Group fitness classes are fun, motivating, high energy and a great social way to exercise. A class will shake up your current training regime and open your mind to alternative movements that will help you reach your health and fitness goals. With so many group fitness classes to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Read on and discover six tips for picking the right group fitness class.
From Barre to Body Vive, Grit Strength to Flexibility, Emily Skye Ignite to Pilates Reformer and everything in between, it’s easy to match your goals to a group fitness class. Ask yourself, what do you want to achieve from your training? Find a fitness goal and then find a class that will help you reach it. For example, if your goal is to increase your strength and cardio fitness, a Hirt, Grit Strength, HIIT or Kettlexpress class may be better suited than a meditation or yoga class. But if you are looking for a way to improve your flexibility, reduce stress levels or wind down on busy work days, then meditation, tai chi, flexibility or a Pilates class is for you.
Don’t be afraid to try a number of different classes to find the one (or many!) you enjoy and would like to go along to on a more regular basis. We are more likely to continue doing something that we enjoy and gives us pleasure than something that we see as a chore or dislike, no matter how good it might be for us! If you don’t like the first class you try, do a different one. With class choices including high energy, fast moving, slow and controlled, with or without weights, low-impact, speed-focused, functional or balance-based, there will definitely be a class you enjoy – and trying a selection of classes is a fun way to find it.
If you haven’t tried Yoga before, it’s highly likely that an advanced Yoga class will be pretty challenging. Likewise, if you have never been on a bike before, an advanced cycle class is very likely to have you gasping for breath! Luckily there are a number of group fitness classes that are tailored to all fitness levels and once you’ve mastered them, you can challenge yourself further with the next level. Be sure to let the group instructor know this is your first time in the class so they can ensure you’re working to your fitness level.
Most group class timetables have a description of each fitness class – take a read through and find something you’re drawn to. It might be a class you’ve never tried before that sounds fun or it might be something you’ve thought about doing for a while now but hadn’t got around to it. Don’t overthink it – book yourself in and see how you go!
It can be hard to know which exercises are going to help you get the best results or where to start, even if you’ve got your health and fitness goals strongly set in place. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and not sure which class is going to be best for you, simply ask an expert. A Goodlife Group Fitness Instructor or Fitness Professional will be able to assess your health and fitness goals and advise which group fitness classes are going to help you achieve them.
Do you have a friend, family member or colleague who goes to a group fitness class? Why not join them? There are a number of benefits to training with a buddy, including accountability, motivation, some friendly competition, support and the fun factor. Plus, joining a group fitness class with someone you know is also a great way to take the first class nerves away!