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Fit Tip: Spy Before You Try

We've all been there: you waltz into a new group glass at the gym only to discover that the yoga is far beyond your reach or the dance moves are better suited to fly girls than fitness buffs. Getting in over your head can not only be embarrassing, but it can also lead to injuries.

So before you wander into a class based on a friend's recommendation or a cool-sounding description, stop by the week prior and peek into the studio. Position yourself outside the door or in the back of the room and observe five to 10 minutes of the class, enough to get a sense of whether or not it's for you. It's best to come in at least 10 minutes into it, so you can observe post-warmup.

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darc5204 darc5204 8 years
Yogaforlife makes a good point. The last group class I took was one where I liked the material, but the instructor wasn't very good and it didn't end up feeling worth the time. I never would have known that from looking in the window (which is a little strange, anyhow).
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I recently tried my first group ashtanga yoga class at a yoga studio. The first class is free and it was so nice because the class was small and the instructor talked to me beforehand about what was involved and to gauge my level of experience and to go over any moves I did not know. I thought I would feel self conscious since everyone else in the class was regulars who knew the class by heart. Instead, I loved the class, the instructor was by my side helping me whenever I needed it and I could sit back if it was something beyond my skill (others also sat back too when necessary). Now I know it's the class for me and I plan on joining the studio. I think it's important to find out if you like the instructor too beforehand. I've taken other workout classes before and realized that I didn't like some of the instructors even though I liked the class and felt less motivated to go to the class.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I always check out the classes as I walk past the fishbowl-esque studios they take place in. I have surmised that I would not be the kind of person who should do one of their classes.
lollofit lollofit 8 years
Ummm.. Interesting. In my experience, a lot of places will let you try out a class before committing if you just ASK.
EvieJ EvieJ 8 years
I'd feel a bit of a stalker if I did that! Although it is good advice - I once went to a Pilates class that had almost 0 Pilates involved, but lot of running around in circles and doing crab walks.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
isn't part of the fun of trying a new class stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new, even if you (literally or figuratively) fall on your face? let your insecurity go. at least you're trying!!
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