If you have been to the gym recently, you will no doubt have been amazed by the diverse range of fitness classes available. From Pilates and yoga classes that are designed to strengthen your core and posture to cardiovascular activities such as spin, there are a huge range of options to help you sculpt your perfect body.
While this has created huge diversity in the fitness market, it also creates two challenges for enthusiasts. Firstly, there is a pressing need to select a class that is tailored to your specific goals, whether you are keen to lose weight, build muscle or strengthen your core.
Secondary to this there is a wider concern that fitness classes may not be suited to your circumstances or particular way of learning, as while each may have alternate goals their format remains largely unchanged.
Are Fitness classes right for you?
3 Key considerations
So before you commit to a number of fitness classes in a desperate and uncoordinated bid to achieve your fitness goals, here are three considerations that will help you to ensure that you are making the right choice :-
1. Can you easily attend day-time or evening classes?
Whether you invest in an annual gym membership or pay for individuals classes, these fitness tutorials cost money and can consume a great deal of your time. So before you make a commitment, it is worth scouting gym locations in your local area to determine whether there is a viable outlet for you to attend daytime or evening classes.
There are two main reasons for this, aside from the risk that you will lose money if you pay for classes that you cannot attend. The first is that you may be tempted to juggle your schedule, creating additional stress that may impact on others. Additionally, missing a number of classes due to schedule clashes can have a detrimental impact on your fitness; especially of you are unable to determine any consistency.
2. Do you have a basic level of fitness?
Now this may seem like a strange question, as a high percentage of those attending a gym may be looking to lose weight or improve their fitness. The time-restrictive and often frenetic nature of gym classes means that they provide an intense physical work-out, however, so there is a pressing need to have at least some level of existing fitness if you are to feel some benefit over time.
If you are starting from scratch, suffer with a physical impairment or have an excess amount of weight to lose, you may benefit from one-on-one interaction with a certified fitness professional. You may even find it preferable to undertake solo exercises such as jogging or cycling prior to joining a class, as they will hone your fitness levels and build crucial stamina.
3. What is your preferred method of learning?
We have already touched on how fitness classes tend to follow a similar format, as they are group activities led by a single physical trainer. Attendees are required to follow the trainer’s movements and listen intently to their instructions, and this requires coordination, balance and an ability to learn well through visual and verbal instructions.
This does not suit everyone, however, particularly those with a dominant personal who prefer to lead rather than follow. Rigid and trainer-led classes may not be suitable for these individuals, who may prefer one-on-one interaction or choose to adopt an independent approach to learning and exercising.
Introverts may also struggle to learn in group environments, particularly in a public setting. For this demographic, hiring a personal trainer or accessing real-time fitness videos online may prove more beneficial.
So what are your views on fitness classes? We would love to hear your thoughts, so please share them with us below!
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