I’ve taken pretty much every class my gym offers. So I thought it was time to do a round-up of each one I’ve tried. If you’re like me, you like to know what to expect. I was very intimidated when I started attending group classes because I was big and out of shape. But I quickly found that there was a wide range of fitness levels represented and that I was not the only person who was uncoordinated and out of shape.
You can see videos of all of these classes on YouTube and other places online. I like to take a look and see what kind of moves will be involved so I don’t feel completely lost. That helps me feel more comfortable. But also realize, everyone struggles to some degree in the first class. If you keep taking it, you will learn to anticipate what’s coming and it will get simpler to follow.
Classes I Have Tried at My Gym (24 Hour Fitness)
My advice? You won’t know unless you try it. So if your gym offers group classes, give them a shot. I recommend trying it twice before passing judgement, unless you just can’t stand it.
Tips on attending group exercise classes:
1. Get there early. Late-comers typically end up piled on top of each other in the back row. Classes that require equipment need more time than those that don’t. You need a good 5-10 minutes to set up for Body Pump and be in set position and ready to go when it starts.
2. Talk to the instructors. It’s nice to develop a relationship with them. If you have a question or concern, don’t be afraid to ask after class. It’s typically too Go Go Go! to ask during class. I’m even Facebook friends with some of my group exercise instructors.
3. Stand in the front. I know many people want to hide in the back, but you sell yourself short. Stand where you can clearly see the instructor (another great reason to show up early) and because most people will be elbowing each other for the back row, you’ll have plenty of space. You’ll also be able to see yourself in the mirror and this will help you emulate the instructors. You will also be able to observe the changes in your physical appearance as you lose weight and tone up. This is incredibly rewarding.
4. Pay attention to form. Listen. Good instructors repeat form advice throughout the class. Always use these reminders to reset your form for maximum benefit and minimum injury.
5. Have fun! If you can get a friend to go with you, even better. I swear, my friends and I laugh for the entire hour of Zumba. There is no better stress reliever.
Finally, I just want to give a quick word of thanks to all the instructors who teach. You change people’s lives! So thank you, Brenda, Kim, Laurie, Robyn, Nikki, Tony and Margoe. You have helped me immensely and continue to do so. Love It!