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How to be the New Person in a Group Exercise Class

We have all been there. You grab the month’s schedule and check out the class list and think “Maybe I will try something new this month”. Or you have been taking the same classes for years but remember at one point, you were new too. Being the new person in a group exercise class can be hard for a number of reasons. Oftentimes the class can be made up of “regulars” who know exactly what they are doing and know exactly what equipment will be needed for the class.  It could be a type of exercise you have never done before and aren’t quite sure what to expect. Or you don’t know if you will be physically able to do everything in the class or how your body will feel afterwards (shout out to barre for making me seriously question if I would ever be able to walk again). Here are some ways to make being the new person in a group ex class a more positive experience.

  1. Bring a friend! This way you can have each other when you feel lost in the class or need someone to just simply experience it with. It can make walking into a class a lot less intimidating when you are doing it together.
  2. Arrive early! This one should go without saying but when you are new to a class it is incredibly important to give yourself 15 minutes before class to get acquainted with the way the class will go. Whether that is getting your bike set up for spin or figuring out where to set your mat for barre.
  3. Introduce yourself to the Instructor. Arriving early for the class also gives you time to introduce yourself to the instructor. Let them know it is your first time taking the class and ask if there is anything you should know. This lets them know to keep an eye on you during class to make sure you are doing things correctly and safely.
  4. Have fun! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t do everything perfectly or if you miss a couple of steps. As someone who spent an entire Zumba class going the opposite direction of everyone else, I promise if you have fun with it you will get a better workout out of it and enjoy it more.

Walking into a new class can be intimidating the benefits of trying a new group workout class far outweigh any of the potentially nerve-wracking parts of actually getting there.  If you are thinking of checking out a new class on the schedule, do it. I promise you won’t be sorry you did!