6 Steps to joining a Group Exercise Class

So You’re Thinking of Joining a Group Exercise Class?

Fitness classes have been sweeping the nation. Everyone is joining gyms all around the country to get in shape and build camaraderie with others looking to find their summer bodies. Before you start any fitness class checks out these simple tips for success. Just getting up and going to the gym is not enough.

1. Set at least one personal goal.

Before you can reach something you have to identify what you are reaching for. Setting a personal goal makes you more likely to accomplish it.  You should look at your wants, abilities, and aptitudes to determine attainable goals for you to reach.

Are you looking to lose pounds for a wedding or to build muscle to look good naked? Or are you wanting to compete in your first 5k or run in the Boston Marathon? You have to create a plan to get yourself game-time ready.

2. Find the right class and instructor.

There are fitness classes being held everywhere, so it won’t be hard to find a class that will fit your schedule. Talk to coworkers, ask family members, or do a straw poll of strangers, but trust me they will know somewhere you can go.

Many of the Classes you find will have reviews online that you can find more information about them. Some will even let you come in and observe before you join.

As for choosing a class, look for a good fit for you. Is it the right mix of the sexes or ages? Is the instructor qualified and motivating? The more comfortable you are with the setting the more like you will continue to come back again and again.

3. Be honest about your fitness level and goals.

We have all had our glory days. Everyone was a star football player or prom queen in high school. But today, in 2015, we are paper pushers and cubicle dwellers. We are as young as we feel, but we don’t recover as quickly as we use to.

Make sure to get a checkup before starting any new fitness program. If everything is fine, don’t be afraid to push yourself. Set attainable, reasonable goals. Try losing 5 lbs in 2 weeks or maybe just being able to finish a workout without feeling like you are going to die.

It will be easy to look and compare yourself to others. You may not be the best in the class, but everyone has a starting point. Get in there and do your best.  Focus on your goals and push yourself to reach them.

4. Get the proper geared up.

There are a couple of necessities needed for any type of exercise class you take. You want your clothes to be nonrestrictive and your shoes to be comfortable. Next, grab a water bottle and a towel and you are ready to go.

Now if you’re looking to join a more advanced class like kickboxing and Crossfit you may need more equipment like boxing gloves, wrist wraps, or headgear. Some gyms will even provide loaners for you to use. In any case, make sure you have everything needed to be successful.

Also, there are a number of fitness trackers that a perfect for keeping track of your progress. There are heart rate monitors, pedometers, and calorie counters. All of which helps you know approximately how much you are putting in and getting out of your workout. Sometimes you burn calories and you didn’t even know it. Check out our recommended products for some awesomely fashionable pieces that will set you apart in the gym.

5. Top off the tank before starting

In other words, fuel your body before going to an exercise class. Everyone knows you should drink plenty of water before, during, and after a workout. But experts also recommend that you eat slow-digesting carbohydrates throughout the day to keep your energy levels high. Also, you should consume fast-absorbing carbs such as fruit or juice 30 minutes to an hour before you workout class.

I know everyone preaches low carb and low carb that, but carbs are a necessity for us to function and push hard during workouts. Carbs are a great source of energy. Ingesting up to 1 gram per pound of body weight will keep oxygen in the blood and help maintain energy levels.

So stock up on good carbs like beans, brown rice, or sweet potato. Your body will thank you after a long, grueling kickboxing class.

6. Get out there and do your best.

No matter what group exercise class you join you have to put your best foot forward and stay committed. One of my favorite quotes says…” you will only get out of life what you put into it.” This definitely applies to working out.

The more energy and effort you put into changing your body the more chances you will eventually see. Losing weight will not happen overnight, but if you stay committed and diligent you will see big changes everywhere.

Fitness is a lifestyle, not a fad. The things you do will affect you in every part of your daily life. Your personal choices do make a difference in the progress you are looking to achieve. Fortunately joining an exercise group can help keep you motivated and on track.  An exercise group class can be fun and exciting. So find an awesome one near you today!