4 Great Exercise Classes If You Are New to the Gym
If you are just starting out your workout journey, chances are that some of the classes your gym has to offer are appealing to you. But how do you know which one to choose? Well, it is easy enough to sample all of them, but four of the very best exercise classes to choose when you are new to the gym are the following:
Kickboxing and boxing might have a reputation for intimidation, but that is far from what these classes are all about. More and more people are discovering the great total-body conditioning that comes from boxing/kickboxing. Classes are usually set up with a format that focuses on a dynamic warm-up, bagwork, and shadow boxing and that finishes with abdominal work. Some classes might also incorporate one-on-one drills to practice technique with a partner. This builds camaraderie while you are building your body.
The benefits of kickboxing/boxing classes are vast and include such things as improved hand–eye coordination and a combination of anaerobic and aerobic exercises that increase the stamina in your heart and lungs while working the arms, abs, chest, shoulders, and core strength.
Zumba combines traditional aerobics classes with dance moves infused with Latin music that gets your heart pumping. Introduced in 1999, Zumba has become one of the most popular fitness classes in recent history. Routines in Zumba classes alternate between low and high intensity, and some incorporate interval training with resistance training.
One of the reasons that Zumba is wildly popular is because it offers a fun workout while burning, on average, more than 300 calories an hour, which is more than in step aerobics, kickboxing, and power yoga. Zumba is great for beginners, as it is low-impact, focusing on improvements of cardiovascular health and coordination with fun and energy.
Spin classes are a staple of most gyms and fitness centers. Through the use of a stationary bike, participants are instructed through a series of intervals that include sprints, hill climbs, and flat-level pace tracks. The instructor is there with you every step of the way, encouraging different levels of resistance throughout the class, though you can make the workout your own and increase the resistance where you feel comfortable.
One of the main benefits of spinning is the cardio component that gets the heart pumping. It also builds strength through the legs and butt. And even though the exercise is low-impact, the results are an expenditure of as much as 400-plus calories per 40-minute spin class. Spinning is a great option for those new to the gym, as the resistance level is yours to control.
Pilates is a great exercise class for anyone but is particularly good for those new to the gym, as it builds your muscular endurance, your body's core strength, and your posture. Pilates works through a series of movements that focus on alignment, breathing, stretching, and conditioning the muscles through controlled movements.
Pilates starts with a low-impact workout that still challenges the muscles to increase core stability, posture, balance, and flexibility. The classes can be done using bodyweight, a Barre, or a Reformer machine that the instructor will show participants how to use properly.
Having the motivation from an instructor, and the energy of a group environment, can be beneficial to your workout, especially if you’re just starting out in the gym. There are many different options to choose from. The best way to decide is to try out a few that pique your interest and go from there.
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