This is the perfect time of year to try a new class. The weather sucks, you need to be active, and there are great deals out there! I’ve been teaching classes for over 20 years. It’s such a fun way to fit in fitness!
Where to Look:
- Take a Free Class at Your Closest Gym – More likely than not, you can try one class for free at your local gym (even I give out one free group training session at my gym – whether your a member or not). It’s a great way to see if the gym/class is a good fit for you. Remember, you are more likely to stick with it if it’s close and convenient.
- ClassPass – With ClassPass, you pay a monthly membership to try classes at participating gyms, not only in the greater Seattle area, but throughout the US. There are literally hundreds of classes to choose from daily. See my review here. There is actually a wait list to join right now, BUT you lucky readers get to skip the wait list using this link here courtesy of ClassPass.
- Groupon – Groupon always has great deals on gyms and classes. Seattleites, there’s yoga, pole dancing fitness, kettlebell classes, and salsa on there now.
- Amazon Local – just like groupon, great local deals. Seattle peeps, there is a Pilates reformer group training deal on there now worth looking into.
- LivingSocial – I’ve never used it, but it’s just like the last two above.
What to Do:
- Pick a class! Pick one that’s appropriate for your fitness level. Just because you use to be an athlete back in the day doesn’t mean you should take that advanced level HiiT class – even though you read it burns the most calories.
- Arrive Early. Make sure you get to class 10-15 minutes early. This way you get a spot you want (that’s not front and center – unless that’s your thing).
- Communicate. Feel free to talk to the instructor before or after class, let them know you are new and trying it out, as long as it’s not one minute before class begins. Any great instructor will help you with class set-up and answer any questions you might have.
- Listen for Instructor Cues: A good instructor will always show modifications and ways to make exercises harder. On that note, if it’s a weight class and you haven’t lifted for a long time, start with lighter weight – or even no weight. Your body weight will be enough on some exercises. If it’s yoga, start with a smaller range of motion and don’t be afraid to use props.
- Bring a water bottle – no matter what class it is.
- Have Fun! More than likely, you aren’t going to master your first class, so don’t beat yourself up. Have fun with it. You may even meet some fun, like-minded people as a bonus!
Also read my other New Year’s Resolutions posts: