You’re co-worker keeps raving about Zumba, you’re curious about a neighbor who has been spinning three days a week for the past two years and you’ve always thought you might like yoga. Only, you’ve never tried any of these exercises because you’re intimidated by the idea of group exercise.
Perhaps at the gym you’ve looked in through the studio window and felt like it just looked too intense for you. Or maybe you’re fearful of standing out and embarrassing yourself in front of a group of people who look like they know exactly what they’re doing.
Feeling this way is totally normal. Every new gym member has been here at one point or another, but there’s no reason to be afraid. We know you’ve heard this one a million times before, but there’s a first time for everything. Once you get past that initial feeling of uneasiness, we bet you’ll find a new love for fitness in the form of group exercise.
Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to try your first class.
1. Everyone is awkward.
It’s perfectly natural to be afraid of feeling awkward around your peers. But here’s the thing, no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. Aside from the three people who attend the class every single week, the majority of the people around you are all probably thinking the same thing: don’t mess up, don’t mess up, don’t mess up. Which leads us to our second reason why you shouldn’t be afraid…
2. No one is looking at you.
Even if you do a move wrong or can’t quite keep up with the dance routine perfectly, hardly anyone will notice. You know why? Everyone else is way too busy looking in the mirror at themselves.
3. The instructor is there to help you.
If you’re afraid of trying a new exercise because you won’t know what to do, well then group exercise is actually the perfect answer to your dilemma. A good instructor will provide detailed instructions and demonstrations. Don’t worry if they come over to correct you, they’re only trying to help by making your workout safer and more effective. Not to mention, you’ll have a much better workout if they’re enthusiastic and encouraging.
4. It’s a chance to make new friends.
Going into a group exercise class alone for the first time definitely takes some courage. But whether everyone in the class is an expert or there are some other newbies like you, we bet you’ll end up making one or two new friends. Maybe not after your first class, but if you stick with it and become a regular you’ll connect with lots of familiar faces frequently.
5. The worst thing that can happen is you’ll hate it.
That’s literally the worst thing that can happen. So what? You try a class and find out it’s not your favorite way to exercise. No big deal. And there’s actually some good that can come from this situation, because now that you’ve tried your first group exercise class, you’ve gotten over the initial fear and can try other types until you find one that you really like.