There are an infinite number of ways to work out and get fit. Some days you want to get in a quick cardio session on the treadmill; others you focus on strength, lifting weights and pumping iron to sculpt and tone your body. Regardless of which activity you choose it’s easy to fall into a pattern, and doing the same ol’ routine time and again can feel a little stale. On top of that when your body gets used to the routine it stops responding. Feeling bored AND not seeing results is a recipe for disaster.
That’s where group fitness classes come in.
Not only do they offer you a way to shake things up and re-engage with your workouts in a new way, but they give you the opportunity to break a sweat with other like-minded members and take advantage of the instruction and expertise of a fitness pro.
If you haven’t been to a group fitness class before then let this summer be the season you try something new and shake up routine!
To make getting started as easy as possible, we asked two of our fitness experts, Tannaz from our Studio City club and Larissa from Westlake Village club, which classes they recommend for members just starting out. Each fitness expert was asked to provide two, intermediate level full-body workout classes, and one all levels class. Here’s what they shared:
If you’re a beginner or intermediate level fitness enthusiast and haven’t tried any group fitness classes before Tannaz recommends Dance It Out, Body Blast or Yoga classes.
● Dance It Out (DIO) incorporates cardio exercises with dance moves for a workout that’s as effective as it is fun.
● Body Blast classes emphasize core engagement while targeting the larger muscle groups of the upper and lower body. It’s a full body workout designed to make you feel stronger and more empowered.
● Yoga classes are accessible and beneficial for everyone. They help increase your range of motion, balance, and flexibility, as well as help you de-stress after a long day.
Larissa recommends Ball Blast, Body Blast and Silver Fit Classes.
● Ball Blast is all about core engagement, strength and balance. While all exercises in this class can be performed on the floor or with a stability ball, the stability ball builds strength faster because your core muscles need to work harder to maintain balance. .
● Body Blast class is a full body workout that uses weights and interval training techniques to improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength.
● Silver Fit classes move at a slower-pace and are perfect for those just dipping their toe into the fitness class waters. Silver Fit classes focus on balance, cardio and stretching with gentle, low-impact movements that won’t strain your joints.
While all of our classes are different, and some are more intense than others, each is designed to let you move at a pace at which you’re comfortable – or slightly uncomfortable if you really push yourself. Our seasoned team of instructors will keep your body moving while keeping a keen eye on form to keep you safe and free from injury. Exercise modifications, alternative movements and/or lighter weights are always offered to students who are struggling or have movement restrictions.
Click here to find your club’s Group Fitness schedule or, if you’re still at a loss for where to begin, check out our Group Exercise Class Quiz to discover the perfect class for you.
* Please note that not all Total Woman clubs offer the same classes. Check with your club's Fitness Manager for the best options on classes for Beginners!