By Sarah Galante
DHAC Exercise Physiologist and Group Fitness Director
I’m not quite sure what people mean when they say they want to get in shape before they try a group fitness class, but I hear it over and over again. As a group fitness director, I work hard each day to let people know that our classes are here to do just that, get you in shape…no prerequisites needed!
I totally understand that walking into a group fitness studio can be a little daunting. The upbeat teacher who has been doing this for years, the regulars that seem to know everything there is to know about the class, the equipment that needs to be set up, and most intimidating the idea of “I’m not going to be able to do this”.
But, our group fitness team is hands down the friendliest and most humble group of individuals. We work together to make sure you get the best experience you will ever have in a group fitness class. The fitness classes are designed to make you push yourself beyond what you thought you could do, all the while staying at YOUR level! Yes, you will be sweating, and feeling it the next day but we promise you can and WILL make it through. The instructors are there to motivate, facilitate, and help you get through all the aspects of class. You may think that you are the only one who feels the effects of the class, but guess what – we do too! (Shhhh! Don’t tell!)
Group fitness is a great tool that will allow you to break some of your own personal plateaus. Maybe you are a cardio champ, dedicated to the elliptical three days a week but your inches aren’t falling like they used to. You are missing that weight training component. It’s time to try a class from out strength category. My pick is BodyPump! Who am I kidding…I pick all of them. If strength training is your thing, but you loathe cardio (much like yours truly) try a spin class, or if you are feeling feisty, join Zumba or STRIDE to learn some fresh new dance moves. And no – you don’t need to know how to dance – we teach you all the moves!
Group fitness can and will motivate you to be the very best at this workout thing. It creates friends, memories and most important RESULTS. Please don’t wait to get in shape before you get in shape…you are ready NOW!