comeTaping can be a lot in a new fitness class. It may seem like everyone else already has their “spot” in the room and they all already know each other—and what to do. So it’s no surprise that most of us have some fear of trying new workouts. We may enter shyly, feeling like an outsider, nervous to put down our towel or roll up our mat. And while others are busy chatting with each other or clearly warming up, we’ll try to look busy on our phones or set up our workout space.
take a breath You are not alone. Starting a new fitness class can be intimidating, but remember everyone There was once an apprentice in the class and everyone Welcome to join.
Keisa Parrish, a certified yoga, Pilates, and TRX fitness instructor, and founder of Luebirta & Kaleonani Inc, who has taught fitness classes for more than 14 years, says pushing yourself to try new types of exercise is totally worth it.
For starters, doing different workouts can help you discover new movements and prevent overuse injuries. “If you’re looking for cardio to help build stamina, you don’t just have to do the treadmill. Try a HIIT class, vinyasa yoga, swimming,” suggests Parrish. “If you try a certain exercise and find yourself dragging your feet to do it again, try another one and then another until you find something that works for you.”
Since your body gets used to any type of physical activity you habitually do, trying a new fitness class is a good way to change up your routine.
“In the beginning, you can feel the results of the workout, but eventually after doing the same thing over and over again, you have to increase the level, add weight, change the speed or add a twist,” she says. “You’ll want to challenge your muscles to not only reach but maintain your fitness goals.”
Parrish says multiple ways to exercise make you more likely to stay active. “When you switch it up, it helps you not get bored,” she says.
But it is not only beneficial to the body; The brain also works by trying new things. “Challenging your brain to think critically about body movements teaches you to be more agile, and not just for exercise, but for everyday life,” Parrish explains. Instead of going on autopilot, a new challenge will force you to be present.
So how can you overcome your nerves as a newbie to reap all these benefits?
Get more comfortable by trying a new workout
Parrish shares a few helpful tips to help overcome the fear of stepping into a new fitness class.
1. Try workouts that actually appeal to you
There are almost endless ways to exercise your body, so choose what it likes you. “Don’t force yourself into a workout style because it’s trendy, or your coworker swears by it, or your best friend is a trainer. Our bodies are different, what they respond to is different, and our fitness goals are different,” says Parrish. “You should focus on your exercise regimen yours Target, not everyone on your Instagram timeline.”
2. Wear something that gives you confidence
Parrish says if you feel comfortable physically, you will feel comfortable mentally. “There’s nothing worse than kicking ass in class only to roll up your leggings or realize they’re showing with every squat, or your shirt is too restrictive, or the colors make you feel blah,” she says. “I’m by no means saying you have to go to the gym all glammed up, but when you’re not constantly worrying about adjusting your outfit, you’re more open to trying new things, pushing yourself, working hard and believing in your abilities. Get interested. Get moving.”
3. Read the class description ahead of time
Fitness class schedules may contain unfamiliar terms, such as “dance cardio” or “Pilates fusion,” so reading the descriptions ahead of time can give you an idea of what the class might include. You can even call and ask or stop by the front desk. Staff members will be more than happy to answer your questions.
4. View levels
Parrish suggests starting with an open-level or beginner-oriented class. “Even if you’re used to working out, group fitness classes have a curriculum that they follow, and advanced classes are usually filled with clients who have been taking classes for a long time,” she explains. “As a first timer, it can feel a bit isolating and intimidating to see what everyone has to do before the instructor tells them. Start slowly and build up to more challenging classes over time.”
5. Try it at home first
There are tons of free videos on YouTube that allow you to sample a new workout in the comfort of your living room before trying it with others. Parrish says it can help you “familiarize yourself with some of the movements and terminology, and you won’t feel guilty about closing your laptop if the class isn’t your cup of tea.”
6. Talk to the trainer in advance
If you’re not sure if a class is a good fit, chat with the teacher before it starts. “Tell them about any pre-existing conditions or injuries that you need to be aware of. That’s the fastest way to know if that particular class will help or hurt you toward your fitness goals,” says Parrish. “Not every class is for every person or body type. .”
7. Remember you are not alone
“Remind yourself that everyone in that class is doing the same mental gymnastics as you: ‘What is it right?’ ‘Am I feeling it in the right place?’ ‘It’s hard!’ ‘I can’t do another rep!’,” notes Parrish. “No one competes to be the best or to look the best. Everyone’s just trying to get through it, so just focus on you and your goals.”
You got this!