Trying anything new is always intimidating. Even though I teach fitness classes, I get nervous when I try something new. “Am I standing in the right spot?” “Am I doing this right?” “Everyone else knows what they’re doing but me?” Yep these thoughts all run through my head. On the flip side, since I am an instructor, I’ve picked up some tips from my persective to help ease those first day jitters.
Arrive 15 Minutes Early to Class.
This way you can have plenty of time to check in, find the locker room etc. I’m really bad with directions, so whenever I’m trying out a new place I get there extra early so that I’m not stressed out and rushing in.
Let the Instructor Know You are New
Instructors are generally there early and can give you some insight on what equipment you need for the class and the general format. Also if you have a specific injury, let them know ahead of time that you may need modifications throughout class.
Don’t Hide in the Back
You want the instructor to be able to give you quick feedback and that is going to be more difficult if you are in the back where he or she can barely see you. I know you won’t want to stand front and center, but try the 2nd row. And if there’s a mirror, make sure you can see yourself.
No One is Judging You
If it’s a tough class, people are going to be more concerned about themselves making it through than anything. Focus on yourself and how you feel. Look around and you will see that no one is looking at you.
It’s Okay if you can’t do Everything
It can take a little while to get used to the flow and specifics of a class. Don’t be hard on yourself the first day, do what you can and listen to your body. If something feels painful, then stop. If you feel like you need a water break, then take a break. Remember this is new to your body, so let it get acclimated gradually.
Keep It Simple
Don’t try any advanced options the first day of class, really focus on your form. It’s better to start small and build up, than try an advanced option and end up doing it wrong or hurting yourself.
Lastly, Have Fun!
Smile. You pushed yourself, tried something new, and survived!
I’m taking a new class this weekend….Soul Cycle, I can’t wait & will share my experience here too!
Do you enjoy trying new fitness classes?
What is helpful to you when you are new to a class?