Group Fitness Etiquette

Hellloooooo friends!

Even though it’s only Tuesday night, I already feel the weekend peeking around the corner.  Today was a little bit of a breeze, which I just loved. I worked on a different project at work which was both fun and exciting (like that hopeful feeling you get when you first start a year of school as a child, I love that feeling.) And then, I realized through the grapevine that it was, in fact, a very special day.

That day was National Taco Day.

Well, I really didn’t have much of a choice but to celebrate….

iDelicioso!

Bandido’s is my favorite Mexican spot of all time.  And, somehow, I managed to be lucky enough to live near two locations for the past 6 years.  We used to frequent the one in Chapel Hill every Thursday, me and my girlfriends Kinsley and Claire, and we called ourselves the Bandido’s babes. And I hadn’t been there since JUNE!  The splurge was totally worth it and included a black bean enchilada, a soft chicken taco (I ate about 2 bites of the tortilla, then just went for the fillings) and a side of black beans. Of course, everything was slathered in cheese and salsa.

Perfection.

In other news, I finally got back to Zumba today! And I was in an even better mood because I felt like I was rocking one of my favorite workout outfits.

All black everything.

In an attempt to show off my brightly colored bra, I also managed to call out the power of skeletor in the form of MY COLLARBONE!

Hey there, crazy collarbone. Thanks for coming out.

Fortunately, the collarbone went back inside shortly after and just in time for Zumba.  While in class, though, I got to thinking about Group Fitness Etiquette.  As a huge fan of group fitness classes (in particular, Les Mills classes, Zumba, and newly, Pure Barre!), I think about this a lot. I’ve been in amazing group fitness classes, and stuck in rooms where I felt like everyone was actively trying to kick me in the face [cough BODYCOMBAT cough]. But I like to think that I’ve picked up some pretty good bits of etiquette.

1. If you’re ever doing a move where you’re kicking or punching, LOOK where you’re going! No one came to the gym looking for a fight.

2. If you don’t know the moves, or choose to do moves different than the ones that the instructor is showing, don’t stand in the front of the class.

3. When taking classes like BodyJam or Zumba as an extremely talented dancer, showing off a little is okay. Re-enacting the hit film, Fame, is not. We get it. You got skills. Take them to a dance studio or some reality show, you’re making us feel bad.

4. Ok, I’ll hand it to some folks. If you’ve got the confidence to rock just a sports bra and shorts, more power to you. But tiny booty shorts and a barely-there braziere might not be the best fit for a group fitness class.  Especially one with lots of bending and stretching [crotch shots. nuff said.]

5. Do unto others. If someone slips and falls, don’t laugh. Help them up, offer assistance if it’s needed, get ice. Don’t just ignore them. There’s nothing like slipping on the ground mid class and almost getting trampled because no one has stopped (sidenote: I’ve done this no less than 3 times).

6. Have fun. It’s so sad to see folks who look miserable, so if there is anything that can get you hyped up, it’s probably some exercise.  Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands (or anyone else.)

What are your favorite bits and pieces of group fitness etiquette?

Or… if you’re a runner, what’re some pieces of runners etiquette?

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14 thoughts on “Group Fitness Etiquette

  1. i am about to take my first zumba class ever next week. i read that as a beginner i should stand towards the front so that i can see the instructor better. but according to your etiquette list, i should stand at the back (where i would probably be more comfortable as a newbie anyway). as a zumbaphile, what do you recommend for a beginner??–stand in back and follow others or stand in front and follow instructor?
    p.s. i am SO excited for this class. any first-timer tips for me?

    • Personally, I’d recommend a spot on the side or towards the back (well, that’s what I did, at least!) I like it there because not only can you see the instructor, but other zumb-ites around you!! And I liked it because I wasn’t nervous that everyone would see me mess up. I know that shouldn’t be an issue, but hey, everyone feels self conscious sometimes, right? My tips would probably be:
      -wear comfortable clothes you can move in, but still feel cute in! A lot of folks dress to the nines for Zumba, I’ve noticed, so sometimes I like to join in the fun.
      -Most instructors that I’ve had have said this, so I’m just passing it on, but if you don’t understand the moves (or can’t do them, let’s face it, sometimes I can’t leap and shimmy at the same time) just shake it and have fun with it.
      -Don’t take it too seriously! I sometimes just pretend like I’m in a club dancing with my friends. It’s not Dancing with the Stars, it’s Your workout!!

      Good luck, lemme know how it goes!

  2. Love this post…”no one comes to the gym looking for a fight”…hahaha!

    I especially love the women at the park that walk 3-4 abreast and make no attempt to move for runners or anyone for that matter. When someone is running towards you…MOVE! I thought we all learned this on the playground!

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