Friday, November 18, 2011

the fitness class experiment

Background. I regularly enjoy group fitness classes at my local gym. There is nothing quite as invigorating as a group of (what is usually) women banning together for one sweat-producing hour for the common goal of improved fitness. But, the thought of walking into a class for the first time is anxiety producing. A class at my gym called Hip Hop Aerobics makes me shiver in fear.

Objective. To conquer my fears, try, and review a variety of group fitness classes. In the process, potentially discover a new fitness class gem and encourage my readers to do the same.

Methods. Attend a variety of group fitness classes offered at my local gym. Review each class experience with specific attention on the following variables: class details (format, size, participant demographics); requirements (equipment, clothing, gear, knowledge, coordination, rhythm); feeling (overall feeling, enjoyment level, welcome-ness); difficulty (overall difficulty, cardiovascular impact, strength training impact, post-class soreness); and likelihood of re-attending. Provide a "what you need to know" for each class with the goal of providing some preparedness to readers who wish to try a similar class format.

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  1. i think this is a great idea! i also think it's funny that hip hop aerobics makes you shiver - i could say the same about the body pump class you frequently attend :)

  2. Thanks, Gina! I suppose we all have different skills and certain classes initially appeal to us more than others. How about I do Hip Hop Aerobics and you do Body Pump? ;)

  3. This is such a great idea! I'll def take the motivation to try new workout classes, I love the variety! This one SWAT class at my local YMCA was uber intimidating and super challenging, so I know the feeling!

  4. I would stay away from Hip Hop Aerobics too! Haha I generally try to stay away from any class that requires too much coordination. I am all about spin classes and body pump!

  5. That's a great idea! I'd love to try a spinning class, but the thought of it makes me cringe a little for some reason.

  6. Girl, I can't wait to read future posts. I definitely have opinions about various group classes I take; so far I've found the like/dislike line comes down to the instructor.

    I've picked my favorite instructor for each class I take and usually find I get the best workout when they're leading, whether it's cycle, yoga, or weight training.

    I'm excited to read about your findings!

  7. Good for you! Hip hop aerobics sounds SO FUN. When I go to these classes I have to be prepared to laugh at myself - then, no matter what, it's fun! Good luck!

  8. I hope you enjoy the classes!
    Over the past few months, I've become quite the workout-class fanatic. Exercising in a group is just so exhilarating. The feeling of everyone's combined energy and enthusiasm is amazing! :)
    I've been focusing on trying new classes the past few weeks as well. Most of which I have loved. I can't wait to hear how you like yours!