If you have never been to a group exercise class before, below is some information you might find helpful before you go.
What to wear
The days of Lycra and legwarmers are long gone so you can relax! Here are a few tips on what to wear:
Additional things you may need
Before going in to a group exercise class
If you are attending a class for the first time and are feeling nervous or anxious, get in contact with the instructor and discuss how you feel. If you are attending a class in the community, call the instructor and arrange to meet before the class so you can ask questions and make them aware that it is your first time. If you are attending a class at a gym or leisure centre, contact reception and ask them to arrange a time for you to meet with the instructor in advance. Instructors are there to support you and will be happy to put your mind at ease and talk you through their class, so you know what to expect.
It is especially important to speak to the instructor prior to attending the class if you have any medical conditions or previous injuries they need to be aware of. You should seek advice from your doctor before undertaking and form of exercise if you are in any doubt about your health.
Before embarking on a new fitness regime, always consult your doctor.
Always inform your instructor of any medical conditions or changes to your health before taking part in any class.
If you feel unwell, stop immediately and tell your instructor.
The exercise class
A group exercise class will typically be between 40-60 minutes depending on the type and style of class you attend.
There will be a series of gentle exercises at the start and end of the class to help warm up and relax your muscles. This helps to prevent injury. Your instructor will tell you when the main section of the class begins and ends and will give you prompts so you can follow the moves or steps and give guidance on posture or technique to be used.
Throughout the class, work to your own abilities. If at any stage you are struggling to keep up, don’t be afraid to take a breather. The instructor will encourage you to have a drink and join in again when you are ready. Remember, an exercise class is not meant to be easy, but it should be fun so go at your own pace and enjoy the experience.
Once you’ve finished the class, take a moment to catch your breath, have a drink and congratulate yourself. Hopefully you’ve had a positive and enjoyable experience that you will want to repeat but if not, be sure to speak to the instructor immediately afterwards. If you didn’t enjoy the class, you should be honest about your experience so the instructor can advise you on another type of class that might be more suitable or address the issues you have so you can enjoy it the next time.
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