Merritt Clubs Blog

Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone with BODYPUMP

Posted by Ryan Wagner

Jan 10, 2017

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

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Topics: les mills, group fitness class

3 Benefits of Group Fitness Classes

Posted by Sterling McKinley

Jan 27, 2016

Whenever someone takes a class for the first time, it can be a little intimidating or overwhelming. When you arrive for your first group fitness class, you do not know how to start or what equipment you should use. A group fitness class should be fun and energizing. The class should also give you a relief from everyday stress, not give you a headache.


Here are some tips to help you handle the first class:


Meet Your Instructor
Introduce yourself to your group fitness instructor. Let your instructor know you are participating in your first class. Your instructor may recognize that you are knew to the class, and he or she will be able to help you with the first steps. Your instructor can get you accustomed to the equipment, and give you helpful advice on what to expect.

Meet Other People
Introduce yourself to anyone standing near you. Most people who participate in group fitness classes are sociable people. When you are running on a treadmill surrounded by people who are pushing you and motivating you to succeed, it can be an amazing experience for you. The other participants can have great information and advice on how to feel comfortable in the class. The other group participants all had a first day of class too, and they stuck with it. So can you!

Try A Few Classes
Before you decide if you like the class, try attending three or four classes first. Not every group fitness class has the same skill level and learning curve. When you go into each class, go in prepared and willing to try new things. If you are participating in a cardio class that has music, you will probably need to learn the steps before you can get down! If you are participating in a strength class, you will have to know your weight limits. Give yourself time to learn everything you need to know before you make a decision.

These tips can help you gain the confidence to participate in a group fitness class. One day you may be able to help a new participant in his or her first group fitness class.

Contact us for more information about group fitness.

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Topics: group fitness class

5 Foods to Help You Last Through Group Fitness Class

Posted by Sterling McKinley

Oct 15, 2015

Do you consider yourself relatively fit but still have trouble getting through an entire group fitness class? If so, the problem could be a matter of diet rather than a lack of resolve. With that said, try adding the following energy boosting foods to your menu rotation:

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Topics: food, food tips, healthy diet, group fitness class, group fitness

One of the Fastest Ways to Get in Shape

Posted by Heather Blake

Aug 29, 2012

Body Pump
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Topics: body pump, Fitness Tips, fun workout, body challenge, get in shape, Awareness and Support, group fitness class, group fitness