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Are Exercise Classes at Gyms Good?

Are Exercise Classes at Gyms Underrated and Overlooked?

yoga classMany of us have basic gym memberships, but still pay a little extra to go to our favorite classes outside of the gym — does Saturday vinyasa at a studio up the street sound familiar?

I'll be the first to admit that it took awhile for me to wrap my head around the fact that my gym membership also includes access to cool classes like kickboxing, yoga, boot camp, and more. The gym I go to is pretty basic, and I associate it with workouts that consist of cardio and weights, that's it. I'm sure if I went to a fancy gym, I'd consider signing up for their classes, since higher quality often equals experienced instructors and a better experience . . . right?

Am I overreacting or should I give my gym's classes another shot? (I have attended a few but wasn't overly impressed.) I'm just not sure that I'll be able to budge on my yoga classes — I love my dimly-lit, incense-smelling, yoga studio! Where do you stand on this topic?

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amber512 amber512 6 years
*someTHING else to do. lol, whoops
amber512 amber512 6 years
While I'm sure I could pay for a piece of home equipment I have to work out at the gym. 1. no room in my small apartment to put any kind of exercise equipment 2. I live on the top floor and just walking makes noise for the people below me, let alone jumping up and down on their heads and 3. the most important reason I go to the gym, but can't go to the classes, the motivation factor! It's way too easy to find someone else to do or to cut my workout short if I'm at home. Once I've driven all the way to the gym, I have to work out! And I might as well put in my time since I already made the effort to make it there.
KeLynns KeLynns 6 years
I joined a gym specifically for the yoga classes. A monthly gym membership was $50 and there were yoga classes several times a week. Before that, I was taking classes at a studio for around $10 each. So I figured the gym would be an awesome money saver. It was NOT awesome and I quickly regretted my decision. Even though there were a group of different teachers and I took classes at several different branches of the chain, I can only remember 1 instructor ever being worth anything. The rest of them might as well have been an exercise video for all the good they did. They did the positions in front of the class, and explained what they were doing, but there was no personalized help. You could be doing the positions totally wrong and no one would ever tell you. I don't blame the teachers. The classes were packed and it would probably be impossible to give everyone individual attention. But it made it a pretty worthless class to be in, and I assume any popular gym would be a similar situation. I was THRILLED when my contract was up and I could justify paying to exercise outside of the gym again.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
My gym that I frequent is pretty bare bones so I am always interested in fitness classes. I might check out the offer through Sugar.
onelovemeg onelovemeg 6 years
I like to do the cardio, spin and zumba at my gum but for yoga I go tot a specialized studio where they can heat the rooms for a vinyaysa flow. All the yoga classes I took at my gym were more stretch type classes and the rooms were always freezing!! My membership through the yoga studio is FREE because I clean there once a week. It's great. I do invest in groupons and so I am constantly spending money somewhere on fitness. :)
trinachka trinachka 6 years
Actually I belong to a boxing gym that's more about classes than it is about cardio machines or free weights. It's definitely a lot more costly than a basic gym membership, but I get more out of it in terms of having terrific trainers and camaraderie/accountability and tough, changed-up workouts. (My work has a small gym with cardio machines and free weights, so when I want to go more basic, I head there.)
amber512 amber512 6 years
I would love to be able to attend my gym's classes, but their times are so inconvenient!
laellavita laellavita 6 years
every location of my gym has a dimly lit, clean and calming yoga studio specifically for the yoga classes -- pilates, too, but i've never really gotten into that kind of exercise. i pay so much more for my gym BECAUSE all of the classes are right there, plus, i absolutely adore one of the yoga instructors. he totally changed my practice and my outlook of yoga!
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 6 years
The reason I shell out extra $$ for my classes is BECAUSE of the classes!! I used to think they were overrated, but now I love them.
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