Now, it’s great to go to the gym and workout on your own, but there’s nothing like taking a workout class. There are a variety of classes that anyone can take. Depending on your gym, there could be a yoga class, groove or Zumba, weight lifting, kickboxing, Core, etc. These classes are for anyone, any age, and any build.
First, just the aspect of having a social life while working out is great. It is an awesome way to meet new people who you can create shared workout bonds with. What is more motivating than having one of your friends go workout with you? They help you get out of bed in the morning and head to the gym or go out with them after to talk and grab a healthy meal. Friends help motivate each other by pushing them to go to the gym or even eat healthy after.
Not only is it important to create that bond with whoever is in the workout class, but also with the instructor. They are your friend and mentor - look up to them and use them as a resource. Ask them for tips and create a bond with them. This will help motivate you to get to the gym in the long run. They know who is in their class and love to have new people. If you are starting a class, talk to the instructor before, introduce yourself, and again, ask for tips. This will help you to understand the language and moves of the class and ease the transition to feel like you are fitting in. There are key words that change from class to class and it will be easier to progress if you ask what they are.
Workout classes generally start at a specific time and can last for an hour to an hour and a half. They are a good way to get in a rhythm when working out. Creating a pattern of when you work out will help make working out the norm after a while. Having a class start at the same time on the same days will get you into that rhythm without even trying. Workout classes are planned and timed to give you exactly what you need in a certain time frame. The great part about these classes is that you can progress at whatever speed you feel comfortable at. In cardio workout classes, there are different steps for beginner, average, and advanced workouts. The same goes for a weight lifting class. If you start out and are not able to lift a lot, start at five or ten pounds. Once you build up that muscle, you can add on more weight.
Workout classes are a great way to get a workout in whether you're just starting out or have been in shape for a long time. It is a perfect way to stay motivated and keep challenging yourself. There are many different classes to choose from, so you'll be able to find what suits you without a problem!
- By Ally Lowery, Dreissig Apparel Inc. Intern