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Tips for Starting a New Fitness Class

When starting a new group exercise class, you should show up prepared to help make the class go as smoothly as possible so you can enjoy it and think about going back for round two.

Here are a few tips for being prepared for a new class:

  • Have an open mind. It's new and chances are it's going to be hard. Stick with it, and if you really hate the class, then it's alright to leave discreetly, but make sure that is your last resort.
  • Show up 5 to 10 minutes early. It's hard to jump into a class that's already begun, not to mention distracting for everyone else.
  • Bring water. Bring a big bottle of water since there may not be a water fountain close by.
  • Take off your good jewelry. One time I did a class where I had to do rounds of hitting the punching bag; the instructor was less than impressed when I had to pause to take off my rings and fasten them around my neck on my necklace.
  • Dress appropriately. Layers and clothing that move are always good for exercise classes. If you're going to be on your feet a lot (i.e. step classes, aerobics, boot camp) be sure to wear supportive sneakers.

Fit's Tip: The teacher's pet in me always likes to tell the instructor, "I am new to this, so bear with me." It just makes me feel a little more comfortable in hope that she won't pick on me or think I am slacking off.

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Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I love my African Dance Class! I was so scared to join at first by my friend convinced me; I havent missed a class since-two months later! Also remember its not a competition, so take your time! I remember by first time in a Kickboxing class, I didnt want to look like a whimp since everyone seemed to know what they were doing: needless to say I almost pass out trying to keep up with everyone else. Have fun!!!
nancita nancita 8 years
Another tip: If the instructor asks if anyone is knew to the class or the type of class, don't be embarrassed to raise your hand if you are new! My pilates teacher always asks this, and I've notice that when there are new people, she explains everything more. When there are a bunch of regulars, she uses more shorthand in her explanations.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
I :love: fitness classes!! too much fun! :)
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