Happy Friday guys! In keeping with the Food for thought Fridays I have decided to write this for the gym goers out there - for those who might want to try something new and get involved in group exercise.
If you are not a gym goer still have a read because it may come in handy one day or if you decide that you'd like to do a boot-camp class with a freelance PT… Now, enough of my rambling here is my list of TOP TIPS:
Don't be scared to try something new –
You'd be surprised how many people don't venture into group classes because they are scared to get ‘stuck in’ and come out of their comfort zone. Training in a new way could be the very thing that breaks a plateau and allows the body the chance to develop and become even stronger. I often hear people say that they are scared because, 'of how they will look', but progress doesn’t happen from the sidelines… After all, the saying, ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ is said for a reason.
Do your research –
Be sure to choose your class or activity that compliments your goals. For example, you may not want to commit to an aerobics class 3 times a week if you are trying to bulk up. You might want to get stuck in once a week on a cardio day though. This also applies to those who are new to a gym, be sure to ask questions and get an understanding of the features and benefits of the class, if you suffer from issues with your joints then a high impact session might not be the one for you.
Arrive early giving you time to limber up -
Try to get to the gym at least 15 minutes before the class, that way you'll have the chance to warm yourself up nicely and get the most out of your session in the gym. Class trainers will warm you up anyway, but that little bit of extra prep for your joints and can be the difference between a good workout and a GREAT workout!
Announce yourself and your experience level to the trainer -
This one you won’t be for every class, but if it is your first one then be sure to let the trainer know. Most good trainers will spot the newbie and offer a warm welcome to the class. This is also a great way of gaining some confidence as most good trainers will motivate and encourage your good work; they will also know when to modify the moves for you.
The biggest tip is to enjoy yourself, the reason group exercise is so popular is because everyone is working together and doing something they enjoy, kind of like a sports team. If you have fun with exercise it will do wonders for your confidence and demeanour, giving you something to look forward to in the days to come.
So there you have it, my top tips! If you have any topics you’d like me to write about relating to health and fitness then please comment below and if you like what you have read then please share it with your friends. I am really thankful for the readers of this blog and I’d love to reach as many people as I can with my ramblings…
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to Stay Strong and Keep Moving ;-)
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.