You have joined a gym and decided that you would like to try group fitness classes, but you have no idea what to expect. Having looked at the group fitness schedule, you’ve chosen a class that seems right for you. You show up, and you see a very fit person at the front of the room, decked out with a microphone, ready to go. Now what should you expect?
Group fitness classes are offered at gyms, fitness centers, wellness centers, yoga and Pilates studios, and all ranges of locations. These classes are for a specified period of time, and are led by an instructor who demonstrates the proper way to do various exercises. Many people enjoy the energy of a group class because they find it to be more stimulating than working out alone. Group fitness classes are also a good way to meet new people who share similar interests.
Group fitness should be led by a highly qualified instructor
Group Fitness programs should give you a complete workout that is both fun and invigorating. Classes tend to combine cardiovascular training with strength training and stretching. The activity offered in a group fitness class should accommodate every fitness and experience level, from the beginner to the seasoned participant.
Group fitness classes should be led by qualified individuals, and clients should have high expectations for their group leaders. Keri Cawthorne owner of Iron Mountain Movement lists 10 things students should expect from their group fitness leaders:
10 group fitness expectations:
- A fitness leader should be motivating, not intimidating.
- A fitness leader should arrive 10-15 minutes before class starts to greet, to answer questions and to assist with any set-up. The instructor should also be the last person to leave the class when it is over.
- A fitness leader should start the class on time and finish on time.
- A fitness leader should be dressed appropriately for the class.
- A fitness leader should introduce themselves and let participants know what to expect from the class.
- A fitness leader should be able to provide modifications for any exercise.
- A fitness leader should smile and make eye contact with the class.
- A fitness leader should be certified and be able to provide an educational portion of the class (ie: proper alignment while doing muscle conditioning, stretching, cooling down etc).
- A fitness leader should not be afraid to move around the class.
- A fitness leader should provide a safe and effective class (ie. a clean and uncluttered space, music at a healthy volume).
After a great group fitness class you should be out of breath, in a little better health and thinking about getting ready to return for your next workout. Inevitably, you are responsible for your health and fitness safety, so be sure to choose instructors that provide you with a safe and effective workout. The qualities of your new found fitness instructor should include ALL of 10 qualities listed above. Life is too short not to have a bit of fun with a great workout!
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