Are you thinking about attending a group exercise class for the first time ever, or maybe after a long time? Are you slightly nervous about taking your first step into the exercise studio? Here are some tips to help get you there:
Arrive 10-15 Minutes Early
Give yourself time to familiarize yourself with the facilities and equipment, and to speak to the instructor and other participants before class. Be sure to find out if you need to sign up for any classes or get a class pass to secure a spot. Classes requiring equipment, like indoor cycling, have limited space and can fill up quickly.
Hello My Name is Newbie
Meet your instructor. We don’t bite, I promise! We help you get started and share tips and options. Then find a spot at the front so you can see and can be seen by your instructor.
Remember: Everyone’s Had a First Class at Some Point
That’s right! They’ve all been in your running shoes at least once and they will welcome you. Don’t be shy and don’t worry about moving left instead of right or being one count behind; it’s completely normal. Keep in mind that it’s not a competition, just work at your level and have fun.
Third Time’s a Charm
Try a class at least 3 times before deciding if it’s right for you or not. Your first class may be a little bumpy: you’ll be focused on following and processing a lot of new information. Your second class will feel a lot smoother, you’ll know what to expect and will react more quickly. By the third class, it’ll start to come naturally and you’ll have a great, fun workout!
Find Your Match
Enjoy a sampling of instructors; each one has a different coaching style. Look for instructors you connect with. The ones you have the most fun with, who motivate you when things get tough and who leave you wanting more. Finding the right match can make a huge difference in your workout.
Use all these tips together for best results. Dress comfortably, wear appropriate footwear, and have fun!
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Katya Mohsen is a fitness trainer and consultant who is passionate about active living. Follow her on Twitter: @killer_kat