So. You’ve signed up for the gym and you’re actually going.
This is a big step, as there are hundreds of thousands of gym memberships out there, patiently waiting to be used, as their owners think up new and creative reasons to never ever go to the gym.
But the only problem? You’re doing the same old thing every week. You do some time on the treadmill, some time on the stepper, and then you attempt the rowing machine for a bit before going home.
You’ve never attempted any of the gym classes because you don’t quite know what to expect. And every time you think you might try one, you get overly intimidated by all the people who line up outside the doors and jostle for the best position in front of the instructor.
Let me tell you: You’re missing out. Group fitness classes are fun, motivational, and incredibly effective in that it’s frowned up to leave halfway through… so you’ll definitely get that 45-minute or hour-long workout.
Here’s your guide to the most popular of fitness classes and what to expect. If I’ve missed anything? Add them in the comments.
– Always arrive at least 15 mins before your class so you have time to put things away in a locker and get settled in. Wait outside the class so you can see when the doors open up, but don’t barge right in until everyone in the room has had time to exit.
– If you show up late, don’t bother – it’s rude, it distracts everyone and many classes won’t let you join in anyway if you’ve missed the warm-up.
– Always bring a towel and a bottle of water. Your own yoga mat is also good for classes such as yoga and pilates.