Group fitness classes are the ideal way to stay fit and healthy. They offer a wide variety of classes to fit the needs of the group and to meet a vast amount of fitness goals. So much can be said for the benefits of joining a fitness class. Group fitness classes are by far the most popular form of exercise, but for many people a group fitness class can also be intimidating.
So much can be said for the benefits of joining a fitness class. Group fitness classes are by far the most popular form of exercise, but for many people a group fitness class can also be intimidating.
Group Fitness Class
Group fitness is a craze that is sweeping across the country. These classes are for anyone and everyone, even you! With hundreds of different types of fitness classes to choose from you are sure to find one that is right for you.
Feeling the group’s energy will help you to stay focused and energized as you workout, it really is an amazing feeling to participate in a group exercise setting.
Here are some types of classes that you might be interested in:
Yoga and Pilates – Yoga and Pilates are great for increasing your balance, flexibility and strengthening your core. A group class is a great way to learn the proper techniques and correct form that is required for each pose.
Zumba – Zumba is an aerobic type class that is ideal for burning calories, strengthening the heart and getting your blood flowing. Zumba is a dance style aerobics class where you will dance to music and have fun. Group classes, like Zumba are very popular and lots of fun, especially because they are in a group setting where the all-around energy is highly contagious. The more the merrier!
CrossFit – CrossFit is an all-around workout class that will push your fitness level to new heights. This class uses a variety of different functional movements, lots of strength training and offers wide variety in classes that change daily with the infamous CrossFit WOD (workout of the day).
It is also one of the most popular group classes out there that can help you lose weight, get strong, improve your functionality in everyday life and build lean muscle tone.
There are many other types of classes available at gyms, studios, community centers and universities across the country. Decide what your fitness goals are and let that guide you to a class. Don’t be afraid to try a few of them out and see which one works best for you.
Dealing With Fear
The most common type of fear is the fear of the unknown. When we allow our fears to control us it can prevent us from experiencing new things and from growing in unique ways. Fear can also keep people from being proactive in their fitness goals and staying away from exercises classes.
Fear not! Keep reading to learn some of the most effective ways to chase your fears away.
Tips To Combat Your Fears
You’re not the only one that feels intimidated, many people feel the same way. Everyone in that fitness class was a first time student. Most likely there will be other first timers in the class with you.
- The first time is always the hardest. Once you walk through the door into the class, the hardest part will be over.
- Take a friend with you to class. Having someone to keep you company can do wonders to help alleviate that feeling of fear.
- Don’t worry about what others think. Everyone is there to workout and is more focused on themselves than anyone else. You might be surprised at how many are worried about what you think of them.
- Have fun! Make your experience fun and enjoyable. After the class begins you will be too involved in having fun to remember being scared. Remember that if the classes were not fun people would not go to them. That means that you are very likely to enjoy yourself too!
- Focus on your goals. To reach your fitness goals a group fitness class is the way to go. Stay focused on what your fitness goals are and let everything else go.
- Get to know the people in your class. The more people you know in the class the more fun the class can be and the less intimidating it will become.
- Talk to the instructor before the class starts. They can put your mind at ease and give you some tips so that you will not feel so out of place. Your teacher is a trained professional that is there to help you.
Don’t let fear keep you from participating in improving your health and fitness, and remember that not only will you get the chance to be healthier, you will also conquer your fear, which is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world.
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