Group exercise classes are a great way to make fitness fun, while having the social aspect and accountability to make your training enjoyable.
However, not every class is right for every person. Here we will explore how to choose the right class for you, to ensure you meet your fitness goals.
Is it relevant to my goal?
While enjoying your exercise is important, you are also looking to achieve something. You need to make sure the class you choose matches up with your goals. For example, if you want to get stronger, a cardio based class is probably not the right fit for you.
Is it the right difficulty for me?
The nature of group exercise means there’s lots of people at different levels of ability and fitness all doing the same thing. It’s important to seek out the group that is the right difficulty for the level you are at. If it’s too hard, you run the risk of not being able to keep up and possibly getting injured. Equally, if you are in a class that is too easy you will not see the results that you are hoping for.
Will I enjoy this class?
Nobody wants to do a workout they hate! Choose something you are going to enjoy, maybe try something new or go back to something you know you liked when you were younger. If you enjoy yourself you are much more likely to continue and be consistent, which is ultimately the key to success.
Does it have the progression I need?
One of the downsides of many group exercise classes is that they are always the same. If there is no progression built in, your body will quickly adapt to the workout and you will stop seeing positive results. Classes that use resistance (weights, spin) or that have different levels (pilates, yoga) have a natural built in progression, which makes them a superior choice.