Fitness tips: how to get the most out of exercise classes?

Be steady If you are a beginner, it is good to start with just two sessions per week. After a month of attending only two to three classes per week, you can add another class after a month. Intermediate to advanced exercisers should attend four to five higher intensity classes per week.

Mix it up Choose a variety of exercise classes you like, so you are more likely to keep at them. Mixing up two to three strength workouts with two to three conditioning workouts is good. Then, add one or two recovery sessions like stretching, yoga, or long walks. Change what you do every four to six weeks. The Fitt principle is frequency, intensity and time. You can increase your strength, increase resistance on the indoor bike, or change the pace of your workouts.

You need a plan An end goal is essential. You can lose weight by taking a mix of cardio-focused and strength classes. Yoga or Pilates can be added to increase flexibility and reduce stress. Your ideal week is what you plan and the one that you stick to.

Do not forget to take a break Get at least two days of rest per week. Even Olympic athletes need to take a break from time-consuming activities and allow their bodies to reset.

Kate Maxey , Third Space’s Strength and Conditioning Master Trainer, is .

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