Intimidated to jump into a group fitness class for the first time? Half the battle is signing-up, but then what happens when you get there?  Don’t sweat it, we’ve got 5 tips that will get you ready for your first group fitness class.

  1. Show Up Early

Don’t stumble into the class five minutes late. If it’s your first time, you need to get the lay of the land. Go at least 5-10 minutes early, check-in, get a tour and meet your trainer. This will help you get acclimated before the hustle and bustle of people start arriving. Make sure you have time to get familiar with the studio and your spot – you don’t want to get lost in the crowd.

  1. Be Open

You’re taking a new class for the first time, so be open to stepping out of your comfort zone. Stay positive and be open to trying something new. You’re in a new gym, with a new fitness crew sweating around you. Don’t grimace at your trainer. Remember why you showed-up to this new class for the first time. Introduce yourself to the people sweating around you.  It’ll make it an easier experience to get through since they are going through the same workout.

  1. Pay Attention

Most clients get overwhelmed by a new trainer, the new class and/or the different format. The number one thing to keep in mind, is to pay attention, particularly to the instructor who will be guiding you through the the class. This means no talking, no phones, and stay focused. For example, Barry’s Bootcamp has upwards of 50 people in a single class with only one instructor. Don’t get lost, listen closely, and take it at your own pace.

  1. Stay For the Whole Class

In order to fully-experience a class, you have to stay until the end. Yes, this means the cool down too. Leaving early is disruptive when the music is down and the trainer is leading a stretch. To get the full experience and maximize the benefits of the class, you need to experience it from beginning to end. There is always time allotted for a cool down to allow your body to reset and stretch the muscles you just worked. You wouldn’t miss the warm up, would you?

  1. Listen to Your Body

At the end of the day, you know you’re body. If something doesn’t feel right to you, then back off a little. Always tell your instructor if you have any injuries before the class so he/she can offer modifications. This is a new experience and workout, you have to understand that you may not be the best at it. That’s totally fine, practice makes perfect. This is your time, your class, and your health.