5. KEEP MOVING
The worst thing you can do during a fitness class is give up. No matter how challenging the exercise, keep trying. Try to maintain good form. However, if you can’t, just keep your body moving.
Group fitness classes are all about progressing. With every class you attend, you will become stronger and healthier.
From cycling and Zumba to water exercise and yoga, the Amarillo Town Club has a group fitness class for everyone.
When you’re ready to take your health to the next level by joining a group class, get in touch with the pros at Amarillo Town Club. You have nothing to fear when trying something new. Our friendly team will help you find a class you love, no matter your fitness level or schedule!