Group exercise classes can be a blast! As a group instructor, I feel it’s important that my class members have fun, because it typically results in them sticking to a regular fitness routine.
But there are some other important aspects to look for in a group exercise class so that you see improvements in your overall fitness and physical appearance and avoid wasting time and money. Let’s go over a few of the factors to look for in a group exercise class:
3 Factors to Look for in a Group Exercise Class
- Instructor vs. member ratio: I’ve been in large classes where it’s easy to go completely unnoticed the entire time by the instructor. While some people love the energy of a big class, it’s important to have the attention of the instructor a few times in the hour. If you’re experienced and have good body awareness, this is less necessary. But there’s a possibility you could be performing the exercise incorrectly and setting yourself up for a major injury.
- Progression: Does your group exercise class repeat the same routine over and over? Or are you being challenged to pick up the intensity and learning new moves on a regular basis? If you aren’t being progressed, how it is truly benefitting you in the long run? Sure you might be staying active, but you’re probably going to hit a fitness plateau and fail to see improvements if you’re repeating the same workouts each week.
- Warm-up and cooldown: Does your group exercise class include a warm-up and cool-down? I’m guilty of wanting to give my classes an entire hour of working out so they leave feeling accomplished. But this doesn’t help my members prepare their bodies or recover adequately. If this is the case but you just can’t leave your beloved class, make sure you come in a few minutes early and stay a bit later to do a proper warm-up and cooldown on your own. You’ll avoid potential injury and enjoy better performance.
Group exercise classes have helped countless participants create lifestyle changes. They get people moving, they’re cost-effective (versus paying for personal training sessions), and they usually offer a positive environment. But make sure you know what to look for in a group exercise class if you want to get the most out of your time and money, as well as experience the changes you have been working hard for. You deserve fun, but you also deserve an effective workout!
Blog Written By: Blaire Rummel