As you may or may not know- I have taken on the challenge to try every single class my gym has to discover what pushes me the most. I want to get the perfect class (or two) that will get me the best results.
But before taking a class, it’s important to know these 5 things:
1. What is the class about exactly?
I tried “Hatha Yoga” for the first time this year.
I, based on commonsense, knew it involved yoga, but it is clearly different.
What makes hatha yoga different from traditional yoga? What should I expect?
Research your class before taking it so that you feel more at ease and a lot more confident about what you’re walking into! (P.S. YouTube helps a lot).
2. What are the benefits?
This is an obvious one but many times, we just go to a class to go.
We go to try it and hope it will help us get results.
Try researching the benefits ahead of time so that you can better understand why you are doing the workout.
Example: A single Kickboxing Cardio class can burn anywhere from 750-900 calories per hour.
Say you’ve taken this class twice this week. You are planning to do an extra hour of cardio on the treadmill.
Given the calories you’ve already burned – does that make sense?
Maybe, but chances are, you are not getting the best results out of your workouts.
Work smart – plan ahead.
3. Go at your own pace!
Hey, it’s your first time taking the class you decided to try!
Give yourself some props but listen to you body!
Trust me, trying to look like a pro at your first time taking a class will only make you look foolish. The instructor is there to make sure you understand the workout at your own pace and to make sure you still get a kick as* workout, regardless.
4. Dress the part
It’s important to be in something comfortable – most workout clothes will normally be fine for any classes.
However for classes such as cycling (where you will sweat a lot) have something that wicks moisture away.
Do some research and make sure you are comfortable for best workout results. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to wear something you feel confident in.
5. Have Fun!
Yes, you are there to workout.
Yes, you don’t know what you are doing yet.
But so what?
Go to the class with the mindset that it will be a productive time regardless.
Let your worries and stress fade away. Have fun, enjoy, it is your “me time” after all.
Now, go dominate that class while looking great and feeling confident at the same time!
You got this! 🙂