If you're thinking about trying a group sesssion for the first time, congratulations! You're about to embark on a fun and challenging fitness journey.
Group fitness training is a huge. From a simple bootcamp through to CrossFit and everything in between, people love training together as it keeps people engaged, motivated and builds long lasting friendships.
Smith's Fitness was built on our bootcamp sessions which have slowly evolved into a Cross Training program more similar to CrossFit these days.
For those who are unfamiliar, Cross Training at Smith's Fitness is a big mix of highly efffective strength and conditioning workouts combining elements of weightlifting, bodyweight exercises and cardio. It's designed to improve your strength, overall fitness, body composition and your ability to perform functional movements.
So, if you're thinking of jumping in, don't stress, we understand the challenges that come with it and have helped plenty of beginners in the past.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your experience:
Arrive early: It's best to arrive a little earlier or make sure the coach knows you're starting today. This will allow you to have a quick chat with the coach and they can then adjust any specifics of the workout. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have, get a feel for the gym and introduce yourself to other members.
Don't be afraid to ask for help: Group sessions can be intimidating for beginners, but the coaches and other members are there to help you. Don't be afraid to ask for guidance or modifications to the workout if you need them.
Focus on your technique: These workouts can be very challenging, but it's important to prioritise good form over going to heavy or too quickly. This whole fitness thing is a marathon not a sprint. It's best to err on the side of lighter and easier as you'll likely be sore tomorrow anyway.
Scale the workout to your ability: A good group session should always be scalable, meaning that it can be adjusted to suit your fitness level. This is where having a knowledgeable and sensible coach is a must. They should provide you with regressions for certain movements to better suit your current level.
Have fun: Above all, remember to enjoy yourself! Getting started is always a challenge but if you embrace that challenge you'll find these sessions engaging, fun and fulfilling.
I hope that helps, remember it's ok to be a beginner, everyone starts somewhere. The most important thing is that you are there.
If you'd like to try out a complimentary session here at Smith's Fitness feel free to send me a DM on instagram @Smiths_Fitness :)