5 Things You Should Always Do in a Fitness Class

The beauty of ClassPass is that you can experiment with a wide range of fitness classes. Cycling, Pilates reformer, dance… you name it. While it’s always fun to try new workouts and shake up your fitness routine, it can certainly be intimidating to test out new exercises and workout equipment you’re not familiar with. And, while our studios and instructors are always there to help make any newcomer feel welcome in class, it’s always helpful to come prepared and know what to expect beforehand.

That’s why we put together this “checklist”—a list of all the things you should always do in a fitness class, no matter what type of exercise you’re trying. So say bye-bye to nerves, because you’ll always be prepared if you do these five things:

1. Get There Early

Parking, train delays, traffic… no matter how far away the GPS says you are from the studio, always be on the safe side and plan to arrive early to class. Not only will you avoid a lateness fee, but being early to class also has its perks! You can often snag your favorite spot in the room, have time to rent equipment like cycling shoes or mats, and warm up your body with a stretch.

2. Put Your Phone Away

We know it can be tempting to post an Instagram of your mirror selfie or a Snapchat of the cool new class you’re trying, but—without risking sounding too much like your high school science teacher—phones can be disruptive and distracting to everyone in class, including you! Trust us, you’ll get a much better workout without your phone in tow, and having a little bit of a digital detox for an hour or so will only help clear your mind and destress your body.

3. Hydrate Before, During and After

Let’s face it: water is essentially the answer to any problem. Feeling hungry? Drink some water first. Tired? You’re probably dehydrated. Workout feeling more challenging than usual? Have you had enough water today? Never head to class without a bottle of H2O in tow—no matter how strenuous (or easy) you think the workout will be. A few sips before and during class will ensure you are able to reach your max potential, and rehydrating afterward will assist in recovery.

4. Let Your Instructor Know If You Have Any Injuries

More often than not, your instructor will ask if you have any injuries you’d like him or her to know about before starting class—but no matter what, don’t be afraid to speak up and let him or her know. This helps the instructor keep in mind what moves may or may not be right for you, and allows them to offer modifications that are more in tune with what your body needs.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

First pilates reformer class and you’re not sure what the colored resistance bands mean? Unclear on how to set up your cycling bike? You just simply couldn’t hear what sequence the instructor wants you to try next? In every class you take, no matter the type or the instructor, never be afraid to speak up. Ask, clarify, comment… do whatever you need to do to ensure you have the best class experience and get the most out of your workout.

Stephanie Limiti is a born and raised New Yorker living out her dreams of palm trees and sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not zenned out in yoga class, she's reading biographies and volunteering at dog rescue shelter. Follow her on Instagram.