Congratulations! You made fitness a goal in your life and have joined a gym. If you are thinking about signing up for a cardio class, there is no reason to be nervous. Just go for it. It can be a wonderful way to exercise. You are not only guided by an expert, you also have the energy of the group to keep you motivated. However, remember that it is something new, so you will be outside your comfort zone. Apprehension is normal, but do not let that stop you.
In order to ensure that your first fitness class is not your last, be sure to let the instructor know before class begins. He or she will be able to give you pointers and tell you what equipment you may need. In addition, it will also ensure that you get a bit of added encouragement and he or she will keep an eye on your form.
Another thing that you will need to overcome is the thought that everyone will be looking at you. The truth of the matter is, everyone is there for them and they will be concentrating on themselves. Therefore, it is recommended that you place yourself toward the center of the room. This will enable you to be surrounded by non-newbies and you will be able to see your form in the mirror. Plus, it is a good spot for the instructor to keep an extra eye on you.
Remember, everyone in that room, regardless of their level now, was new at some point or another. That being said, it is important to keep in mind that it is a class and not a competition. Comparing your abilities to the person next to you can set you up for injury. You should never do anything you are not comfortable with or give into peer pressure. Remind yourself that everyone is different and everyone’s bodies respond differently.
Therefore, if there is something that you cannot do yet, please do not try to do it. That is how many beginners get discouraged and/or injured. Most classes are accommodating for all levels and instructors offer options during the workout. However, if you are shown an exercise and some additions for the advanced people, do not add the advanced moves during your first class. You will end up taking on more than you can handle because you want to keep up with the person next to you. In order to avoid injury and burnout, it is best to progress slowly and listen to the instructor.
Two more things to keep in mind as you venture into your new boot camp class, listen to your body and do not give up too fast. It is easy to get swept up into the music and the energy of the room. However, you need to stay tuned into your body because only you know how you are feeling, and what you are ready to handle. If you feel as though you might pass out or throw up, you are pushing yourself too hard. Take a break, breathe, and be sure to stay hydrated. Oh, and try the class a second time before you throw in the towel.