Sometimes the hardest part of going to the gym is building up the nerve to show up. For so many people, going to the gym feels intimidating and even a little scary. In the case of people who are very new to working out, they feel strongly that more seasoned gym veterans will judge them harshly. New gym goers do not want to feel embarrassed, so sometimes they avoid the gym at all costs, especially anything that would require them to create their own routine or workout alone.
In fact, studies suggest that new gym goers find the weight room to be the most intimidating part of the gym because they think the majority of people working out in there know what they are doing.
For those people, individual workouts may not be the best place to start. Instead, they should consider group fitness classes, which provide instruction from a teach and moral support from other students. For first timers, there are a few types of group fitness classes that are especially fun.
- Kickboxing classes- Few workouts are as high energy and calorie burning as kickboxing classes. Kickboxing not only has the ability to make participants feel strong and empowered, but also provides both muscle toning and cardiovascular fitness properties. Those new to kickboxing should be aware, however, that joints and muscles will be extremely sore the next day.
- Yoga classes- For those looking for all over body toning and strengthening as well as a way to create a powerful mind and body connection, yoga is the perfect choice. Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to be flexible to do yoga. In all actuality, yoga is great for increasing flexibility naturally and participants are often surprised by how much their flexibility improves over the course of time.
- Barre classes- No dancing ability is needed to join a barre class, even though it takes inspiration from the muscle-lengthening workouts of ballet dancers. In these classes, half of the work will be done at the barre and consists of tiny, micro movements in the muscles such as pulses, calf raises and other squat and lunge variations. The other half of class will focus on light weights and high reps to target tiny muscle groups. Almost all classes always end with a very targeted and effective abdominal circuit.
- Boot camp classes- For those who truly appreciate structure, boot camp classes are both challenging and fun. Combining old school workout movements taken from basic training workouts in the military, boot camps have their participants doing jumping jacks, push ups, rope pulls, pull ups, sit ups, planks, sprints and more to tone their bodies and get their hearts pumping. This can also be a great option for those who like the great outdoors because boot camp classes are often held outside when weather allows it.
There are many ways that even those new to working out can get involved in a gym. One of the best ways to do so is by trying out a bunch of different group classes and taking note of which ones are the most fun and empowering. When people find workouts and classes they love, they are more likely to continue their fitness journey.