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Poll: Do You Take Workout Classes?

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It's been a long time since I have taken a workout class at a gym. I normally do my workouts on my own, but I joined a gym a few months ago and want to shake up my workout routines a bit and am now considering going to a few of the classes that they offer. I hate to admit it though, but that makes me nervous and even a little bit scared (even though I have gained a lot of confidence with reaching various goals). What you may not know though, is that I'm not the most coordinated person and I usually have to modify exercises to suit my physical ability/needs, so that is where the feelings of being nervous and scared come in. What if I make a fool of myself in some way (whether it is going the opposite direction and running into someone, dropping a weight if I lose my grip, or just not picking up on what it is that I should be doing)?

Well, I know in the past that I had similar feelings and was able to get past them eventually. Back then, I started out in the back of the class first and would sometimes be towards the front, but never actually in the front. I hated the thought that others might watch me and perhaps criticize my every move. Scary thought, right? I mean, who wants others to watch and criticize you, especially when you are not that coordinated? It's one thing to do workout videos at home -- there is nobody there watching to see all the missteps that you take, but it is a completely different story when you are surrounded by a large group of people that are workout class veterans.

Something I must keep in mind are my past experiences and that as I start going to these classes, over time I will get used to the classes and they won't be so scary. Additionally, isn't it possible that the others are worrying about themselves just as much as I am worried about myself? I think so. If they aren't, and they really are watching me, I suppose I will give them some good entertainment value. At any rate, I have decided to take another big leap in my journey and not worry about what others are thinking about me or if they are watching me mess up some choreography in a workout class. I'm going there for myself to add more variety and challenge to my current workouts and that is what I need to remember, even if I don't do everything perfectly. Despite my feelings of being nervous and a little bit scared to do something new, I have decided it is time for me to leave my comfort zone of working out on my own (at home and in the gym).


Do you take any workout classes? If so, which workout classes are your favorite? Have you been (or are you) scared or nervous to take a workout class? Do you have an recommendations on how to get over those feelings?

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AMANDALAMM83 2/27/2018
I am uncoordinated and need to make modifications too but most teachers, especially the good ones, will show you how to modify them until you are up to speed. And most people are too worried about messing up to watch you do the same. Jump in and find a few you like and stick with them, you quickly feel part of the group and miss it when you can't get there. Good luck! Report
I bellydanced with a group for five years. Loved the exercise and performances but never felt a part of the clique. I did work one on one with a personal trainer. I liked that a lot better. Report
BARCELONAME 12/31/2017
no Report
SABLENESS 12/31/2017
No, not a group class person. I like working out at my own pace, doing my own choices of activity. Iím fortunate to have a small gym at work. Sometimes Iím alone in it, and sometimes others are doing their own workouts. While we donít work out as a group, we do inspire one another. I got brave enough to try the elliptical machine after seeing another heavy woman using it. Another person saw me using hand weights and now does some of what I learned on SparkPeople. Report
WARRIOR11209 12/31/2017
I take step, strength training and spin in group class settings. I love the camaraderie that develops between me and the other participants, it motivates me to go to my fullest!!
HAWKTHREE 12/31/2017
I splurge on pilates classes Report
I'm not a group class person. I'm not self-conscious, b/c I know people have better things to do than think about how imperfect I am -- also, I don't care about other's opinions, generally speaking. Group classes just aren't something I enjoy, and they're too inconvenient for me to rationalize the drive for something I don't enjoy. Also, I can list several instances of instructors just being cruel to people attending these classes. Totally not worth it. Give me a pen & paper, & a quiet place to work out alone any day of the week. Report
LVMS61516 12/31/2017
I'm stepping out of my comfort zone as soon as I'm feeling better and get back to the gym and take some classes too! Report
EO4WELLNESS 12/21/2017
Yes, besides those in school, I have taken online group classes and water aerobics classes. Report
ALUKOWSKY 7/17/2017
I don't take classes; I prefer to work out alone. Report
RITA1956 5/9/2017
I take 6 classes a week at the local YMCA. 3 yogas, zumba, water aerobics, aerobic kickboxing. When I can't do something because of mobility issues or fat issues, I wing it. Chin up, keep moving and never give up! Report
My class is yoga but it's not at the gym. Report
My only class currently is yoga, 3 times a week. I found a beginners' class through my community college, took that, and now have joined a studio. And yes, I have made a fool of myself - fell out of a pose and nearly took out the woman next to me! I'm still going, though. Report
I see this is an older post, but I have found that instructors, now days, really emphasize do what you can and even show modifications, sometimes more than one. How are you doing? did it go well? Report
I'm not coordinated, I'm low impact and was born with leg and foot problems. I modify everything. Sometimes I get strange looks the first time I go to a class, then everyone just excepts the fact I'm there. Sometimes it encourages others to join the class and in one of the back corners you will find a group of us doing our own thing and from the looks of have way more fun. Report
I take two classes at my local YMCA. I take Tai Chi, and Line Dancing. The Tai Chi is challenging but is helping me develop balance and focus. Line Dancing is just fun. At first it was scary because I am the biggest one in the class and my movements are not near as quick and graceful as the others. All of the other members (most of whom are 70 or older except for me and two other ladies) told me just to have a good time and it would eventually come natural. They were right. It gives me a great work out and is lots of fun. Most the time I am only a beat or two behind now! Report
I take spin class twice a week. I really hated it at first, but now it is okay and it is good for me and helped to strengthen my knees. Report
I started in my gym last September with a trainer and she created various circuits for me within the gym with and without machines. I did it for a bit but found that I was getting a bit bored. She also encouraged me to do any of the classes that I felt like doing. I started to do spin class, Brazilian Butt (with abs) and Boot Camp (I tried Zumba but I have two left feet for dancy type of classes). I love what Boot Camp is doing for my form, and the instructor switches things up so that we don't get stuck in a routine. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life. I know that my Achilles Heel is getting bored and that I can slide back - I really need change, motivating instructors and ever changing goals to keep me pumped. I love the classes and the people in them - it's a lot of fun. Report
In September, I started a Step & Sculpt class (aerobics and hand weights.) I only went 1 day a week. I had no idea what all the patterns were. I was always going the wrong direction. But the people don't judge. The teacher is so nice and encouraging. After 6 months, I added the second day a week. I still get lost on some of the moves, but I'm not the only one. And some days I have to just march in place. But I have gotten so strong. I can get up off the floor. I can jump. I can do pushups. My legs are so firm. My arms are stronger. I am so glad that I am doing this class. Report
In the past I have been a member in a gym but for some reason I lost the motivation to go and then for a whole year I end up paying for the cost and not going. I find that there are lots of free activities on the internet for exercise and I also find that walking is suitable at this time. However, if I can get some weight off I might rethink that gym class. Truly, there may be some extra support that wouldn't be otherwise. Report
I wish I could but time and financial constraints keep me from doing so. I would love to swim and do water aerobics as well as try something new like zumba or kickboxing. Report
With my return to consistent physical activity I have only been doing fitness classes - Cycle, Cardio Box, Step, Hot Yoga and Resistance classes (all included in my gym membership). It is the only thing keeping me motivated. Report
I want to, but I'm too shy. Maybe one day. Report
I don't just DO Group classes... I TEACH them! They are my favorite way to workout, as a team!!! But, that being said, I also LOVE a good solo workout where I can just plug in any music I want and just sweat it out! Report
I have done all kinds of group classes. Most of the time I am the only guy in the class. The instructors at the gym I go to are awesome. They don't care that I am the only guy in class. They don't care if I get all of the steps correct or not. All they care about is if I get a good workout while having fun doing what they are teaching. I have done Zumba, Body Pump, Cardio Kickboxing, Piyo, Ploxing, Ballet Fit, Tabata, Total Body Bootcamp, HITT, Turbokick, Strength and Resistance, Max Interval, ect... I go to group classes six days a week. Just got done trying my first ever BOSU class last Saturday. I am going to try a Cardio Funk class the day after Thanksgiving to see what that like. Report
Yes, spinning, weight training, yoga, and sometimes swimming. I am a triathlete, so all these classes give me a built-in coach. Report
no. I normally just do workout videos at home. Report
I do AquaFit on Mondays, AquaZumba on Wednesdays and swim laps & water strength training independently on Fridays. I like working alone, it's meditative for me, but I realize that I will push myself in these classes even though, after three months, I have yet to get the entire routine and still misstep. Haven't bumped into anyone yet, so that's good. I find I laugh a lot in the classes. That's also good. Report
l love zumba, have been doing it for a couple years now. Started taking a bodystep class 2 weeks ago and I really enjoy doing that. Gonna give bodypump a shot tomorrow, hope I survive it. Love doing classes, gives a lot of variance to your workout routine. Report
I joined the Alpha Strong gym in Chico, CA, the Warrior Class. They use tires, sandbags, kettle balls, jump ropes, platforms, weight benches, dumbbells, and our own body resistance. I'm currently turning my guest room into a workout room. We bought the wall T.V. today and I already have aerobic step, weight bench, dumbbells, videos, workout posters, floor mats and a fan. I should be adding more fitness at home this week on top of going to the gym. Report
I practice yoga at a yoga studio. I'm 62 and have only been doing yoga for 6 months. I also jog on the streets around my city. I've decided that my "ego is not my amigo" when it comes to exercise and fitness, so I put it away and feel proud of my efforts to take care of my body. What others think of me is not my business, as the saying goes. Report
I take a body pump, and a body attack class at my gum. I really enjoy both of these classes. Report
I do Zumba and spinning. I receive a lot of support from group classes. Just started exercising and I heard spinning is great cardio. I'm working up to completing the spinning class. So far up to 40 minutes. Let them no your new to group exercise and you will gain support to help you through the class. Zumba is fun. Everyone miss steps, I just do what I can do. Report
I do AquaZumba Wednesdays, AquaFit Mondays and I do laps on Fridays. The classes are really fun. I've been away for a few months due to a knee injury but have been swimming laps and doing the PT water exercises at least twice per week. Looking to get back on the three days per week starting this Monday. The classes are really fun and I don't think anyone is looking at anyone except the instructor. And, why should you care what they think anyway. Just go and have fun. Report
A coworker told me about her boxing classes at Title Boxing here in TX. She invited me to go with her and it was a blast. Having someone there that knows what is going on was a huge help. Unfortunately I work nights and the classes just don't work well with my schedule. Report
I think you have to actually try a class more than once before you decide to ditch it. My first zumba class I was so angry and frustrated that I couldn't get the moves right that I swore I wasn't going to go back. I did go back a couple weeks later and try it again and was amazed at how much easier it was the second time and now I love zumba. I also do yoga, pilates, tai chi, qigong, water aerobics (deep and shallow) and just started a circuit training class. I like a LOT of variety in my workouts and think I have a good balance between the different types. I highly recommend classes because I feel I try/work out much harder, longer and am expected to show up. No more excuses! Report
I do Zumba at least once, 2-3 times a week if I can fit it in. I also will take a barre class, bootcamp or cardio sculpting class when I can fit them in. I'm much more likely to push myself in a group setting than I would at home watching a video. Report
Zumba primarily, yoga (rarely), pilates (sometimes), bodyworks w/abs (often)...and guess what...I don't care if I mess up or can't keep up. I do my thing and aim to do better the next time. I really don't think anyone cares about the next person's imperfections in class...some ppl are way to sensitive and swear everybody is looking at them. I've found that most are really focused on themselves so have no time to notice your mistakes let alone laugh. In general, they are pretty helpful in my experience. Guess I'm lucky not to be at a snobby gym. Report
I love the core and abs class, step and spin. Report
I understand about the nervousness, so I will read about the benefits of the class. I talk myself into going because I want these benefits=) My favorites classes are BodyPump and Aqua Zumba--I too am uncoordinated, so I don't do Zumba, but AquaZumba is fun cause it's in the water. Make a deal with yourself to try 1 new class a month, and if you don't like it you don't have to go back--but at least you tried=)
I love my Pilates class and try to go twice a week. Last week, however, I was embarrassed and actually got laughed at for doing something really awkward because I couldn't hear and I couldn't see the instructor. It was kind of funny and they were trying to be nice and make it better but I was being sensitive and it hit me wrong. It's taking some time to get over it and tomorrow will be my first day back at class since it happened. Yes, I'm going back because I've been going to that class for over a year and love how much it's helped me in so many ways. I don't want to ruin it for myself. I am not a workout class person either and I HATE being embarrassed. I am horribly uncoordinated and can never follow moves. :-( Anyway, my plan is to move to a different location in the class so I can see and hear better. I even already talked (via email) to the instructor about it. I don't think she really understands how it hit me because she's just got a thicker skin than I have but at least I addressed it and I am moving forward and not letting it ruin things for me.
Sure, I'll probably be a bit different than I had been before but I think I'll eventually get over it. I wish these things didn't bother me so much, but they do.
So, despite being embarrassed in class, I am still going to go - FOR ME!! :-) Report
I generally take a Spin class on Sundays, Step aerobics on Mondays, PiYo on Wednesdays, yoga on Fridays, and Zumba on Saturdays. I love classes. :)

I need to do more weight lifting, which I do on Tuesdays, and think I might trade out Friday yoga for weights. I don't like the weightlifting class, I prefer to do it on my own. Report
I Zumba 3 to 4 times out of the week. I also do body pump (weights) twice a week, Body Combat once a week and most recently U-jam once a week. I love the variety I get by taking the group classes. To be honest with you I believe no one is there to judge and everyone is to into just accomplishing a great workout. The group classes also help me stay motivated. Report
I do two Aqua Fit classes a week, one Yoga class, and 1 -2 Urban Poling classes. Hoping to get in on a Zumba Gold class this fall. Eleanor Roosevelt said "You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.Ē - So throw on your gear, and get moving! Report
Spinning classes... hard but I love them! Report
When I was younger I went to the gym with my father. Someone there didn't like that a young kid was at the gym and was very rude to me. It made me even more self conscious and I quit going. As an adult I still had those feelings, as though I didn't belong or was doing it all wrong. I found going with a friend helped make those feelings to dissipate. You still feel goofy, but you're not alone. Perhaps taking a friend to your fitness class would help you to feel more comfortable. Report
I go to seated Yoga and seated Weight & Balance classes four days a week, I also take a weekly Zumba Gold class. I wish there was a pool nearby that wasn't so highly chlorinated - can't breathe. Report
I do a water aerobics class 3-4 Times per week. It is the best thing to do with arthritis, trying to stay in shape waiting for knee replacements. Report
I do a zumba class once a week. I also do it at home. If you are scared about going to a class. Give yourself permission to do half hour or one evening, if you like it great, if not at least you got moving. Don't stop there, continue to look for something you do like. There are various kinds of videos on youtube. I hope this has helped. Report
I LOVE workout classes. It's a completely different experience doing the class in person versus a video. I used to love step class, but ever since I did Zumba, that's my workout of choice. My instructor is an AMAZING dancer and she kicks our butt every time! I can't keep up yet or do some of the moves, but I just keep moving. Zumba makes my heart smile. Report
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