Thursday, 27 November 2014

Common Gym Mistakes and Simple Solutions to them - Part 11

11. Only Going to Exercise Classes. Which Class is Best?

Classes are fun, they can be productive but what people forget it that all classes are generic, they are not specific (Part 3) to you. You may want to improve your Legs, Bums and Tums (LBT) but that does not make a LBT class specific to you. Your LBT may be far stronger or weaker than those the class is aimed at, for example.

I can understand why, for some people, working out on your own is just not your thing and some people just won’t do it. So if classes are the only thing that floats your boat here is how to get the most out of them.

Firstly, follow all the information in this series of blogs. Just because it’s a class does not mean you can not; Keep it simple, Keep it specific(ish), select the correct training intensity and so on.

Secondly, and this can be tricky, find a way of logging/recording what you do. So if you do a Pump Class then record the weights you lifted for each exercise so you then know what to use next time and try to increase the weights every 2-3 weeks. You could use a heart rate monitor (can be cheap like this one) and record you max heart rate, average heart rate, calories burned etc.

Thirdly, choose a class that is appropriate to your goals. If you want to lose weight then I would suggest going to an Abs Class is not specific, but a good Box Fit class would be.

Fourthly, mix and match, don’t just do the same old class again and again. Our bodies adapt quickly so fresh stimuli is needed for the body and the mind. Some classes are too specific such as Spin and miss out large parts of the body.

Finally, try something new. The class that you think you will hate is probably the class that will do you the most good. All humans shy away from things we don’t like and the gym is no different. Yet, in the gym the reason we don’t like something is probably down to a weakness or inability that will only improve by training that muscle/function etc.