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The Benefits and Risks of Taking Back-to-Back Exercise Classes

Do You Ever Take Back-to-Back Classes?

yoga classIs there ever a time when you go to a class — whether yoga, boot camp, Pilates, or kick boxing — and notice someone from the class before you, staying for your class? Whenever I go to hot yoga, there's a man who does back-to-back classes, possibly even more than that! And they aren't just restorative yoga classes, with lots of deep breathing and relaxing stretches, they are the intense, fire-breathing (feels like it!) bikram classes. Yes, he looks amazing and is in better shape than I'll ever be, but sometimes I wonder if I could ever pull off going to two classes in a row. I guess you'd already be warmed up, so what's another hour or two?

You would think that getting lots of exercise and going to more than one class wouldn't be a bad thing, but there are those who are addicted to exercise. When exercising becomes an obsession and a compulsive behavior, the benefits of exercise fade away since you are putting additional strain on your muscles and joints, which can lead to serious injuries. Overall, factors like the actual class, its length, and how much exercise you do outside of your classes can all be factored into whether or not two or more classes is too much. But what about you? Do you ever stay for more than one class?

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a-lee a-lee 4 years
Wow! I wish I had the energy to take back-to-back classes...
cheyn1 cheyn1 4 years
Three times a week I do a cardio class followed by a pilates or yoga class.
EvieJ EvieJ 4 years
I like to do cardio and then yoga, does that count? I also like to do yoga and then Zumba.
bcn1000 bcn1000 4 years
I have a regular Tuesday set: spinning followed by a 30-minute abs class.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 4 years
I do a cardio warmup before practicing yoga or pilates on my own, but after a class? The added pressure to push yourself during a class just drains me.
Susi-May Susi-May 4 years
I like to take Zumba and then swim laps . . . so not necessarily back-to-back classes, but sometimes one class is not enough.
RunningOnCoffee RunningOnCoffee 4 years
The choices for the survey are too broad. I have taken back to back classes, but it's been 1-hr of spinning followed by a 30-min ab class, when I have time to stay for both. Different muscle groups, and my gym doesn't offer a ton of classes so I have to take them when I can get them.
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