While I originally published this post in October, a week after I started my blog, I wanted to bring it back for those of you who weren’t Sweat and Repeat readers at the time. I understand that my fitness obsession can be daunting to some and if you haven’t worked out or been to a group class in a while, it can be a little intimidating. I’ve put together a list of DOs and DON’Ts that will make you look like a regular at any new studio!
DO tell the front desk if you’re new—they’ll let you know what you need to grab to set up.
DO arrive a bit early to peek around the studio for perks and amenities.
DO check out the studio online to make sure you bring the things you need and wear the proper attire.
DO keep in mind that some people are less experienced than you, but some will always be more experienced than you as well. That is the beauty of group fitness. Focus on yourself and what is best for you.
DO make eye contact with classmates during torturous moves to ensure that you are all equally miserable.
DO ask the instructor any questions you have after class—hitting all the moves correctly makes your workout productive and keeps your body safe!
DO strike up a conversation on your way out—suggest grabbing a juice at the place next door. Who knows? She could be a new best friend!
DON’T be late—some classes won’t let you in after the start time but will charge you for the class. Research or call ahead to figure out the parking situation.
DON’T forget the rules of personal space when picking your spot in the room.
DON’T get overconfident when choosing weights—if everyone has a set of 1 pounders, it’s probably for a good reason.
DON’T forget a water bottle. Even if you can’t bring it into the room, hydrating after a workout is essential!
DON’T be afraid to mention any recent or healing injuries to the instructor—they will make sure to modify throughout the class.
DON’T worry about what other people think of you in class. You are there for your own personal gain, not to show off or compete with other classmates (although competition may sometimes be encouraged in other ways during class).
DON’T hesitate to try a harder option if the instructor offers it; even if you don’t nail it, everyone starts somewhere.
No matter if you ace all of these tips or not, the most important thing is just getting out there and giving it your best. The only workout you’ll regret is the one you didn’t do.
How do you feel when you go to a studio for the first time? Do you have any other tips from your personal experiences? I’d love to hear them in the comments!