Ask Alfonso: Class Time?
My local gym runs a range of classes for members – all of which are free such as spin classes, yoga, boxercise and high intensity aerobics.
My girlfriend and I want to take full advantage of our gym to make the most of our membership fees – but what kind of classes would you recommend Alfonso? What classes do you think are a waste of time – and which work? And how should we incorporate them alongside our weights and cardio routines?
Rich, San Fernando
Hey Rich funny you should ask this – I’m on my way out to a SPIN class right after I write this.
Most people are either “class” people or “independent” gym goers meaning they exercise on their own. You and your girlfriend represent the small percentage of people that do both, and that’s great! Since you already have you own weight training routine, I would take classes that are the complete opposite of what you’re used to doing. Try some Yoga, Boxing, or Spin and Boot Camp style classes.
I sometimes tell people to not take specific classes, but this is due to the class not really being what the trainee needs. As you know I preach complete fitness, meaning what I consider to be the key components of an exercise program – strength, cardiovascular, balance/stability, and core training. So when people come to me who are using classes as their only source of training, I steer them away from low intensity, low functionality, low everything type classes because they won’t get results. But since you’re question is what classes to add to your program, not what classes to make your program – I say go have fun and try them all.
Class instructors can sometimes overlook participants, or may not be very good at teaching large groups. Make sure you feel like your form and exercise technique is being monitored, ask questions and engage the instructor. Too may times I see classes where it appears as if the teacher had the best workout – and that’s wrong. Also be sure to not over-train and exercise too much. I don’t know how much your program entails now, but if you are already at 5 days per week, I’d take one day and swap it with classes, or even try trading out 2 days for a different stimulus.
Remember that exercise programs continually evolve and are constant learning experiences. It may take you a bit of time to figure out if you like more cardio driven classes like spin, meditative and brain powered classes like yoga, or if you like punching the bags in a boxing class. Perhaps your girlfriend really likes the constant movement of a Boot Camp. Or maybe you’ll both like a blend. Whatever it is, just take your time, feel it out and take each class at least twice to really get the feel. Each class will bring something different to the table and benefit your exercise program. Let me know how it goes!
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