Choosing a fitness class? It’s hard to beat a fantastic fitness class as an excellent way to build strength, burn calories, and have fun. Here are 4 things to consider when choosing a fitness class for your lifestyle and schedule.
1). Think About What Kind of Fitness You Want
If you look around your area, you will probably find that there are many different options for fitness classes you can join. Some good examples of popular fitness classes include box-in Haus, Haus spin, Zumba, and in-Haus high intense interval training (HIIT), all of which incorporate fun music into the exercise to encourage you.
We’ve talked before about the psychological benefits of exercise, and choosing the right kind of fitness class is important for maximizing them. Take Zumba, for example, a type of fitness class that is popular among people who enjoy combining fun dance moves with music. Not only do you get to burn calories, you end up with a toned core and other muscles and an amazing feeling post-workout from all the endorphins.
In-Haus HIIT is another good example. This is a fitness class that offers workouts that are highly intense, meant to help you condition your body and burn a great deal of calories.
Whatever option you end up deciding on, it’s a good idea to take the time to really consider what you want to do. Read the reviews online (if there are any), maybe talk to someone who is in the class or used to do it.
2). Approach the Instructor
Another good idea is to reach out to the instructor and see if their class might be a good fit for you. A lot of fitness instructors will be delighted to field your questions, and they’ll likely be able to tell you a great deal about what the expectations are and what level of expertise or fitness you should be if you really want to take their class.
You may also have questions about the overall format of the class. Should you bring an exercise mat? What kind of clothing should you wear? Talking to a fitness instructor will give you the chance to air these questions and resolve them.
It’s also a particularly good idea to ask these questions if not asking them would hold you back from joining the class. If that’s the case, definitely reach out and ask the instructor. You’ll almost certainly feel more positively about joining the class.
3). What Are Your Overall Fitness Goals?
It’s also a good idea to think about your overall goals in joining this class. What kind of fitness are you trying to build in your own life? If you’re looking for something that will help you develop flexibility, core and leg strength, Zumba might be an excellent option. If you’re looking to build muscle and burn lots of calories, in-Haus HIIT might be the perfect fit for you.
Or maybe you’re simply looking to take things as they come. In that case, why not simply go with the thing that looks like it will be the most fun? There’s nothing wrong with that. A big part of incorporating a class into your own personal fitness practice will be making the time to do it and actually keeping your commitment to yourself to see it through. If choosing a fun class helps you to do that, then that’s an excellent reason to pick the thing you really want to do.
4). Where is the Class and What Time?
Incorporating a fitness class into your own personal fitness practice means a regular schedule commitment. Choosing a fun class is a big part of that, but that’s not enough to guarantee that you will actually have the willpower to see it through.
If you really want to make sure you choose a class you will be motivated to go to, you should not neglect the question of when the class is – what time of day – and also the location. If you choose a good location that is easy for you to get to and a time of day when you will actually be able and willing to exercise, you will find it easier to keep your commitment to yourself to go to the class. Our minds are very good at finding reasons to not exercise, so if you can find a place and time that works well for you then your mind will have that much less grounds for making excuses.
Joining a fitness class is a wonderful way to contribute to your health and wellbeing. It is a good idea to take some time to carefully consider what you want to do and address any concerns you may have before committing. Hopefully the 4 tips provided here will help you choose an amazing and wonderful class that addresses your needs.