After weeks and weeks of telling that one friend you-kinda-know-but-aren't-really-that-close-with you'll take a HIIT class with them, you FINALLY bite the bullet and give in. First of all, *snap, snap, snap* props to you! Making a lifestyle change can be intimidating, humiliating, and hell, down right scary; yet the journey toward real results is one of the most empowering feelings you will ever experience. Yasssss for you!
By this point, you've probably gone through sixty different emotions: fear, regret, excitement, anger, anxiety--the works. Though you might be more anxious than excited, how you're feeling is completely normal. Fear not, young grasshopper. I've compiled my top 3 steps to help you survive your first HIIT class and have fun in the process! After all, F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and--nevermind, that's enough. By the end of this article, you should be ready to conquer your first class, feeling like "New Me, Who Dis?"
1. It will be Intense
Get this in your mind and let it marinate. This class is not going to be easy--it's not supposed to be. Intensity is the first founding principle of the H-I-I-T class, so expect to SWEAT and expect to Feel the 'Bern! Don't allow that to scare you, though. This class is meant to challenge you both physically and mentally in a very short amount of time--that's how you see results. Prepare your mind in advance for the challenge, accept it, and conquer it! Give it everything you have, and leave it all on the floor!
2. You'll Need to Listen to Your Body
A HIIT Class may have you questioning your whole life existence during the process ("Like...what is life anymore?"), but that's normal. The most important thing is to listen to your body. If you are just starting your fitness journey and are having some difficulty performing one of the motions, take it down a notch. The instructor will also give you a modified version to assist with any corporal restrictions. While it is important to push yourself, it is also important to take a break when your body tells you to do so. If your lungs are hurting and you can't feel your fingers or chest, take a step back to ensure that you are okay and jump back in. If ever you feel lightheaded, let someone know because that's never a good sign! Scaling back does not mean you're quitting.
3. You'll Gain a Family
Your HIIT classmates become some of your best friends and support system while you're in the gym. They're the ones who push you when you need it most and tell you to keep going when you want to quit. At BodyFitMD, our community is out of this world. We lift each other up, and celebrate through our feats. This is by far my favorite part about fitness--the family. You and every person in your class are allowing yourselves to feel vulnerable and experience pain and stress together. If that isn't family, I don't know what is. Find commonality in how challenged you were during your morning workout and dwell on the success over the weeks of getting fine! HIITs are amazing for the transformation of the mind and body, so get up, get to it, and get your backside in the studio! We can't wait to SWEAT with you!
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