New Gym Classes and Tips

It’s finally Friday eve!! I am so ready for this weekend!

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I just feel like this week is dragging by. A couple of weeks ago I had a sinus infection and went to the doctor. I thought the antibiotics had kicked it to the curb but I got sick again and finally went back to the doctor. She didn’t think my sinus infection went away and I had bronchitis so that’s fun! (eye roll emoji haha) I am feeling way better and I am hoping I don’t get sick again this winter. I am doubling up on all my oils and Emergen-C packs!

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Lately my gym has started offering some new classes and I have also been trying out classes I haven’t done before. I thought I would tell you a little bit about them because I have been really enjoying them and I know one of the hardest parts about trying a new class is that you’re nervous you won’t know what you are doing. At the end of the post I also included some tips for any class you may want to try!

Spin/Cycle Class (Indoor Cycling)

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This class used to stress me out because it can be intimidating to set up the bike. I started going to spin classes a couple of months back and I love it. The bikes allow for adjustments to the seat, handle bars and even the pedals. The first time I went, I got there about 10-15 minutes early and asked a woman next to me how I should adjust the bike and she was more than willing to help. If you don’t know how to set the bike, definitely ask the teach or someone in the class. Adjusting the bike to fit you can make all the difference! Once you have the bike figured out, it is a great class for all levels. Some days you can push harder than others, and spin allows for you to do what feels best for you. You adjust the speed and resistance yourself…plus the music is always loud and it helps me tune out everything else!

Barre Class (Pilates, Ballet and Functional training)

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I just started going to this class 3 weeks ago because they added in a new time in the morning and I am OBSESSED! This class is super hard for me but I love it. It involves a lot of leg, butt, and core work all while working on your balance. You complete exercises with very small movements or pulses but you do them until exhaustion. Everything is sore the next day even though we use minimal weight! There are lots of plie squats, glute lifts, and Pilates core work. If you have the chance to try one of these classes, definitely do it!

Hot Vinyasa Yoga (Yoga in 90-105 Degrees)

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I love hot yoga!! It is one of my favorite work outs. Unfortunately I don’t get to do it as often as I would like because of my schedule. I always try to fit it in when possible though! I think you do need to have a foundation of working out. It can be intense depending on the teacher and the heat can make it seem even tougher. I would take some regular yoga classes before trying hot yoga. Also try not to eat heavy before the class and you have to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Obviously you sweat a ton and if you’re not hydrated you can get light-headed or dizzy. It is a hard workout but you feel awesome after it and I always notice a difference in my body when I go to it consistently.

Dance Jam/Zumba/Hip Hop Cardio (Dance Cardio)

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My gym offers both dance jam and Zumba and both of these classes are a dance cardio class. At my gym, Zumba has a more latin flair and dance jam is more hip hop music, which is the class I go to every week. Both classes are choreographed dance cardio and burn some serious calories. I know these type of classes can scare off people who think they can’t dance but that is not a reason to not go to these classes. I have gone to all types of these classes over the years and while there are always people who know every move and line up front row in class, that is not how everyone is there. I am uncoordinated and clumsy and I go all the time! Even so, I love loud fun music and if I can burn off some wine calories by dancing around for an hour, I will take it. Give yourself 3 classes before you give up on it because most instructors use the same dances several classes in a row before switching them out so you can start to learn moves.

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Here are some tips for trying out any new work out or class!

  1. Research-Look up the class description on your gym’s website or do a Google search to get a better understanding of the class you are going to try.
  2. Arrive early-This is the most important tip! Show up early and either talk to others in the class or if that makes you uncomfortable, just observe what others are doing and what equipment they are setting out.
  3. Introduce yourself to the instructor- I have never had a class instructor not be excited to have a new person in class. Most of the time they ask if anyone is new.
  4. Invite a friend- It is always easier to try something new when you have a friend with you!

And for the class masters…Say hi! If you are class regular and you can tell someone is new say hi! It’s always nice to make everyone feel included and to help ease them into a class 🙂

Questions of the day:

Do you workout out at a gym or at home?

What’s your favorite gym class or workout DVD?

February 16, 2017
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