Group exercise isn’t just for other people. It’s for everybody – and that includes you. If you’ve never tried a group exercise class like mine before, it’s not unusual to be anxious about it. People can feel nervous for all sorts of reasons: sometimes they feel like the class will be too tough for them, they worry about getting sweaty or out of breath in front of others, or fear that the instructor will be an unforgiving drill sergeant determined to make an example out of the new girl toiling away at the back.
My professional organisation, EMDUK, have noted that “in an effort to attract more participants, it’s not uncommon for instructors to try and make their classes harder than anyone else’s on the schedule. And while this may indeed be a good way to appeal to the hardcore of the group, it’s equally as likely to turn the novice off – not to mention heighten the risk of them injuring themselves.” I can tell you now, that’s not my way of doing things. Pain and punishment have no place in my classes. It’s all about feeling good and enjoying exercise.
My classes reflect the fact that I want more people like you joining in with group exercise, no matter your level of experience, and even more so if you’re currently inactive or (like me) you hated PE at school. Why? Because, as EMDUK says, "group exercise is one of the best ways to start enjoying a healthier lifestyle - physically and mentally - and it’s a whole lot of fun as well."