Today I’m sharing my favorite group fitness classes. It can be intimidating walking into a brand new class or studio, so I’m going to hopefully take the guess work out of which class you should try.
Picking a new group fitness class to try can be intimidating. Most gyms offer a large variety to try. It seems like a new studio is popping up every month here in Calgary offering Pilates, spin, or barre classes. It can be tough knowing which class to sign up for. Walking into a studio you’ve never been to before can be a bit scary. Today I’m sharing my favorite group fitness classes. Although classes will be a bit different depending on where you take them, I think most of them will be pretty similar.
Barre // When I walked into my very first barre class I was expecting it to be relatively easy. I was sorely mistaken (literally). Although the movements might not be very big, you do a ton of reps. All the exercises are done with either very light weights (2 or 5 lbs) or bodyweight.
Body Pump // While I went to my first class last week (read about my experience here), it’s quickly become a favorite. If you’ve never been to a class before, arrive a few minutes early and ask your instructor what you need to get started. It’s typically a mat, step, barbell, and a couple different sized plates. Although it’s a strength training class, you’re using less weight than you typically would outside of the gym. Because you’re using less weight, that means that you’ll be doing more reps. Between the high energy music and mixing up exercises, classes go by really quick, and 60 minutes feels more like 20.
Yoga // While there’s a huge variety in the different yoga classes you can take, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a class that I didn’t enjoy. If you’re new to yoga ask friends for recommendations to pop into your local yoga studio to ask what they would suggest for your first few classes. One thing that I absolutely love about yoga is that there’s always a modification. Let your instructor know before class about any issues or injuries and they’ll be able to help with modifications to make sure you get the most out of class without causing anymore problems.
Zumba // If you’re a music lover and like to dance, be sure to try out a Zumba class. Before my first class I thought that all the music was going to be Latin inspired. While there are definitely classes like that, there’s a lot more variety than I was expecting. Another thing that I expected was that everyone in the class would be an amazing dancer. That was definitely not the case. Most participants were your average person and every once in awhile went left when you were supposed to go right, started with the wrong foot, or used the wrong arm. All the classes I’ve been to have been very relaxed and the instructors have always made fun the biggest priority over getting every single move perfect.
What’s your favorite group fitness class to go to?