Let’s face it. Exercise can be expensive! Over the past few years I have been blessed with the luxury to use personal trainers, go to a yoga studios, and kickboxing classes. I am not rich by any means, but prioritize my spending towards fitness. I understand not everyone may have that choice.
I have strayed away from my college love of gym group exercises classes for the luxury of different studios. However, feeling a little injured and sore after running the Falmouth Road Race and knowing that I am supposed to run the Rock N’ Roll Half in Providence this weekend I knew I had to do my most hated activity. Yoga.
Running late and with no cash on hand, I knew I wouldn’t have time to get to the yoga studio. So instead of doing a yoga workout video, I decided to bring myself to the Gold’s Gym yoga class. To be honest with you it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be!
The instructor was really nice and well informed. I like how they brought in dimmed lights, soft music, and incense. I also liked it was only an hour because I get really bored in the 1.5 to 2 hour classes and usually fall asleep at the end. It also was more like basic stretching, which I can sort of do. I am not trying to be an experienced yogi, I just do the bare minimum I must to prevent injury. I want in and out.
Now the bad part was this. It was loud. Spin in the next room was going on and shaking the wall I was next to. There was no one on one correction or adjustment. There were also no props, tools, and specialty items like the handstand machine. I love that. There was also no massage with tiger balm, warm blankets during shavasana, and no cool lavender eye covers. I SERIOUSLY love that.
However, in tight times this is perfect for someone to try out new activities. I know my gym which is only $19 a month has Zumba, kickboxing, piloxing, yoga, muscle building, spin and more! These classes are great for people of any fitness level and also great for people not wanting to spend a bunch of cash or make a long term commitment to a single exercise discipline.
Question: Do you go to group exercise classes? Which is your favorite?