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6 Things to Do Before Trying New Fitness Classes

20 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

6 Things to Do Before Trying New Fitness Classes

Whether it’s your first time cycling, running, boxing, or lifting at a Cross fit class, we’ve got a few universal truths you need to know before you go.

Ask about the studio’s surfaces

Find out what kind of surface you’ll be working out on, so you know what shoes to wear. It may not be as obvious as a cycling class, and wearing the right pair can aid in performance and prevent injury. If it’s an Olympic lifting class you want to have flat shoes, if [the ground is] turf where you’re sprinting and pushing sleds, you’ll want turf shoes or cross trainers.

Be mindful about class time

Not only for punctuality’s sake, but for the crowd you’ll be sweating with. Participants in a 6 a.m. class tend to be very serious about their workouts. Midday is usually a good to time to try a new workout for the first time.

Hydrate and eat light

Seriously, this is not something you want to mess with. You never know how your body is going to react to a particular exercise or temperate, says Jason Tran, instructor at Swerve Fitness. When taking a cycling class, you’re bound to sweat and burn hundreds of calories! Therefore, it’s extremely important to hydrate before and during class. I also recommend avoiding a heavy meal right before. If you eat too much before your workout, your body will want to devote its energy to digesting instead of performing to the demands of the workout.

Tell the instructor about any pain or injuries

Not just so everyone in class knows you’re a gimp, but so the instructors can help you improve your workout and maximize benefit. Instructors are then able to plan ahead and provide proper substitutions for your specific situation without interrupting you during the class.

 Have an open mind

Once when you’re there, be present. A studio’s moves or music may not be what you’re used to, but don’t try to hold your expectations against it. Be willing to let loose and go with the flow.

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