Beginner Basics: 3 Types of Workout Classes at the Gym

One of the values of having a gym membership is that it provides access to a variety of workout classes that one would not otherwise have. If you have a membership to a yoga studio, you’re limited to taking yoga classes and so on.

For gym newbies, the sudden access to so many classes can be overwhelming. What are the most popular classes? Do they require different skill levels? Here are the 3 most common workout classes and what you need to know in order to succeed in them:

1. Spin

“Spinning is a specific format of indoor cycling. Only certified Spinning instructors are allowed to teach ‘Spinning,’ but other group cycling programs exist by different names, and some have their own certifications. Most classes last between 40-60 minutes, although some places offer beginning or intro classes that might be shorter.” – SparkPeople

Read the full breakdown here.


2. Zumba

Zumba is a dance fitness program that incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mamba. They are typically about an hour long and are taught by instructors licensed by Zumba Fitness, LLC. The exercies include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistence training.

“Dance to great music, with great people, and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it.” – Zumba


3. Bootcamp

This is a great way to switch up your normal cardio vs. weights routine. These group sessions typically focus on military-style exercises and functional movements like push-ups, squats, springs, and sit-ups. Most classes last an hour, and the expectation is that if you give 100 percent you’ll get the best results:

“If you are willing to be pushed beyond your comfort zone and trust your instructor, you will see better results than when working out alone” – Ariane Hundt, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp via Greatist


  • Go with it. It’s only an hour, so give each class 100 percent to get the best results. “If you are willing to be pushed beyond your comfort zone and trust your instructor, you will see better results than when working out alone,” Hundt says. One final word of caution: Always listen to your body first and foremost. If you’ve got nothing left in the tank, or feel an injury coming on, remember that no amount of encouragement (or ego) will get you through that last rep safely. So always train smart.

Photo cred: PopSugarA Windy City Momma, The Gym Ft Lauderdale Beach

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