5 Tips for the First-Timer in a Group Fitness Class
So you’ve never been to a group fitness class? Let’s just start by saying you’re in for a fun time! Group fitness is one of the best ways to dial up the motivation for working out, so if you’re scoping out the schedule thinking you might like to give it a try, we say it’s time to pencil it in and go.
However, if this is your first time working out in a class setting, we know you might be feeling a mix of excitement and uncertainty. As you’ll quickly realize, there are many folks who are group fitness junkies, they take certain classes religiously and have their favorite instructors who often times become good friends, so it can feel a little daunting as the newbie in the group. But fear not.
Group fitness classes are an environment of welcoming with a team mentality, so no need to be nervous, but if you still want to walk in feeling more confident, keep these first-timer tips in mind.
1.) Don’t Overthink It
You’ll need anything you would typically bring for a good sweat sesh on your own: a bottle of water, a hand towel, proper footwear (unless you’re going to barre..bring socks!) and a confident attitude.
Here at VIDA we have all the equipment you need to participate in the class, so no worries about bringing your own yoga mat or anything like that, unless you want to, of course.
2.) Check This at The Door
One other thing you don’t need for class (and yes, this one needed it’s own category), your phone!
Beyond phones being a potential distractor for other class attendees, it can be a distractor for you, too. If you’re taking the time to go to a class, be 100 percent there and don’t slow down your workout because you’re checking to see who just texted you.
This is your time, guard it fiercely.
3.) Don’t Come Famished
Group fitness is ideal for exercisers who need that extra push to ramp up the effort during their workout.
This means that this class may be tougher than you’re used to, so it’s good to go in with some energy stores. Have a small, but nutrient packed pre-workout snack about a half-hour before your class to ensure you don’t get lightheaded or feel sick in the middle of your workout.
Check out some of these great pre-workout snack options from POPSUGAR Fitness.
4.) Don’t Get Discouraged
Many group fitness classes, for example, Zumba, Pound, and cycle, have a distinctive rhythm you have to get used to, so know that you might not be great at it on your first try and that’s totally okay!
Don’t get discouraged because it took you a few more seconds to switch gears or get situated in a new sequence, you’ll just need to come to the class more than once to get the hang of it.
And if you’re still not feeling it by the time you’ve done your fourth or fifth class, it may not be for you, but we guarantee if you keep trying different classes you’re going to find one you fall in love with.
5.) Own Your Newness
At the beginning of every class the group fitness instructor is going to ask who has never been to their class before. They don’t do this so they can shine a spotlight to embarrass you, they do this because they want to make sure you have everything you need before starting and that you’re set up for success.
Instructors also ask so that they can keep on eye on you during class to make sure you’re keeping proper form and performing the moves correctly.
So don’t be afraid to raise your hand high when they ask if anyone is new, you can even go up to them in the minutes before class starts to double check that you’re set up correctly.
Remember, everyone was a first-timer at some point and instructors are there to instruct!
Now that you’re psyched up and ready to conquer your first class it’s time to put it on your calendar.
Check out our group fitness schedule online along with the class descriptions to see what might be a good fit for you, see you in class!