It seems that for once I have taken my own advice and jumped head first into trying out new workouts.
Yesterday morning I tried a boot camp workout at my gym. I belong to the Boston Sports Club in Medford, MA, and while I often find the gym overcrowded, the staff not very friendly, and the overall experience not great, I have belonged for two years. After trying a barre class recently (see my post Get me to the barre!) I decided to give the classes at my gym a try. Perhaps these classes were the secret to improving my less-than-impressive gym experience.
In December of last year, before I turned 23, I decided to try some fitness classes at my gym, and for the most part I liked it. I tried a few spinning classes and a kickboxing class. I enjoyed the spinning but I was not nearly coordinated enough to be caught dead in a kickboxing class. In fact, I spent most of the class laughing at myself as did the woman next to me.
Even with these experiences behind me, I wasn’t sure what to expect for the boot camp class. I did a little research the night before and found that the class was likely to be an intense, military-style workout. I love intensity but I had really enjoyed the relaxed experience of barre class, so I wasn’t sure if I would like this class.
I woke up bright and early, ate a quick slice of toast with peanut butter and headed to class. My first reaction was that the class was extremely crowded and that the instructor was not super helpful. I thought it was a good workout and that the people in the class were very friendly and helpful, but I’m not sure if I would go regularly. I think I could have designed that workout myself and done it in a park near my house.
However, for me, at this stage in my fit journey, trying new things is essential. My body is so used to running that it will never change or improve unless I try new things. Running is my constant, my comfort, my happy place, but it will not provide me with the toned arms I crave, or with a more fit look. Breaking out of my comfort zone is the only way I will be able to get the look, feel, and overall health that I am searching for.
Here are three reasons why you should try a new class:
- Get out of your current workout rut – If you are feeling bored with your workouts, then switch it up!
- You have plateaued – Have your fitness or weight loss goals plateaued? Your body might be so used to your workout that it needs a change to start heading towards those goals again.
- Meet new, like-minded people – Finding fit friends will help you stick with workouts and make working out more enjoyable.
If you feel stuck in a rut, or feel like your progress has stalled, then checkout a new fitness class. Many studios offer your first class for free, which is a great way to try out new things and shake-up your fitness routine. Today I am feeling a little sore and a lot happy that I tried something new. I am also endlessly grateful to the kind folks in the class who showed me what to do and made me feel relaxed instead of anxious.