7 Things You Should Do Before Trying A New Fitness Class

So you've decided to join a fitness class. Good for you! Maybe it is your first time in a class setting, maybe it is just your first time doing a new workout. Whatever it is, you don't want to be unprepared. There is nothing worse than showing up in the wrong gear or not understanding the lingo being tossed around. It is stressful and distracting and will only prevent you from getting the workout you went there to get. So, before you get started, 3 NYC fitness instructors share what you should do in advance of taking  any  class so you can settle in and get your sweat on! 1. Ask about the studio's surfaces. "Find out what kind of surface you'll be working out on, so you know what shoes to wear." says Alonzo Wilson, founder of Tone House. This may not seem like an obvious thing to do but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. "If it's an Olympic lifting class you want to have flat shoes, if [the ground is] turf where you're sprinting and pushing sleds, you'll want turf shoes or cross trainers," Wilson explains. 2. Be mindful about class time. This isn't just about punctuality but about the people you will be working out beside. "Participants in a 6 a.m. class tend to be very serious about their workouts," Wilson says. "Midday is usually a good to time to try a new workout for the first time." inpost   3. Hydrate and eat light. This is a biggie. You never know how your body will react to a new workout. "When taking a cycling class, you're bound to sweat and burn hundreds of calories! Therefore, it's extremely important to hydrate before and during class. I also recommend avoiding a heavy meal right before," says Jason Tran, instructor at Swerve Fitness. If you eat too much before a workout, your body will try to devote its energy to digesting your food instead of the workout. This may result in your feeling sick to your stomach. No one wants that. For healthy meal and snack ideas, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan. [bctt tweet="7 Things You Should Do Before Trying A New Fitness Class"] 4. Dress appropriately. Think about the moves you will be making. Make sure you can achieve the range of motion you need in the clothes you are wearing. "Avoid wearing baggy shorts or loose fitting t-shirts," says Tran, as they can get caught on any equipment you might be using. If you don't know what you'll be using, call the studio the day before you pack and ask what they recommend. inpost 5. Tell the instructor about any pain or injuries. This will allow the instructor to help you improve your workout to benefit you most. "[Instructors] are then able to plan ahead and provide proper substitutions for your specific situation without interrupting you during the class," says Brian Gallagher, co-founder of Throwback Fitness. 6. Have an open mind. Once you arrive, be present. Maybe you don't like the music but don't let that stand in the way. "Be willing to let loose and go with the flow. Every class will have their own unique offering, so allow yourself to follow along and experience what makes each one different," says Gallagher. If you are wasting your brain power on hating pointless things, you won't be able to focus on your movements and form. Take a deep breath (if you can) and enjoy those feel good endorphins! 7. Bring a friend. If you want to guarantee that your workout will be grand, bring someone you know! "A new place will be less intimidating and the experience will be more fun if you go with a workout buddy," says Wilson. If you decide that the class setting isn't for you, we can help with the BodyRock Beginner Bootcamp and the BodyRock Intermediate Bootcamp. Both programs offer 30 days worth of workouts delivered to your inbox each day, for free. It is like having a personal trainer, in your living room, at no cost. The programs also include informative and motivating “coffee talks” with the trainers and detailed meal plans for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans! Isn’t it time you let Edith and Lisa be your workout buddies? Even if you love your fitness class, these bootcamps can be a perfect supplement! Lasting between 10-12 minutes, these workouts will increase your activity level without decreasing your spare time!  Sign up for the Beginner Bootcamp here and the Intermediate Bootcamp here. What would you add to a pre-class 'to do' list? Source: Shape

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