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How to Get the Most Out of a Fitness Class

Group Fitness 101: How to Always Make the Most of a Class

Group fitness classes are an awesome way to get your sweat on. They're dynamic, they're social, and they push you to the edge. With that said, sometimes it's easy to take the easy road when you're one of 40 people working out in the same room. To get the most out of the group environment, you've got to be willing to go the distance.

Enjoy yourself: Never go into a group fitness class with a bad attitude; it makes every minute feel more difficult. Before entering a class, commit to have fun. Leaving stresses at the door will make the experience far more positive.

Introduce yourself to the teacher: It may feel a little awkward going up to a teacher before class, but if you're new, it's a great idea. Giving the instructor a heads up will allow them to give you a few pointers before class — and maybe some extra attention throughout the hour! If you're too shy to go up before, a simple thank you at the end of class gives the instructor the opportunity to remember you next time.

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Don't go halfway: When not working one on one with a trainer, it's easy to cheat a little by taking a break when the going gets tough. To burn more calories and receive the best possible workout, don't fall victim to this trap. Giving 100 percent during the entire class will leave you feeling proactive and without regrets.

Take the challenge: Teachers will often offer harder variations of exercises. If you've been taking the class for a while, it's important to challenge yourself with advanced moves. It's the only way you'll push your limits and challenge your body to progress!

Do you love the group environment? How do you make the most out of these classes?

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