2. Making friends – I once read a study that said most people who end up sticking with group fitness say health reasons are why they began the classes, but later on say that it's the social aspects that make them stay.
3. of course the physical/health benefits:
- Decreased body fat/increase lean mass
Barriers to joining group fitness:
- This one is probably the hardest to get over. My best advice? Bring a friend! If you don't know of someone who'd be interested, try getting to class on the early side and introduce yourself to the person next to you. Group fitness participants are usually very friendly! We were all new at one time.
- RELAX! No one expects you to be perfect, you wouldn't expect it of your best friend learning a new skill, so why should you put that pressure on yourself? I make sure to tell my classes that my goal for them is to keep moving, especially if it's a class that requires more co-ordination (like Zumba!) I honestly mean this. Any new activity takes time to learn, and exercise isn't an exception
- Think about what you'll be doing in class. You're going to be concentrating pretty hard on what you're doing, right? So is everyone else!
- Put yourself in the front row. It sounds crazy, I know. BUT if you're in the front & can't see anyone else, you tend to forget that they're there! AND if you're in the front, you have a clear view of the instructor, so chances are you're going to be more successful because you can clearly see what's going on.
Finding a class