It’s a new year and many people contemplate making positive changes in their lives. Exercising more is always top of the list. Group fitness classes can be a great way to get you started feeling better and getting you in phenomenal shape. Benefits of group exercise include accountability from others, social networking, motivation to push yourself harder than you would if you were working out on your own, and many more. Despite all the multiple benefits, we in the fitness industry, hear a lot of excuses about why some people have such a hard time getting started in group fitness. In the following newsletter, we will examine some of those excuses and give you some suggestions for getting started into your first group fitness class. We also have attached a fitness band workout that anyone can do:

1. You don’t have to try to get in shape before you start a group fitness class.

One of the common excuses we get for not starting one of our fitness classes immediately after expressing interest is the idea that participants have to be in perfect shape before starting our fitness classes. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Your fitness class should be used as a tool to help you reach your individual goals. Choose a training center and group class that has fitness professionals that are able to scale the workouts to your ability. If you attend regularly and have the patience to learn the exercises correctly, you most definitely will get in better shape.

2. You have nothing to prove.

Another popular excuse we get from people is the thought that everyone in this class is already in good shape and you are not at the moment. Sometimes you just have to leave your ego at the door to truly reach your true potential. What you don’t see when you first come to a fitness class is that the people you perceive as being super fit were just like you at some point. The difference could be that those, now fit individuals didn’t run away from the challenge, but stayed tough through the hard times of getting in shape and continue to show up to maintain their results. These types of people realize that they have nothing to prove to anyone else. This takes humility and a lot of inner strength. If you can get over that hurdle, the physical part becomes easy.

3. Start slow and focus on learning the technique

Another excuse that people give for not starting a group exercise class is that they are afraid that they will get nauseous or injured during group exercise classes. When beginning a group class, technique is everything. If you are worried about outperforming or keeping up with others around you, then you very well might get injured. We have also witnessed people just going too hard, too fast before they understand how a particular exercise program is going to affect them. Also, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask the instructor questions if you don’t understand how to do the exercise. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it and ask the instructor to give you some sort of modification. The instructors are solely there for you, so use them.

4. Have fun!

If your group fitness class is not somewhat fun and you dread going, then you need to find yourself another fitness class. We are extremely fortunate these days to have such a wide variety of fitness training available. If you are a more competitive person then you may enjoy CrossFit or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. If you are on the total other end of the spectrum, you may attend some type of yoga or Barre classes. Something in the middle might be fitness kickboxing or fitness boot camp classes. Whatever type of class you choose, you should leave feeling better then when you arrived; not broken down, beat up, or stressed out.

MADE Fitness & Training Center offers a free month of unlimited classes to any LMPD employee that comes in and does a free fitness assessment with us. After the free month of classes, we then extend a 25% discount for any fitness classes or other services to LMPD employees. We offer Kettlebell Hybrid Training classes, Fitness Kickboxing, Youth and Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, self-defense workshops and personal training. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about getting started with our fitness programs. Call 502-544-6336 to get started!