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Tips To Prepare You for Taking a New Fitness Class

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Tips To Prepare You for Taking a New Fitness Class

At first, taking a new fitness class can be intimidating. We’ve all been there! You may wonder which class is right for you, what to wear, when to show up, and what to expect. Never fear, today we're sharing key tips so that you'll feel prepped and ready to absolutely crush your new workout class!

Below, we dive into how to prepare your mind and body to get the most out of your workout at Jazzercise. (Pro Tip: The more you know beforehand, the more fun you will have during class!) A great way to prep for a new workout is to research group fitness classes near you and what they offer beforehand. Many fitness centers offer detailed class descriptions, photos, and even videos on their websites that can help you better understand what to expect of each class. 

If you’re feeling uncertain about trying a particular fitness class, ask whether you can watch a session before diving in. You may also want to bring a friend or accountability buddy for that extra dose of motivation! Some people may even prefer to try new workout classes privately at home using on demand services before heading into a group setting.

At Jazzercise, there's classes for everyone! Whether you prefer low-impact classes or high-energy HIIT-style classes to dance those calories away, we’ve got your fitness goals covered.

Our signature class formats include:

• Cardio Sculpt: Involves high-energy dance cardio, followed by strength training.
• Power Sculpt: Blends heart-pumping bursts of dance cardio with powerful strength training, followed by a specialized toning segment.
• Sculpt: Focuses on strength training to build strong, lean muscles.

We also offer cardio, stretch, and low impact classes. Feel free to try them all to see which works best for you.

Dress Appropriately in Your New Workout Class

Another way to set yourself up for a successful sweat sesh is by wearing the right athletic gear!

We generally recommend wearing comfortable clothing that is fitted and flexible, along with a pair of athletic cross-trainers. To find your perfect aerobic dance workout shoe, read this blog

Looking for Jazzercise-approved activewear? Check out Jazzercise Apparel for the latest drops in buttery-soft leggings, performance tops, and limited edition pieces! Once you’ve got your attire sorted, you’re just about ready to hit that group fitness class.

Hydrate Before and After

Hydrating before your new fitness class will be a major performance factor! Why? As you begin to work up a sweat during class, you'll lose essential fluids. To avoid any negative health impacts, hydrate before AND after your workout.

Drinking enough fluids helps regulate body temperature, keeps joints lubricated, and transports important nutrients throughout the body. Pay attention to signs of dehydration during and after your sweat sesh. These include extreme thirst, dry mouth, dizziness, and fatigue.

Of course, this all begs the question: How much water should you actually drink to prepare for workouts? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer since hydration needs vary based on a variety of factors. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, women should aim for about nine cups of fluid per day. Men, on the other hand, should drink about 13 cups. You can always ask your doctor for a personalized recommendation. 

After crushing any fitness class, always remember to rehydrate to replenish lost fluids.

Arrive Early to the New Group Fitness Class

When it is finally time for your new group fitness class, make sure to arrive early. This will give you the opportunity to speak to the instructor before getting started. Be sure to let them know it’s your first time there! It’s always valuable to share past injuries and physical limitations so that they can suggest the right activity modifications.

If you find yourself with a few extra minutes before class starts, go ahead and introduce yourself to your surrounding classmates. This is one of the most rewarding and inspiring parts of group fitness. You're always just one "hello" away from making a new friend!

Once class starts, your main goal should be to keep an open mind. New experiences can be challenging but also SO rewarding! Don’t worry if you have trouble following along—just keep moving. At Jazzercise, there are no mistakes...only accidental solos! 

It may be helpful to touch base with the instructor after class to share your experience. They’re always ready to offer valuable feedback that will keep you on track with your goals. Then, pat yourself on the back for a job well done. You’ve made a huge first step just by showing up.

Listen to Your Body When Taking a New Fitness Class

Despite researching how to prepare before a workout, the bottom line is that you just never know how a new fitness class is going to feel until you try it! Therefore, it’s crucial to listen to your body during your workout.

Although new movements can sometimes feel awkward or unfamiliar, they shouldn’t hurt or cause you distress. If you experience pain, shortness of breath, symptoms of dehydration, or anything else of concern during class, stop immediately and flag your instructor. 

If you’re new to working out or restarting a fitness program after a break, be sure to consult your doctor beforehand. Also, keep in mind that you don't have to compete with ANYONE. Go nice and easy—you can always work your way towards higher intensities. 

Have Fun!

No matter which new fitness classes you decide to try, the most important thing is that you have FUN! Studies show that people who enjoy their workouts are more likely to make exercise a regular part of their lives and ultimately meet their fitness goals.

At Jazzercise, our hip-shaking, calorie-burning dance cardio, and strength classes are so much fun that you'll be counting the minutes until your next class! Plus, our supportive community, child care services, and motivating FitPros take it beyond just a workout. 

Whether you are brand new to Jazzercise or have been working out with us for years, we're here for you every step of the way!

Learn more at https://www.jazzercise.com/.


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