When it comes to finding a new fitness class, you won’t be limited by the number of options available to you. However, you may feel slightly intimidated by all of the different choices on offer, especially if you’re new to the fitness class world. From energetic dance classes to ones that focus on your core strength, it can be difficult to know which fitness class will be right for you and your body.
To help make your decision easier when you’re finding a fitness club, here are some of the key lessons available and who they’re suited to:
Spinning Classes for Those Who Want to Do More Cardio
Spinning has risen in popularity over the years, and you’ll have no doubt heard the horror stories of people being pushed to their limits in these types of classes. However, spinning is great if you do need the motivation to push yourself and you want to do more cardio-based exercises.
In a spinning class, you’ll be allocated a bike and you’ll be able to adjust the handlebars and seat accordingly. The fitness instructor will be able to help you get the right height if you aren’t sure, and you should always ask for their help if you have a history of back injury or pain. Try not to sit too upright or too far forward.
The intensity of your spin class can be adjusted in two different ways. Firstly, you’ll be shown how to carry out various positions that increase or decrease the difficulty and intensity, including standing upright, a standing climb, a seated climb and remaining flat seated. Secondly, you can pedal at different speeds, varying from 60 revolutions per minute (which is often quite comfortable) to 90 revolutions per minute (which is less comfortable). The instructor will recommend which range is best for you to start with, but always be aware that you can tailor your spinning session to suit your individual fitness level.
Spinning focuses on your core and leg muscles, and if you do find your shoulders or arms aching – you’re gripping the handlebars too tight! To make sure you’re getting the most out of your workout, focus on how much resistance you’ve got when you’re cycling rather than how fast you’re cycling. With each leg rotation, you should feel as though you’re pushing yourself.
Strength Classes for Those Who Want to Tone and Shape Their Bodies
Classes that focus on strength and conditioning will often be weight based, with different exercises targeting different groups of muscles. When you’re new to weightlifting, you should try and master a few of these movements to start with before moving onto others, as it’s crucial you’re carrying out the techniques correctly. Over time, you’ll gradually start to build up your endurance.
If you’re attending one of these classes for the first time, you should arrive early so you can talk to the instructor before the class starts. They’ll be able to help you find the right weights and will also help you set up your bricks and bench. And it’s a good idea to be at the front of the class so your instructor can keep an eye on your form because poor form could result in serious injuries. If you do find you’re struggling with your form, you may need to reduce the weights you’re using.
Zumba Classes for Those Who Love to Dance
This dance class is inspired by Latino dances and incorporates a range of dancing styles, from salsa to hip-hop. You’ll find classes can vary as some instructors will have the same types of dances each week while others will teach you new moves on a regular basis. Therefore, if you’re not good at remembering sequences, you’ll be better in a class that remains the same week after week, but if you like a challenge, you may prefer an instructor who changes things each week.
Zumba is perfect if you’re not a fan of exercising but you love to dance, and is ideal for taking friends along with you too. And, even if you find a dance move looks complicated, give it your best shot, keep jigging and, most importantly of all, enjoy yourself!
Whatever class you choose, it’s important to do stretches before and after, and keep yourself well hydrated throughout. All three of these classes will see you sweating a lot too, so it’s a good idea to pack a towel and change of clothes to take with you.