January often see’s many people joining a gym for the first time and making a conscious effort to try something new. A new environment can be hard enough without the added fear of not knowing how things work or what to expect, so I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences.
To me, one of the most daunting aspects of joining a gym can be group exercise classes. Many are designed for people of all abilities and you’re never quite sure what you need or what you will be doing.
A really good class, in my opinion, for those who are new or getting back into exercise is Legs, Bums & Tums or LBT as it commonly referred to as.
Every instructor has their own ways of conducting this class and there is no hard and fast rule except that the exercises that you will do will target your legs, bum or tum. As a rule you will not need to take anything with you for an LBT class over than yourself of course and I would recommend taking a water bottle with you as well to stay hydrated throughout the class. I love this one from VS Pink which I think is about £8ish in UK stores.
Some instructors may use small hand weights or bars to increase the intensity of this work out, however, I’ve found this to be quite rare. Remember instructors are there to help so if you’re new, shout up, they’ll make sure that you have any equipment you need to collect from around the studio.
Most commonly all you will need is an exercise mat and after a quick warm up such as jogging on the spot you will do a variety of exercises such as squats, lunges, crunches, leg raises, leg extensions and curls to tone up those areas that we all too commonly despise. You will often do several sets of each exercise, completing either the same or varying reps each time.
One of my favourite LBT exercises you could do at home as well. Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, squat and return to your starting position. Pause and then complete 2 squats. Pause and then complete 3 squats. Repeat until you complete a set of 10 squats. At the end you will have completed 55 squats without realising. You will have that butt you’ve dreamed of in no time!
The reason I think that this is a perfect beginners class is because it tends to be taken at a pace that is comfortable for novices and the instructor will demonstrate the exercises for you. Also it will give you inspiration for other things you can do on the gym floor in addition to cardio.
Do you have a favourite class or are you looking to get inspired this January?