Updated: Jul 29, 2019
It can be tough to walk into your first group fitness class, especially if you haven't worked out in a while. But, I want to encourage you to push fear aside and go anyway! Group fitness is a great way to move your body and reach your fitness goals. Here are 3 tips to make your first class less intimidating, more fun and effective.
For the last two years I've taught group fitness classes with FIT4MOM. The nation’s leading company for pre and postnatal health, wellness, and fitness programs for every stage of motherhood. F4M fitness and wellness programs help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit.
I currently teach Body Back the 8-week transformation program to moms in Burbank CA. Body Back Transformation is more than a workout. It's an experience that includes high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts designed to challenge, empower, and recharge you. Transformation also provides nutrition guidance, recipes and meal planners to educate and guide moms toward healthy eating habits.
The program also includes, pre and post fitness assessments which allows moms to see their progress and celebrate their accomplishments.
Each group fitness class is a chance for moms to get out of their comfort zone and push their personal limits in a fun, supportive environment.
Whether you're preparing to take your first Body Back class with me or visit another group class in your area consider these 3 tips to make your first group fitness class more effective and fun.
1. Arrive early.
Whenever possible try to arrive early. It will give you a chance to chat with the instructor, ask questions, get familiar with the space and possibly grab any equipment you may need. I typically arrive at the studio at least 15 minutes before the start of class to meet new moms and set up.
2. Introduce yourself.
Once you arrive try to introduce yourself to the instructor. This is especially important if you have any injuries or need modifications. As instructors, the more we know about you the better.
3. Listen to your body and go at your own pace.
It can be tempting to try and keep up with the other members of the class but if it's your first time in a new class give yourself permission to learn the format. Take breaks if you need to. But don't feel like you have to hang out in the back of the room.
Before beginning any new fitness program always consult your physician to make sure you are cleared for exercise.