Five tips for choos­ing a group ex­er­cise class and in­struc­tor . . .

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IT CAN be over­whelm­ing to find a suit­able move­ment class, there are many op­tions of ex­er­cise of­fered in nu­mer­ous styles.

Here are five sim­ple tips to help boost your con­fi­dence and avoid in­jury when look­ing for your next The GYROTONIC® method, Yoga or Pi­lates class.

You should com­plete a PAR-Q (Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Readi­ness ques­tion­naire) be­fore start­ing your first class. This pro­vides the gym or stu­dio and in­struc­tors with your health his­tory.

A good in­struc­tor should screen par­tic­i­pants at the start of ev­ery class by ask­ing if there are any in­juries. They should be able to pro­vide mod­i­fi­ca­tions for your abil­i­ties dur­ing the class.

If you feel pain dur­ing a move­ment, then stop and no­tify your in­struc­tor. At no point in any class should you feel pain.

You may feel out of breath or fa­tigued but you shouldn’t feel in pain.

Most classes are lev­elled to en­sure those with sim­i­lar abil­i­ties are grouped to­gether. To avoid in­jury it’s im­por­tant you choose a level suited to where you cur­rently are, not where you hope to be.

Check that your in­struc­tor has full qual­i­fi­ca­tions and com­pre­hen­sive train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially if you have an in­jury or spe­cial con­di­tion. If you would like help choos­ing a move­ment class that is right for you, please call Hara Be­yond Move­ment Stu­dio in West High St, Coffs Har­bour 6652 4462.

Con­tact the pro­fes­sion­als at Hara Be­yond Move­ment Stu­dio.

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