While we understand how busy everyone is and how hard it is to get everywhere on time, it is really important that people don’t enter a class 5 minutes after the class has started… but why is this so important?
All Group Fitness classes are structured in a specific way. The structure of the class is important to provide a safe and effective workout for the participants, and this structure always includes a WARM-UP. This usually least for 5-10 minutes and is a vital part of the session which should not be missed. Before the class actually starts, the instructor undertakes a class ‘screening’. It is during this time that the class is asked if they have any injuries, are new, are pregnant or have any other conditions which may affect their workout. If you enter the class late, you will miss this part of the class and may not be able to inform the instructor of any conditions you may have. This is important, as it will let the instructor know of any modifications they may need to provide certain people.
What Is Involved In A Warm-Up?
The warm-up at the start of a class is designed to increase circulation, increase body temperature and bring the heart rate up. A warm-up may also include stretches which warms the muscles and prepare them for the movements they will be required to carry out during the activity. The warm-up should loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. It prepares the body for sudden movements in the class which will follow. The exercises carried out following the warm-up should ONLY be done once the muscles are warm; this will prevent injuries. The warm-up is also a good opportunity for the class to prepare themselves mentally for the class. It is a time when the instructor may connect with the class and let them know what they have planned for the remainder of the session.
The most important reason for doing a warm up is to prevent injury during exercise. Keeping the muscles warm will prevent acute injuries and will help reduce the risk of overuse injuries by allowing the body to prepare steadily and safely.
So, if you find yourself running more than 5 minutes late for a class, why not check our class timetable to see if you can make it to a later class. Otherwise, you could do a quick session on the treadmill or in the weights room and next time give yourself plenty of time to arrive before the class starts and have a fantastic and safe work out.