I promise I didn’t get my days mixed up, I am fully aware today is Thursday. But the good news about this post is that it is the official kickoff to fitness posts on The Devil Wears Rompers. WHOOP WHOOP. I decided there was no better time to start these up than now. There are so many new resolutions out there, and over 34% of them are centered around fitness or the general improvement of health. The craziest part about it is that about 73% of fitness resolutions are abandoned by February 1st.
So I am here to help keep you on track, and make sure that resolution isn’t something you throw aside. Now I know attending a gym post-January 1st is practically hell.. There are crowds of people everywhere, newbies that don’t understand sitting on a machine isn’t a workout, and the select few that seem to be using every single machine beyond incorrectly.
The local gym may be a great place to people-watch until they fade out, but if you really want a good workout, now is the perfect time to try out group exercise classes. A group fitness class is a great place to learn proper form, try out new workouts, and break a sweat while meeting new people. Now I may be biased on my choice of location, but if you live in Reno, I would most definitely give Escape a try. I can attest to the fact that prior to becoming an instructor here, I was a client and I loved every minute of it (I still enjoy taking classes from other instructors). Escape offers spinning, boxing, bootcamp, and weight training along with a blacklight and loud music experience. You can sign up through the “Reno Escape” app (available in app store) for an intro offer or the 5 for $35 New Year’s Special!
Now if you want to try elsewhere as well, I won’t fault you.. I’m just saying that Escape is pretty great. If you are taking the leap into group fitness, read over these five tips for attending a class at wherever you choose.
I am sure many of you are reading this first one thinking to yourself “No s#!t, Ciera..” But having seen it for myself, I cannot tell you the amount of people that show up to class without anything to drink. Classes are hard and you don’t want to be gasping for air and then have an immense thirst for water to add to that. And since most places are courteous to clients, they will have a water fountain/machine, but it would probably be smart to bring a water bottle, unless you’re fond of the idea of drinking your water from cupped hands or placing your whole face directly under the spout.
Please do not take this piece of advice as me telling you to eat a 7- course meal 10 minutes before spin, but instead make a conscious decision to eat a healthy/energizing snack 30 minutes – 1 hour prior to class. If you would prefer not to eat beforehand, plan to hit the ground hard when you pass out 3 songs in. Food gives you fuel, and without fuel, you won’t be doing much besides laying on the ground in your first class.
Wear proper attire
Let me tell ya, some moves and machines are very unforgiving. To avoid heat rash, chafing, rolling an ankle, and dying of heat exhaustion, it is super important to wear the right stuff. There is a time and place for your formal ball gowns and stage makeup, but trust me, a group exercise class is not that place. Compression gear with a large amount of ventilation is perfect for most classes. Yoga allows for looser and flowier clothing, but I would avoid that in classes like spin, unless you want the bike to rip off those gauchos and take ’em for a spin. The proper footwear is also super important. Avoid wearing ‘lifestyle’ shoes to exercise due to the lack of support. Most athletic shoes say what their ideal use is (training, running, lifestyle, etc.). My other point to add is that you may think a full face of makeup is necessary for all parts of your life, but I guarantee it won’t come out looking as good as when you came in, so it is probably better to forego it.
Try a class/gym more than once
It is very easy to try a class once and say you don’t like it for whatever reason, but there is no chance you will ever improve with that attitude. The first class I ever took at Escape was with the lead instructor, Jen Rowan, and I couldn’t tell if I was crying or sweating (it was so hard). I immediately left that class and said “No chance I will ever put myself through that torture again.” But the next day I felt so sore and realized it was definitely the best workout I had ever done, so I went back and got my ass kicked once again. If you initially don’t like an instructor/class/gym, try it once more to be sure, maybe even for a third time. Different classes or instructors may make you more excited than others and make you work harder. Maybe the first class you try isn’t your favorite because there were too many burpees, but trying it again might result in 5 sets of jump squats which you absolutely love. Don’t give up after the first try, that’s the moral of this tip.
Get out of your own head and just do it
You can make enough excuses to fill the whole 45-minute timespan of a class, or you can get in, get out, and feel accomplished that you just finished your workout for the day. If you are scared people will judge you, I promise they won’t. Everyone is there to get their own workout in, and focusing on yours is at the bottom of their to-do list. If you are worried that you won’t be able to do the exercises, don’t be. Fitness instructors are specifically trained to be able to provide modifications for every fitness level. If you think a class will be too easy, trust me, you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough. All parts of fitness can be made more difficult, so if you want the challenge, just ask. And last but not least, if you are scared you won’t like it.. showing up and trying it out is the only way to find out.
So no matter what fitness level you are, or whether you’ve tried group exercise or not, I suggest you go out there and try it out. Maybe you will realize the only reason you’ve always hated cardio is because you never found the right outlet, but now you can spin, or maybe your knees always hurt because you never knew the proper squat form, but you finally learned in a booty building class.
Photography by Fernando Montenegro
That’s all I have got for today. Get to workin’ and try something new.