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Fitness Classes are Key

Fitness Classes are Key

Whether you have been working out consistently for many years or want to start a new physical exercise routine, fitness classes are a great way to mix up your routine or get excited about starting some new habits.

If you have never been in a fitness class and all you have seen is what is featured on movies and television shows – let me dispel some rumors.

First, you will not have a ‘Richard Simmons-like’ instructor who is decked out in bright colored gear making awkward facial expressions. People won’t stare at you if you do a move wrong or talk about you if you are out of shape. You aren’t required to do the entire class at the speed of the instructor – you can go at your own pace and stop when you need. You are allowed to ask questions and alter movements to fit your experience level or fitness level. The classes aren’t filled with professional body builders and models – so, unless you are a professional body builder or model (that’s cool, too) you will be surrounded by people just like you!

With all those out of the way, let’s look at what fitness classes are and why you should seriously consider them.

First, there are many different types of fitness classes. There are dance-style classes such as Zumba and Hip Hop, which do not require you to be a good dancer. These can be very fun and can maybe improve your dance skills, even if just a little. There are also cycling and spin classes that take place on a bicycle, which is mounted into a stand that allow you to pedal in place. Also, there are classes such as yoga, Pilates and Bodypump that use different types of exercise techniques to achieve results in flexibility, strength and quickness.

This is just a small sample of fitness classes offered through gyms or local community centers. There are so many styles of fitness classes to fit a wide range of interests and preferences. Not to mention, if you don’t like a class, you don’t have to attend and can try something else. Maybe you will find two or three classes that you like to attend on a monthly or weekly basis? Additionally, group classes are usually included in your gym fees, which means there is no excuse about an extra charge to participate.

One of the biggest bonuses about fitness classes versus individual workout routines in the team atmosphere and accountability they provide. After a while, you may find that there are a core group of people attending the class daily or weekly, which helps to develop new friendships and people who have similar goals for fitness and wellness as you. They can encourage you to keep working hard for your goals and you can do the same for them.

 

Why else do you think fitness classes are a good option for exercise?

Why Personal Training?

Why Personal Training?

Have you just started working out or have you been working out for a while and feel like you’re in a rut? Do you benefit having someone encourage you and give you a set routine for achieving your goals? Either way – consider personal training.

One of the main benefits of personal training is accountability. If you have set appointments with your trainer throughout the week, you feel more motivation to be there and be on time. You have someone to call you if you don’t come and call you out when you aren’t giving your best. While some people aren’t responsive to this kind of motivation, a personal trainer can go on your journey with you day in and day out and celebrate with your successes and motivate you with positivity during your setbacks.

There is more than just accountability, there are also other benefits according to Deb Aikey’s article “Is it better to use a personal trainer or not?”: “improvement to self-esteem and self-image, consistency, safety, supervision and a feeling of success and a friend in your corner,” are just a few.

In addition, just like you work in a specific field, personal trainers are certified in lifting, cardio and nutrition. They have studied this area immensely and have experience training people of all sizes and physical activity levels. They can listen to your goals and tailor a workout routine and nutrition plan that will help you to reach your goals. They can keep track of your progress and make changes as needed.

Speaking of nutrition: “A personal trainer can also help clients lower their blood pressure and cholesterol with exercise and encouragement when it comes to eating healthier.” Even if you don’t have experience with healthy eating or currently have very unhealthy eating habits, a personal trainer can find ways to ease you into a routine by making small changes a little bit at a time. Don’t worry, they won’t yell at you for eating your favorite treat, unless you ask for it.

Sometimes, a person’s biggest inhibition towards personal training is the cost. “For clients who don’t have the funds or the time for such a commitment, she [Deb Aikey] says that even working with a personal trainer once per week, and doing assigned “homework” on one’s own, can help clients achieve goals.”

 

What are the other benefits you see for using a personal trainer?

 

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