Much will depend on the aerobics class. Let’s take step for example. Now I want to apologize to any step instructor out there. I am sure everyone does a great job but let’s break this format down
Constant pounding on your ankles by going up and off the step
Result, more pressure on your knees
More pressure on your hips
More pressure on your lower back
A format such as this will not be overly beneficial to the body. Once a craze, step is slowly fading away from the group exercise world. However, other classes such as Zumba are great forms of aerobic exercise. The twisting and turning may be tough on everything listed above but the impact will be slightly less.
You should try giving these classes a try and who know, you may truly enjoy and your body may respond well. If that occurs, then keep at it!
Ok so I got that out of the my system let’s move on to the factual stuff.
Is fitness classes for everyone??
This all comes down to each individual, every person has a different way of moving, your biomechanics, fitness level, and responding to the class.
It’s a great way to socialise with different people but when it comes to individuality it’s a BIG no for me. If you are going to try any classes I would avoid any high impact initially and try more classes that is more focuses on core training and posture, such as yoga, Pilates, and abs.
Here is another example, let’s take insanity, great workout for an advance person but not so good for a beginner.
WHY? Because it can do more harm and damage to your body and joints because it’s a very high impact workout, If you do not have the strength, fitness level, and technique your body will feel it in a bad way soon or later. I have seen so many times people complaining during the classes that they can’t squat because of their knee and back, it hurts every time they jump.
SO… If you ask them why do they do it if it’s hurts? Most of the time it goes something like this… It’s what I have to do to keep fit. 😳
If that’s what your perception of being fit and healthy is, than you got a lot to learn.
Don’t take me wrong I am all for fitness, exercising and so on but you got to do it in a way that your body feels strong and stable before any high impact classes and training. This means you will need to initially work on some foundation muscles to help strengthen your FOUNDER muscles which involves your back, core and hip muscles, these are the foundation of your body.
If the Foundation muscles are weak you will more likely end up with an injury and you will struggle to progress.
“Think of the Foundation muscles as the foundation in a building, you can not build a building without a foundation otherwise it will eventually end up with problems and possible it will collapse as due to structural problems.”
Our body acts in a very similar way, so if you exercising and applying a lot of external stress, eventually your joints and muscle will start to ache, over time this will become a major issue with your knee, back and hip joint.
TAKE HOME POINT
My recommendation for you is to find your self a coach or a trainer that can help you build in your foundation muscles, to improve your technique, and posture this process will make your journey into the fitness industry much easier and safer for the long run.
For more information, send me a message and I will be able to book you for a FREE consultation and PT taster session to get you in the right track.