FITNESS CLASSES :: Which One Is Right For You?

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FullSizeRenderEvery year I venture out to enjoy a variety of classes to first, add variety to my personal routine and second, let my clients know what’s appropriate for them to supplement our strength training workouts. 

Fitness Clubs are yesterday and Boutique Fitness Classes are the the new trend so when finding a class that’s right for you, the most important question to ask yourself first is,

“What are my goals?”

Think you need more “Cardio?”

Want to lose weight?

Want to have fun?

Want to meet people?

Want to stress less?

Just think you need to do more of something? 

Here’s my take:

SPIN 

Remember the phrase, “If it’s too loud, you’re too old?” That’s me! First of all, spending 45+ minutes in a hunched over position, one in which you’ve probably spent the majority of your day at the computer, makes absolutely no sense. These classes tend to be physically non-sensical, loud and dark.  Sure, you burn calories but the amount of cortisol you raise because of the long, steady state cardio session is not worth it. You’re time is better spent going to the grocery store and planning out your next healthy meal. Trust me on this one!

This class is not for you.

CROSSFIT

My fave! You’re not too old and it’s not too hard. CrossFit is truly for everyone, even your mom. There are two insanely awesome things about CrossFit and it’s why I love it so much. First, you will be doing movements that make sense for your body to get strong and healthy. They’re called “functional movements.”  Second, you get a very knowledgeable trainer to show you exactly how to do the movements and anything you think is too hard, your trainer will adapt everything for you. Please don’t be intimidated by the rockin’ fit people. CrossFit people are like hippies high on love. They want to share it with everyone. Oh yeah, and they are very excited to talk to you about nutrition. BONUS! Good stuff. Great brand.

This class is for you if you want to be strong, healthy, challenged, and to meet new people. 

ZUMBA

Fu-un! But I love to dance and I’m pretty coordinated. I don’t think this is the best place for you if you’ve got two left feet. There are many dancers, many already fit people, so if you are easily scared being the clueless chick in the back as I often am, this class is not for you. However, I know a few Grandmas who find Zumba to be their social meet up and place to get their sexy on so call the studio in advance and ask if they might have an instructor suitable for a absolute beginner.

This class is for you if you’re coordinated, looking to have fun and burn calories at the same time.

YOGA

Yog-ahhh… If you follow my blog, you know how much I love my yoga so of course I think you should too but it’s for a very good reason. Lowering your stress hormones, breathing with your movements, working out stuck emotions, stretching and strengthening muscles which lay dormant most of your day is a recipe for the perfect way to move your body. It makes sense and is easily adapted for everyone. And yoga is the perfect recovery supplement to your weight lifting routine. Every other person’s sister is a yoga instructor these days so there is someone out there for you. I’ve been to some amazing beginners classes with A+ quality instructors. You cannot do yoga “wrong.” Instructors will help you if you feel lost or crazy inflexible. 

This class is for you if you want to reduce stress and become more flexible, balanced, and happy.

BARRE

I swear I had an open mind when trying this class. But it’s very close to non-sensical. This is great for absolute beginners but after six weeks, move on. I know holding and pulsing in squats, push ups and such is hard and I’m not saying it’s easy. But it doesn’t make sense for the body over the long run. There is a lot of room for this type of class to be fuctional but it’s not there yet. And it’s Boring with a capital B. I wish it were not the case, but sadly, I don’t recommend this class.

This class is for you if you have not exercised in years. Try something else after the first 6 weeks.

Supplement away with a variety of classes before you commit to something you really like as memberships are suggested at most of these studios. Remember that memberships are for the studio to rely on steady income and not to “build a community” as they say. Individual classes can be purchased. I recommend going that route until you are blissfully happy with how you feel after the workout over time or find an instructor who makes you want to come back for more.

Don’t forget the most important workout for weight loss, strength, and health though…

Weight Lifting!

My Hormone Friendly, personal training sessions and YouTube videos mainly focus on strength training with weights because it is the BEST most efficient and safe way to lose weight and be healthyCheck out my Top 5 Reasons To Lift Weights in this post. If you’e not lifting weights or don’t know how, comment below and I will help you. 

Strength & Love,

jillsign61

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