The gym is an exciting and crowded place filled with unfamiliar faces, experiences, and equipment, but if you’re new to a gym, it may seem intimidating. Group fitness classes are a great way to introduce yourself to a new gym, and joining a group can actually be a stress-free way to get in an effective workout.
This past week I decided to try out my first group fitness class at the Campus Recreation Center. I chose a cardio dance class because an upbeat dance workout sounded distracting and fun. Halfway through the semester, I was expecting to walk into a class full of regulars, but it wasn’t like that at all.
A few things you should know if you’re nervous about a group fitness class:
1. You are never going to be the only beginner in a group class. I am not the best dancer, but the music was great and it was an awesome workout. I never once thought about making mistakes or comparing myself to others in the group.
2. The only place people are looking is at the instructor at the front of the room. No one else is looking at your dance moves.
3. Signing up for group fitness is way easier than you may think. I had always thought there were long lines to sign up for a class, so I never thought I would be able to get into one. The majority of the classes allow you to register online or at the kiosk in the front lobby of the gym, so lines are no issue!
4. It’s honestly a great, carefree and fun workout. Kick nerves to the side. Dance to exercise not to look good. Be silly and have fun. If you don’t hit every move, you still get a great workout.