Whether you are looking to join a fitness center, or you already have a membership, you are most likely aware that most gyms offer a long list of fitness classes. From yoga and pilates to tightening and toning classes and even cycling and swimming classes, there is something for everyone. The choices may be overwhelming, and you may be unsure of where to start when trying to pick the right exercise classes for you. The following tips will help you choose the classes that will meet your individual exercise needs and help you attain your fitness goals.
Determine Your Personal Goals
Before you choose a fitness class, you have to determine what your personal fitness goals are. Do you want to burn fat, loosen up your muscles and become more limber or tone and tighten your body? If you don't have a goal in mind, it's fairly pointless to choose classes. Once you determine your goals, you can choose classes that will help you reach these goals. Your gym or fitness center should have a trainer or coach on staff that can help you determine your goals and decide what you want to accomplish. They may also be able to help you determine the appropriate path to reach your goals.
Speak to the Instructor
If you are unsure whether a class is right for your needs, speak to the instructor. Most instructors are happy to explain what their class is about and how it can help you. The instructor will also let you know the difficulty level of the class so you can determine if you have advanced past the class, or if you are at a lower level than the rest of the class. If the instructor is reticent to talk to you about the details of the class, you likely don't want to take their class anyway. You should choose instructors that are supportive and have the heart of a teacher to help you learn about your body and how to be as healthy as you can.
Consult Your Doctor
You have probably heard this before, but it can't be said enough. Before you start any exercise program or enroll in any class, you should consult your physician. Your doctor will assess your health, determine if you should have any restrictions placed on your activities, and let you know if you should skip any types of activity. Your physician may also suggest some potential exercise classes that will help you meet your goals while respecting your body's abilities and limitations.