Check local gyms and community centers to sign up for your next group class! Remember that variety and consistency are key to any successful fitness program; stay focused even when others want to chat. It’s perfectly okay to use a class as a way to make new friends, but be sure you get down to work when your instructor tells you. It’s easy to fall into a trap of chatting too much over working hard. Keep a nice balance so you can drop weight and make new friends.
Exaggerate your breathing. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you take a new class, a high intensity bootcamp, or a spinning class. Be sure you breathe and pace yourself the entire time. Relax and feel your way through the first class, then as you attend more, push yourself a little harder. Don’t overwork yourself in the first five minutes, only to then have cramps for the rest of the class!
Be on time. Show up! If you live in the city, you know parking and traffic won’t ever go away. Leave early and get to the class on time. You don’t want others to have to wait on you, or to miss your warm-up!
Do your homework outside of class. Ask the instructor if they post workouts on their Facebook or other social media pages so you can work on it outside of class. If you take a HIIT class, work on HIIT at the gym. If you take a pilates class, practice those concepts at least two other days on your own. If you take spinning, hop on your bike whenever you can. The last thing you want to do is wait to work on the programs taught in class, at class. It’ll be like you’re resetting each week and you may be less inclined to continue!
Purposely make a friend to stay accountable. If you know you tend to flake on your workouts, meet a friend before and after class. Ask them if they’ve ever taken it before and see how you can foster a new relationship. If you make a buddy, you’ll be held accountable to show up on time, work hard, encourage each other to push harder, and maybe even meet up outside of class for power walks, runs or other group fitness meet-ups.