Fitness classes at the gym
If you're looking for variety in your workout then look no further than exercise classes. Flexibility, cardiovascular, resistance-training, core, and more.
If you're looking for variety in your workout then look no further than exercise classes. Flexibility, cardiovascular (CV), resistance-training, core, and combinations of all these disciplines are available with gym classes.
Training in a group or class is motivating and fun. Participating in a range of exercise classes is an excellent way of building all-round fitness and any good health club or fitness center should offer a wide range of studio group sessions.
A wide variety of venues are also generally available, including:
- Health and fitness clubs
- Sports centres
- Community centres
- Dedicated studios, for example: Pilates or yoga studios
How much are fitness classes?
Class prices are generally inexpensive and gym membership isn’t always necessary as non-members can sometimes pay solely for the classes. Additionally, discounts may be available for block bookings. Sessions run in non-dedicated venues such as community centres are unlikely to have additional facilities, for example changing rooms or showers, but the class prices will reflect this.
What fitness class to join?
When choosing an exercise class, there are several key points to consider:
- Qualified Instruction
The class should be run by a qualified instructor in the relevant discipline. Separate qualifications are necessary for different types of classes.
- Accredited instructors
The government-supported Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) accredits instructors at three different levels. Your instructor should be accredited for class instruction.
- Suitability for your fitness levels
The class is suitable for your fitness levels. Your health club should offer a range of classes throughout the week that cater for different levels of fitness. Some classes are suitable for every fitness level, while others require a course of classes to be completed to build exercise knowledge (for example: Pilates). If in doubt, discuss your concerns with the instructor at enrolment.
- Adaptability of class to suit abilities
The instructor should check on each member’s fitness levels and adapt the class as necessary so that everyone can participate.
Guide to exercise classes
The health and fitness industry is continually evolving and it can sometimes be difficult to know which class to enroll for and what the exact benefits are. Here’s our guide to help you decide which exercise classes are most suitable for you:
|Exercise class||Description||Additional information|
||High energy and intensive all-over conditioning class||Excellent all-over cardiovascular and resistance training|
||Concentrated class focusing on specific and controlled movements||Need to follow a course of classes as techniques build each session|
||A mind and body relaxing flexibility class An intensive ‘Power’ type class
||Guaranteed to improve flexibility
Also incorporates Cardiovascular and strength elements
||Gentle, weight-supported swimming pool class||Ideal for rehabilitating injuries, starting out or returning to fitness|
||Quite intensive cardiovascular workout
||Can be pitched at various levels but need basic cardiovascular fitness to fully participate|
||Aerobic workout centred around movements on a step||Similar to standard aerobics class
|Shape and tone
||All-over toning class||Ideal for a gentle workout|
||All-over mobility class||Tailored towards 50+ exercisers|
||Core stability workout
||Specific exercise routine to strengthen core muscles|
|Stretch and flex
||Relaxing flexibility session
||Suitable for any level of fitness and beneficial for everyone
||Intensive cardiovascular stationary bicycle class||Great for leg training, usually intensive
||Group rowing machine class
||Can be both intensive or more controlled, focusing on technique|
||Outdoor circuit-type training
||Often early morning sessions, based in parks or open spaces. Can be intensive. Excellent for all-over conditioning|
Don’t forget when taking an exercise class …
When you start your class, there are a few basic precautions that you should take, which will also enhance your enjoyment and the benefits that you gain from your exercise.
Always take a bottle of water into your class to maintain your hydration levels. Most classes are run in a studio or sports hall and temperatures can rise considerably. To make sure you don’t overheat, top-up with water or a sports drink at frequent intervals.
For safety reasons and to avoid damaging expensive items, it is wise to remove jewelry and watches before the class begins.
- Gym clothing
Choose light, comfortable kit for your class as you are likely to break into a sweat at some point!
- Check for exits
On starting the class, make sure that you know the emergency exits, not least because you may suddenly feel that you need to take a break or get some fresh air!
Whichever exercise classes you choose, you are certain to enjoy an inexpensive, fun and motivating way to kick-start or progress your fitness. Simply select your exercise class type, turn up and go for it! You could enjoy a broad range of fitness gains.