do you get bored easily? Check out these classes. Do you get anxious when you don’t know what to do or fall behind?…this class might be better later in your exercise adventure.
High Impact-vs-Low impact
Know your body, if you have any pre-existing injuries or are prone to injury, high impact can be a challenge if you don’t know what you are doing.
HIIT (High Impact Interval Training) See above, but add fast paced to the mix.
Do you like working with a group? Meeting new people? Or do you want to work on your own thing? Group classes can build a sense of camaraderie among the students and can help you feel a sense of support and accountability that will reduce your absenteeism.
Students are all doing different exercises at the same time in a predetermined order. Expect the teacher to circulate through the room and give individualized pointers. This can be fun for new and experienced students as you get many different types of exercise for short periods. It can be difficult if you forget what you are supposed to do, or if you do not enjoy organized chaos.
This is not the calisthenics you did in elementary school PE. If you hated that, check out a class with this descriptor.
Injury Prevention and health promotion
Classes will be well structured and teachers should be trained to give alternative exercises for a multitude of physical concerns. Often there will be an informational portion that discusses specific health concerns.
This does not mean easy! Classes will have many alternative exercise options, and often discussions on fall prevention and health concerns. This might be a modifier to another option at the same gym but at a slower pace with different music.
These classes usually work in a progression but allow drop-ins for all level and beginners. If you are motivated by ever expanding skills vocabulary this is for you. Sometimes these classes involve testing and or performance (not everyone’s cup of tea).
Basic exercises to develop strength and stamina for a skills based progressive class
Dance style fitness
Do you love going out dancing but hate the gym? Here is the workout for you
Do you like dancing and want to do it in the air? Ever wanted to fly? All levels and many different styles, these classes build coordination, core, and upper body strength in a non-traditional and playful atmosphere.
There are many trademarked stationary bike style classes each with their own philosophy. Usually playlists curated by either teachers or companies, fast paced but low impact, students have the opportunity to work at their own individual need but within a supportive group dynamic.
There are many styles of yoga each with their own descriptors, but always involves aspects of mindfulness, relaxation, and some mobility work.
Which ones sound good to you? Pick a few and go out on a limb. Many gyms and studios have drop in rates so you can check out classes and teachers to figure out what works for you.
Sometimes a class sounds fun on paper, but you and the teacher or the class content just don’t click. If you are looking for something different ask the teacher or front desk person to point you in the right direction. Most teachers want the best for students and they will probably know about the other available classes and teachers in their gym. If you feel like the teacher is only interested in getting you in class and does not care about your health, safety and enjoyment of the class than you are not in the right place. I have often pointed a student towards a class with a different style knowing that the other teachers will do the same for me.
Sometimes your choice will also involve going with a friend, class prices, and class times. Above all, be adventurous and have fun. Getting fit doesn’t have to be punishment. Your workout may turn out to be the most fun you have all day.