By Arianne McManus

Joining an exercise class is a great way to stay committed and motivated. Your instructor can show you new moves, push you to your limits, and make sure you don’t get hurt. However, sometimes joining a new class can be daunting. If you’re a beginner you might be nervous about keeping up, making friends, or embarrassing yourself. That’s normal, but with these tips you’ll get the most out of your first class and keep going back for more.

Chat to the Instructor Beforehand

Having a chat to the instructor for your class before you go (whether that’s at the gym on a different day, or 5 minutes before the class) can help you feel more confident. The instructor will be able to give you some helpful tips, plus they’ll know to keep an eye on you in the class! You can also ask for advice from other gym staff- they might have taken the class before, and they will know what level it is right for!

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Don’t Hide in the Back

Though it can be tempting to hide in the back of the class, it’s one of the worst things you can do for yourself. Unless it’s a very small class it might make things hard for the instructor to spot you and help you out. However, standing behind someone who looks experienced Is a good way to have somebody to follow.

Know Your Limits

Starting a new class means you’ll probably be faced with a lot of new moves. Often your instructor will help you out by giving different levels for various moves, if you are a beginner, don’t be embarrassed to only do the level you are capable of. You will get injured if you try to do difficult steps before you’re ready.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

Though you shouldn’t risk your health, you shouldn’t be afraid to try new things. Everyone in that class was a beginner once. Trying all sorts of new exercise classes at your gym is a great way to find new interests and keep your workouts exciting.

The slide presentation version of this post is located at Arianne’s Slideshare.