When you’re brand-new to a group fitness routine, everything feels difficult. You’re not sure what to wear, what basic moves you’re expected to know, or even how to get around the gym! All of these things come naturally in time – consistency is key – but there is one important tip newbies should take to get into the groove and find the workouts that serve their needs: try everything three times.
Every new workout will be a challenge, but it’s important to stick it out and not feel intimidated by a mix of levels in your class or your current fitness state. If you felt challenged and enjoyed any part of the workout, try it again. When you attend the same class three times, you’ll have the opportunity to get acclimated with the flow of the workout, build confidence, and get stronger – and just one or two times won’t cut it. As you’re determining what you like and what you don’t when it comes to working out, keeping an open mind is absolutely essential, and this tip makes that possible.
To set yourself up for even more success, take these three tips to every new class:
- Keep a positive attitude: When you head into a workout with a bad attitude, it makes every minute feel more difficult. Leave your stresses at the door, breathe deep, commit to have fun, and don’t be too hard on yourself. If you feel intimidated when you look around the room, remember that everyone was a beginner at some point!
- Introduce yourself: Don’t feel awkward introducing yourself to the teacher before or after your first class. Giving the instructor a heads-up provides them with opportunity to offer pointers before class or extra instruction throughout the class.
- Give it your all: In the group fitness environment, it’s easy to cheat a little or take a break. To make the most of the workout and challenge yourself, don’t fall into this trap. When you give 100 percent, you’re setting yourself up for success and you’ll know you won’t be left with any regrets.
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When you think of these two, the story of how they met is suddenly perfect: Derrick caught his first glimpse of Brittany at their gym in LA, lifting in the back of the room! It only seemed natural for the couple to share their passion for the gym at their wedding celebration. Check out all the beautiful and fun photos from their nuptials.
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It’s the little things and, sometimes, the weirder, the better. A trainer from Shape shares all his odd tips for making workouts better!
Changing your body isn’t as hard as you may think. Little things add up – even the odd ones! Try these eight tips that may seem quirky and perhaps insignificant, but trust me, they will help you build a stronger, slimmer, healthier body.
1. Swipe away chafing. For a simple and effective way to end chafing between your legs, rub a stick of deodorant over your inner thighs. This will decrease sweat buildup and help you avoid the nasty of pain.
2. Tighten up your drinking. Place a rubber band on your water bottle, and lower it a few inches after each sip to mark the place you want to drink past each time when you’re taking more sips. (Remember, you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.)
3. Check your posture. The seams of your shirt can be a good indicator of strength imbalances between your chest and biceps (anterior) and your back (posterior). Next time you’re wearing a t-shirt, stand in front of a mirror to see if the stitching from the neck to the shoulder forms a straight line. If the lines turn slightly inward from the neck to the shoulders (anterior tilt), you may want to focus more attention on strengthening your back and improving your posture.
4. Do the twist. With Summer here, I recommend digging deep into your closet and doing a little cleaning out of your workout or running shoes. This may mean parting ways with your favorite kicks. However, this will help you avoid injury. A simple and effective way to know if your workout or running sneakers have performed their last rep is to perform a “twist test.” Hold the sneaker at each end, and twist. If the shoe easily rotates, the midsole is worn and is indicating that you need a replacement.
5. See red. This intense and powerful color can cause an energy surge, so you may benefit from wearing red clothes while exercising. Better yet, paint the walls of your in-home gym a vibrant red to get the most of your workouts.
6. Think cool. Stand as tall as possible throughout the day by pretending that you’re getting ice water poured down your back. This position will help not only by strengthening your core muscles, but also by boosting your caloric expenditure, forcing your body to maintain this position.
7. Juice your muscles. Tart cherries contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce exercise-induced muscle damage. Try drinking approximately an ounce of the concentrated red stuff twice a day to help reduce post-workout soreness.
8. Add a dash of salt. Sprinkle some salt into your shoe or sneaker at the end of the day, then shake it out in the morning. The salt will help pull out the sweat – and odor. This is perfect to do after a run or after wearing your shoes without socks.