Group classes are popular because of 2 things: they banish BOREDOM and promote BONDING! Also, it is supervised to a certain extent and can be motivating for clients who need to be pushed.
However, a beginner joining group classes can have his share of risks.
The problem with any group class is that anyone who joins just gets included in the ongoing class. Everyone gets the same process.
A novice needs to build basic strength and conditioning before s/he can be at par with anyone else in the group or even take up the class in the 1st place.
Starting any form of intense activity after a long gap is not advisable.
People tend to outdo each other in a competitive environment and overload themselves individually.
Your checklist before signing up:
- Seek clearance from your doctor/physiotherapist especially if you have a pre existing medical condition.
- Get your fitness levels tested by the instructor.
- Inform your instructor if you have any active/past history of injuries or any other illness.
- The class should be small enough where individual attention is given and the instructor can moderate the class to suit all levels of fitness.
- Mobility drills, dynamic warm ups and passive stretching pre and post workout must not be skipped.
Assess your progression on a periodic basis (every 4-6 weeks).