Okay, I totally get it. Going to a new studio can be really intimidating. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of newbie appearances. Since joining ClassPass, I’ve attended over 300 classes at boutique fitness studios across the country. Through CP, I’ve discovered classes and instructors that I love and I’ve even made IRL friends so trust me when I say the juice is worth the squeeze. Peep my tips below so you can try new classes like a pro.
DO SOME RESEARCH
The internet and social media is your friend. Before booking a class I hop on Google and check for reviews of the studio and classes I’m interesting in attending. I also check the location geo-tag on Instagram to get an authentic (user-generated) feel for what the culture at the studio is like. (This also paints a pretty good picture of what the studio looks like aesthetically too!) Additionally, it helps to be prepared and know what to expect. Especially in regard to the things you might need to bring – like a towel, mat, water bottle, etc.
GET THERE EARLY
Getting there early will help relieve some of the stress that comes with finding the actual studio. Nothing is worse than rushing to a new studio and not even knowing exactly where you’re going. (I hate being late!) It is also nice to get there a few minutes early to meet the instructor and learn the lay of the land. You might also need a quick rundown on how to use the machines and equipment too. Getting there early will give you the confidence boost you need to be brave during class so you can relax and enjoy yourself.
I know this one is easier said than done but trust me sucking it up and attending a new class has so many perks. It is normal to feel a bit insecure in a new environment but trust me, no one is judging you. Everyone else in class is too focused on their own performance to notice who is new in class. I know it might seem like a tight community but new people are walking through the door every.sing.day. And not only that, people of all fitness levels are attending class so don’t feel pressured to be perfect. After all, we’re just working out and fitness is supposed to be fun.
HAVE AN OPEN MIND
Try everything. That is what makes it so much fun – the adventure. Having an open mind will expose you to some of the most gnarly workouts (like Rise Nation, WOW!). Some you will love (and hopefully become your favorites) and others you might hate but that’s just part of the journey. It will keep things fresh and help you from getting bored with your workouts.
A SMILE GOES A LONG WAY
I know it sounds silly but when you’re the girl smiling in class, you’re way more approachable. Plus, smiling is contagious. Instructors love a happy/positive student. It lightens the mood in the room and really feeds the energy in class. You’ll also have an easier time making new workout buddies.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Once you’ve got that first class under your belt, stick with it. Try to attend classes at similar times so that you start to see familiar faces. In no time at all, you’ll build relationships with them and the instructors. Making your workouts social makes them even more fun and holds you accountable to show up.
This goes beyond class. Don’t be shy and share your experience on social media. Studios and instructors love feedback + reviews. I’ll often times follow the studio (and maybe the instructor) on Instagram after class. It is a great way to break the ice and connect with likeminded peeps. It might even help them recognize you when you attend your next class.