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5 Tips New To Group Fitness


It can be a daunting thing walking into that first group fitness class. We've all been there, nervously walking into our first class. Scanning the room, as we make our way to the very back, hoping to just blend in while we look for the closest exit incase we need a quick getaway. Hopefully, like most, it wasn't as bad as you thought it would be, and ended up having a good time. I love hearing how many start in the back row and gradually move up to the front as they gain confidence, and for some even become an instructor. How cool is that? So I ask you, how was your experience the first time you went to a group fitness class? What made the biggest difference for you?


For me the difference was definitely the instructor. Not only did she welcome me right away, she encouraged me. Not just the first class, but each and every class. I started bringing my friends, and eventually asked about becoming an instructor, which she was more than happy to help me get started. I think back today on what a difference that made in my love group fitness.


If you are new to group fitness, I have some tips to make that first class be as FUN as you imagined it would be.


1. Bring a Friend

Take the edge off of not knowing anyone and ask a friend to go with you. Before you know it, you'll be the one welcoming in the newcomers.


2. Introduce Yourself To The Instructor

Show up a few minutes early and introduce yourself to the instructor. Just knowing the instructor knows your name, can ease anxiety, and help you enjoy the class that much more.


3. Take It Slow

Listen to your body and take it at your own pace. Do not compare yourself to the girl next to you who's been coming for two months or six years. No one knows your body better than you. Everyone is at their own level.


4. Give It Time

Research shows that it takes an average of 65 days to form a new habit. The key is consistency. If you're going to an aerobic class that has choreography in it and you get frustrated because you're feeling a little clumsy, remember your brain is working on it.One day you realize it wasn't as hard as it was last week and your muscle-to-brain connection has kicked in!AIA New Neuro Pathways. Amazing!!!!


5. The Big Picture

We were all beginners once. Remember that most women really want to support you. Tell the girl next you, tell the entire row-"I'm new here". Chances are you're not the only one. Many of my good friends have been born out of group fitness classes. The big picture is building healthy habits for life.


We are all in this together! We promise sweat, smiles, and one hell of a good time. Everyone has a story of why they are there, many dealing with something heavy. To them I say, you have a place here, come stand by me. Welcome to group fitness, where you find the the friends you didn't even know you were missing, but now you've got them for life!


~Tamra



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