New to exercise? Try the group effect.

So, its a new year and you’ve made the decision that this year is the year to put yourself first. But if you’re new to exercise, the thought of joining a gym would be quite daunting. It’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous or apprehensive when trying something new, which is why we recommend starting with a group fitness class. Group fitness suits people of all ages and fitness levels. Regular group exercise improves your fitness, heart health and weight loss. Exercising with others boosts your mental health and creates community connections. And the best part? Choosing a group exercise that you will enjoy and fits with your lifestyle encourages you to stay motivated!

Here are 10 tips to help you overcome any fear and make the most of your group fitness experience:

  1. Have Fun: (We can’t stress this enough): Group fitness is not just about working out; it’s also about having fun. Enjoy the music, the energy of the group, and the overall experience.
  2.  Choose the Right Class: Pick a class that aligns with your interests and fitness level. There are various options like yoga, spinning, dance, or strength training. Starting with something you enjoy can make the experience more enjoyable.
  3. Bring a Friend: Having a workout buddy can provide moral support and make the experience more enjoyable. It’s often easier to try new things when you have someone familiar with you.
  4. Arrive Early: Arriving a bit early allows you to get comfortable with the environment, meet the instructor, and find a spot that feels right for you. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions you might have and let the instructor know of any injury concerns.
  5. Communicate with the Instructor: Let the instructor know that you’re new to the class. They can offer modifications or extra guidance to help you feel more comfortable. All our instructors are more than happy to assist newcomers.
  6. Start Slow: Don’t push yourself too hard in the beginning. Listen to your body and take breaks when needed. Group fitness is about progress, not perfection.
  7. Focus on Yourself: Remember that everyone in the class started as a beginner at some point. Don’t worry about how you compare to others. Focus on your own progress and celebrate small victories.
  8. Set Realistic Expectations: Understand that it might take a few sessions to get the hang of things. Don’t expect perfection from yourself right away. Celebrate the fact that you’re taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle.
  9. Stay Positive: Positive self-talk can make a big difference. Instead of thinking about what you can’t do, focus on what you can do and how you’re improving.
  10. Hydrate and Fuel Your Body:  Make sure you’re well-hydrated and have eaten something light at least 90 minutes before the class. This can give you the energy you need and help you feel more comfortable during the workout.

Remember, everyone was a beginner at some point, and most people in the class are focused on their own workout. Give yourself time to adapt, and soon enough, you’ll likely find that the fear diminishes as you become more familiar with the routine and more confident in your abilities. This boost of confidence has seen plenty of our members take the next stage from being on the floor to teaching on stage! Who knows…. you could be our next superstar instructor!