10 Questions to Rate Your Fitness Class
Once you’ve made the choice to improve your fitness, you might want to join a fitness class like aerobics. Zumba, or spinning. The first thing you should do before you start looking for a class is to make sure group exercise is right for you.
The easiest way to do this is by determining your fitness personality. Follow the preceding link to find your fitness personality. If you’re a social butterfly fitness personality, then a group fitness class is a great choice, but even if you’re a different fitness personality, don’t worry. If you find the right class for you, you’ll be on a positive path to living healthier and happier.
Next, you need to do some research and find the different types of group fitness classes available in your area. Choosing a fitness class is about more than the specific activity (or activities) that you’ll be doing during the class. It’s also about the environment, safety measures, instruction, and more.
As you’re researching fitness classes, ask the following 10 questions to rate each one. Keep in mind, you might have to take a couple of classes at a facility to be able to answer all of these questions. Most fitness clubs and gyms offer free introductory classes, so you can give classes a try before you commit to paying for anything.
Is the instructor well-qualified? You should be taking classes from an instructor who has a certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Fitness Personal Trainers, or a national aerobics association.
While it might not be the first thing you think of when choosing a fitness class, the floor where the class is held is actually very important. Is the floor firm and resilient? It should be made for fitness activities. For example, it should be made of wood and have an airspace or spring cushion under the wood, or it should be polyvinylchloride/urethane. Avoid classes that require mats because they can affect your balance and could cause falls. This is particularly important if your agility and balance need improvement.
Is the room properly ventilated with air conditioning that keeps the temperature comfortable? If not, you might want to look for a different fitness class.
4. Personal Space
Is there enough space between each person so you can move freely without feeling crowded or bumping into each other? Everyone needs their personal space, especially during a fitness class!
5. Warm-up and Cool-down
Does the fitness class routine include warm-up and cool-down periods? Avoid fitness classes that don’t allow adequate time for warm-ups and cool-downs in every class. Both are important to ensure you don’t risk injuries.
Yes, you need to choose fitness classes that fit into your schedule, but in this case, timing refers to how long your heart reaches and stays within your target heart range without exceeding that range. Does the aerobic part of the class last a minimum of 20 minutes? If not, you might not be getting the benefits you want.
Does the instructor tell you how to check your pulse before, during, and after the aerobic portion of the class and make sure everyone does it and is okay? The instructor should show concern for everyone’s safety in the class, and checking pulses should be mandatory.
Does the fitness routine allow you to adjust the pace to match your abilities? You should feel comfortable increasing or decreasing your pace if you need to without feeling like the instructor will scold you.
Does the instructor introduce new routines or music often enough? Variety is the spice of life, and it’s particularly important for some fitness personalities. With that in mind, choose a fitness class that offers variety in routines and music. It’s easy to get bored if you keep doing the same things to the same music over and over again.
10. Post-Class Review
Do you feel relaxed or energized after the class or do you feel sore or exhausted? You want to feel relaxed or energized after your fitness class. That means if you leave class feeling sore or exhausted, something is wrong. It’s not the class for you, so look for another.
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