Joining a boutique fitness center that specializes in just group classes can be a bit intimidating. Even seeing the group classes at your local gym can cause a bit of FOMO, but also cause a bit of FAJ (Fear About Joining) that keeps you away. We get it, working out in a group setting isn’t for everyone, but it sure can be a lot of fun. Plus, not to mention some great benefits you get in a group setting that you can’t doing those biceps curls by yourself. Here are tips on how to jump into your first class and why group fitness classes might be your perfect swipe-right match.
Tips on How to Join Group Fitness Classes
Know a Friend
One of the best ways to get into a group fitness class is if you have a friend that is already in the class. Hit them up and find out when the next class is they are going to, or plan a time that works great for both of your schedules. It is great to have a buddy that already knows what’s up. That way, you won’t be shy to ask questions, lean on for what to do or the comfort of possibly feeling a little silly together with some of the movements.
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It might also be worth figuring out which teacher/coach people seem to like the best. You want to take advantage of having the best class possible, right? Jumping into your first class with the best certainly will give you the best experience you can ask for for that particular class.
Not every group class should be treated the same. One teacher might not jive with you the best. The type of fitness is not something you like, or maybe you loved it, but you are curious about what else is out there. Maybe it just felt off or possibly wasn’t as exciting as you hoped it would be, then just say it was worth the try and try again. There are SO many different types of group fitness classes out there that you are bound to need to explore a bit before you find what you are looking for.
Try for Free
A ton of group classes let you join for free. This way, you aren’t burning a hole in your pocket trying to find the best fit. Search in your area for classes that might offer the first one free or for a super-discounted price. We even suggest giving the place a call and seeing what their drop-in rates are, as they might advertise more on their website than they are actually willing to charge.
Benefits of Group Fitness Classes
Power in Numbers
After going to a group fitness class for awhile, people tend to make friends (or maybe you recruited a friend to join). The people you connect with naturally tend to become your accountability partners. They want you to be there with them, so they will reach out prior to make sure you will be there or reach out afterward asking where you were. You can even sign up for classes together. When you have a friend, you are destined to attend class regularly.
Group fitness can help you socialize and gain support. There is security in having others around you who are working toward a common goal, and the support helps to overcome a lot of concerns for beginners, such as fear of difficulty or failure. It is a great way to create realistic expectations for yourself when you see other people experiencing the same thing as you in real-time.
No Need for Planning
All you need to do is plan to show up, then leave the rest to the instructor. You don’t have to come up with your workout plan for the week; you just get to show up and let the instructor motivate you to do the rest.
Choosing workout classes with a variety of class times can help you meet your goals on how many times you want to work out per week. If you go to a group fitness program, you dedicate specific days and times to work out with others. This means that there is always a part of your schedule dedicated to working out. There is also that whole accountability thing we mentioned before in knowing that someone will notice if you do not work out during that set time.
Can Reduce Injury
It’s the fitness instructor’s job to not only show proper form, but to also make sure that everyone in the class is executing each exercise the right way. Not only is proper form important for your muscles to reap the most out of every exercise, but it also helps eliminate potential injuries. When you are working out alone, you don’t have someone there to tell you how to do the exercise correctly or potentially help you if you get stuck.
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