5 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Next Group Workout

5 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Next Group Workout

Chicago Group Exercise Classes:

It’s a new year, and time for a new you! Switch up your workout routine with Chicago group fitness classes, which can help you get in shape and meet a community of other gym-goers who have the same goals in mind. No matter your age or fitness level, group classes are always a fantastic way of reaching your exercise aspirations. Make the most of your next class by steering clear of these five mistakes:

  1. Not Asking Questions

At CrossTown Fitness, you walk into the gym not knowing what your workout will entail. Each class is different, and contains a number of various strength and cardio exercises. Consistently switching up the exercises and the muscle groups that you train ensures that you’re getting a total body workout every time. If you’re ever performing an exercise for the first time, never be afraid to ask how to do it! After all, the personal trainers are there to answer your questions. It’s better to ask then to perform an exercise with poor form, which can lead to injuries. 

  1. Comparing Yourself to Others

It’s hard to not look around to others in the class, wondering if they’re using a heavier weight or if they’re completing more reps in set than you are. However difficult this may be, it’s essential to focus on you, and only you. Everyone in class is at a different fitness level, so it would be unfair and inaccurate to compare yourself. With each class you attend, try competing against yourself. Try to get in one more rep in the next set that you did in the last, or increase your treadmill speed with each round. The more you concentrate on challenging yourself, the closer you’ll be to achieving your fitness goals.

  1. Worrying About What You Look Like

Nobody looks good while they’re profusely sweating and on their ninth burpee. That’s just the way it is – never be ashamed if you’re shaking trying to get through those last five seconds of a plank hold, or dripping sweat sprinting through the remainder of your treadmill workout. Everyone in your class is in the same boat – focus on getting through one rep at a time.

  1. Using the Wrong Weights

Using weights that are too easy to lift won’t produce any real results, while opting for weights that are too heavy can end up causing injuries. It’s essential to find weights that are appropriate for your fitness level. If you finish a set of exercises feeling like you could have done a few more, you can probably try switching to a heavier weight. However, if you’re struggling to complete a rep with good form, you may want to think about experimenting with a lighter weight.

  1. Not Cooling Down

It can be tempting to collapse onto the ground after your last rep is finished and your workout is complete. However, it’s important to give your body time to cool down, and let your heart rate gradually decrease. If you just finished sprinting on the treadmill, bring it down to a slow jog and then a walk.

 

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