Each bootcamp class is different so make sure and read-up beforehand so you know what to expect. You will already be a little out of your element going in, so make sure you know the basic structure and muscle group focus (from lower body, to arms and abs) of the class. Research on the studio’s website/online to help you anticipate not only the structure of the class but the areas that will be sore tomorrow.
Arrive 10-15 minutes before your first class and introduce yourself to the instructor. Don’t be shy and make sure they know your name and that it is your first time. Most likely you won’t be alone, there are always new bootcampers in class! Not only will this help you feel more comfortable to ask for help if your confused by a move (skullcrushers.. come again?), but this will also make the instructor more inclined to assist and support you during the class.
Though normal running shoes are accepted in bootcamp classes, typically they do not support the pylometrics and lateral movements included in class. Swap out your Slipstreams for some cross training shoes, like our studio shoe The Latus, will help avoid injury and help you move more effectively. This shoes are great for for weightlifting, bodyweight movements and short runs.
Be extra mindful about the fact that this is a new experience and its okay to not be perfect the first time. Catch any negative self talk or frustration that comes to mind during the class. You are still learning and should be proud of yourself for trying something new.
Be intentional about keeping your core tight especially during heavy reps to make sure and protect your back. Breathe through challenging exercises as your contract your abs and stay safe and resilient through the heavy reps and fast circuits.
Keep your focus on your own treadmill or matt. Do not try and keep up with the person beside you squating 50 pounds or running at a speed of 12! If you are feeling like a million bucks and your body says sprint you sprint but the biggest tip is to be mindful of how you are feeling that day. Listen to your body. Don’t over do it and if you need to do an exercise with a lighter weight than suggested, do it to avoid any injury your first class.
Many of those around you may pack up early and skip the cool down stretch but make sure and stay, especially your first time, to ease soreness, avoid energy and to bring your heart rate down. Added bonus it feels amazing and you leave feeling as zen as a yogi!
Remember what is was like going to your first spin class? Clip into what? Tap it back to who?
The first time doing a new workout is always tricky, go slow be patient and most of all be proud of going out of your comfort zone! YOU got this!