Getting comfortable at the gym through group classes

When I first signed up for a gym membership, I felt very uncertain and intimidated.

I wasn’t quite sure how to operate the various machines or properly use the assortment of equipment.

I worried about injury or embarrassing myself. However, I was very determined to lose weight and improve my strength and balance. For me, the perfect solution was group fitness classes. The gym that I joined offers a wide variety of options. They provide group classes at all times of day, seven days per week. I started with a beginner’s yoga class that was really fun and beneficial. I learned how to effectively warm up. While the yoga poses were extremely basic, they were challenging enough for me. I practiced at home and felt very proud when I’d mastered them. This gave me the confidence to enroll in a class that was called boot camp. The instructor was very demanding but also motivational. At the end of every session, I was always red in the face, drenched in sweat and out of breath. I struggled but refused to quit and gradually built greater strength and stamina. I next joined a circuit training class that involved various machines. The class was especially helpful because I learned how to adjust and utilize the treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals and also the strength-training machines. I’ve worked my way through spin classes, HIIT classes, a kick-boxing class and pilates. Because of these training sessions, I now feel totally comfortable at the gym. I’ve made friends with other members and I’m getting a lot more out of my membership.

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