Health & Fitness


on November 2, 2014

Coming to exercises classes with your friends can be a huge amount of fun. However only if they really want to be there of their own accord.  As comforting as it may be to recruit some moral support from your sister, best friend, work colleague here are some things to consider.

  • What motivated you to come to class and does your companion have a similar level of motivation?
  • What will you do if half way through the class your reluctant friend decides they hate exercise, they can’t do it or they are totally exhausted and want to leave?
  • Will you be able focus and enjoy your own workout if your companion is chatting, giggling or carrying on with you in an attempt to distract themselves?
  • Will you be able to return next week on your own or will you start the stressful process of finding another unenthusiastic guest?

We know as fitness instructors that new participants to group fitness can find it a scary place. We know you are thinking a whole variety of things eg. I’ve not exercised since school, this is going to kill me, they will all be super fit, tanned, six foot lovelies and I’ll feel like a total donkey. Yes I was a newbie once (no co-ordination whatsoever). Here are some tips to help you

  • Be brave. You don’t have to be great to start with, but you DO have to start to be great
  • Come and introduce yourselves (instructors love this)
  • Maybe do 10/15 minutes of the class, leave and when you come back the next week, do 15/20 minutes. Just keep repeating this till you can do a whole class.
  • Take all the low intensity options and concentrate on your technique for the first few sessions.
  • Be kind to yourself. The most important thing is you’ve started to make an amazing change in your life.
  • If it burns, tingles or makes you puff its working and your body is changing
  • Chances are every single person (except for the instructor) in the class has no idea what your doing or not doing.
  • Everyone in the class has stood in your place to begin with, made mistakes and probably felt a bit daft.

As instructors we are there to keep you safe, to help you achieve your goals and to encourage you to keep going even when you think you can’t. The only time we talk down to people is when we’re picking them up. Come to us before, after class, ask any ‘daft’ questions (they never are) images-50


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