Understand your Goals
The most common goal is to lose weight but other motivators can be to improve self confidence, kick start a fitness routine or meet new people. Whatever your personal motivation, it is important to keep this in mind when you are choosing your fitness provider. If you don’t get the impression that it will be a fun and positive experience for you, then it is probably worth looking at other options.
Timing & Location
Make it easy on yourself. If it is too hard to get there or creates stress in other parts of your life, then it is probably not the right program for you. By choosing a time and location that can easily fit into your routine, you immediately eliminate your barriers to regular exercise. After all, exercise is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not another source of stress in your life.
Choose your Preferred Training Technique
As I mentioned in the introduction, group fitness is not all about being yelled at. The new direction in group fitness means that:
• Not all group fitness providers will yell at you to ‘motivate’ you
• There are alternatives to running around at the crack of dawn
• Not all group fitness classes are the same
The important thing is to take a good look at your trainers qualifications, experience and fitness philosophy. If you think that it will work for you then go for it. Group fitness can be a really positive experience in a great social environment, so take the time to find a provider that fits your needs.