9 Ways to Feel More Comfortable in Your First Group Class

Reviewed by: Tim Pittorino, BHSC

Group exercise is an amazing way to integrate many different types of activity into your training routine. Yet for some, plucking up the courage to attend a group class can be quite overwhelming.

It’s helpful to keep in mind that we all started somewhere and even the instructors have that fear before taking a class in the beginning.. true!

Don’t miss out on superb fitness opportunities due to nervousness. Check out these pointers to build up your confidence!

  1. Research

Check out what type of classes your gym provides and see what resonates with you. Don’t limit yourself to just one, mix it up.

  1. Take a Buddy

Why not ask a friend to join you and have some light hearted fun. A healthy dose of camaraderie, then a quick green juice to celebrate afterwards can be a really nice way to introduce a new class.

  1. Gym Etiquette

If you are totally new to the gym environment, it can soften the nerves being savvy to what the gym’s basic polite expectations are.

In many cases, these are the same across all health and fitness centres and you can find stacks of information at your gym, online or of course, through 12WBT blogs.

  1. Comfortable Clothing

There are no rules when it comes to what attire you choose to wear and to be honest, the majority of people opt for something breathable, light and super comfortable.

You are going to get sweaty, so just feel content that you have room to move freely and keep your clothing simple.

  1. Sensible Shoes

While an all round functional pair of shoes will be suitable for most classes. If you are going to participate in a high intensity class that involves; jumping, running or something a little different, consider what type of shoes you are going to feel best in.

Wearing very light weight ballet pumps is not a great choice for a Bootcamp or HIIT circuit for example.

  1. Be Early

Nothing sets you up for a new appointment than the feeling of being organised. So arriving to your first class early can keep you relaxed and offer you plenty of time to set up ahead of the exercise.

  1. Introduce Yourself

Say ‘hi’ to the instructor and let them know that it’s your first time there. They can guide you if you have had an injury and might even suggest that you stand/sit in a certain area to be close to someone helpful.

  1. Go Light

If you’re not sure about where you’re starting point is with what weights to lift, keep it simple and go with something manageable while you find your feet with proper technique.

  1. Mingle in the Middle

Try to place yourself in the middle of the room. From here, you’ll not only have a clear view of the instructor but the added benefit of a peripheral view. Here, you can see other people who you can learn from with your technique.


Also read: 5 Things You Must Do Pre and Post Workout

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