Fitness Tips & Advice

Tips For Attending Your First Fitness Class

January 13, 2017

With the New Year in full swing, some people may be looking to start or switch up their fitness routines as part of their resolutions. If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, or even if you’re just making the switch to a new studio, it can be a bit intimidating. I turned to social media to ask some of my fit friends for their advice on starting a new fitness class (thanks to those people who responded!)



I think this one is important. Most facilities offer an introductory class or a trial week and I think it’s important to find something you love before making a commitment. That way, you don’t dread going and end up quitting, you’ll look forward to it and stick with it!

I always make sure I arrive early before a new class to fill out paperwork, check out the facility and get set up for the class. Giving yourself a good half hour before the class starts enables you to chat with the instructor, let them know about any previous injuries you may have, and get all the equipment you need out and ready without feeling rushed and frazzled. It’s great if you can even go in a couple days early to tour the facility and ask any questions you may have ahead of time.

Everyone has had a first time at some point. I remember during my first BodyPump class, I had no idea what weights I should be using for an upcoming track and had to ask people nearby what they recommended. The more you are able to ask questions, the faster you’ll be comfortable with the classes and pretty soon, a new person will be turning to you to ask a question!

Truth! And no one is going to be judging you for being new. If they are, it might not be the place for you. There will always be a supportive group to welcome you openly and help you have fun and achieve your goals.

Some more tips:

  • No one is looking at you. Promise. Everyone will be focusing on their own workouts to watch what you’re doing.
  • Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. I’ve laughed my way through my first classes many times because I wasn’t able to keep up or was too uncoordinated. And you know what? It made the experience that much more fun because I wasn’t frustrated or afraid that I wasn’t at the same level as the more experienced class goers.
  • Chat up your fellow gym goers – you never know when you will find a new gym buddy. I have a handful of friends throughout the city that I’ve met from whatever gym I was attending at the time.
  • Make sure you wear the right clothing for your workout. There’s nothing worse than showing up for a class that is high intensity when you were expecting low intensity and wore the wrong sports bra, or showing up for a class you thought was barefoot but you needed to wear shoes (been there, done that).

What tips do you have for someone heading to their first fitness class? 
Anyone have any first timer experiences to share? 

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  • Reply
    Kris @ Canadian Girl Runs
    January 13, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Oh man, the “wear the right clothing” tip spoke to me. When I first started taking spin classes, about 5 years ago, I wore short shorts… my legs are burning and chafing just thinking about it… but thankfully I still had a great class and went on to start teaching! I cringe when I see women/men hop on the bike in short running shorts because I KNOW. I think “no on is looking at you” is a great tip – and one I forget a lot! 😛

    • Reply
      January 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Oh my goodness, I couldn’t imagine the chaffing. OUCH! Haha!

  • Reply
    January 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Great post! So many great tips!

    • Reply
      January 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you!

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    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    January 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Great tips! I agree, trying a new class is super intimidating! It’s always nice if you can take a friend along for moral support! Getting there early is definitely key. Even once I know what I’m doing in a class, I hate showing up late. If it’s my first time, I always aim to be in the back so I can watch other people…which I know goes against the advice that no one is watching you! Haha.

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      January 20, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Ah yeah, that’s a good point, I sometimes like to hide in the back for that reason too haha

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