How Do I Choose the Best Aerobic Studio?

B. Leslie Baird

Choosing the best aerobic studio is a matter of deciding which studio will meet your individual needs. Choices in aerobic studios might seem overwhelming, but with a little research, your final decision should not be difficult. There are several factors to consider, and you should weigh how important each factor is in making your final choice. Among the factors to consider are the location of the aerobic studio, its hours of operation, the terms of membership, the instructors and the exercise programs that are offered.

Choose a studio that offers programs you like, such as Zumba classes.
Choose a studio that offers programs you like, such as Zumba classes.

Consider the convenience of the location and the amount of time that it will take to get to a class. An aerobic studio that is on your way home from work or regular errands might be an ideal choice. Locations that are available for exercise seven days a week provide more opportunities for a workout. Some facilities are open 24 hours a day, and others have early morning and late evening hours. If a facility is not open during hours that are convenient for you, it is not a good choice.

Step aerobics classes can offer a good way for beginners to work on cardiovascular activity.
Step aerobics classes can offer a good way for beginners to work on cardiovascular activity.

Another factor of an aerobic studio that can affect your decision is the terms of the contract that is required for membership. Some facilities will offer classes and memberships on a yearly or two-year contract. Pay special attention to all of the details in the contract before you sign any documents. You might be required to pay fees even if you choose to stop taking classes. If a long-term commitment does not meet your needs, find a gym that offers monthly membership or drop-in choices.

Take some time to observe an actual class or workout session. Pay attention to how the aerobics instructors interact with participants. Some people respond well to a harsh approach, and others require gentle encouragement. If the instructor’s style is not appropriate for you, then your enjoyment of the class will be diminished.

Choose an aerobic exercise studio that offers programs that meet your style. Zumba, step aerobics, water-based activities and even kickboxing are all forms of aerobic exercise. The more you enjoy the exercise, the more likely you are to continue with it. Also consider your level of physical ability, and do not risk injury by exceeding your limits. The aerobic studio that you choose should provide a trainer for consultation.

Finally, take the time to visit the aerobic studios you are considering during the time when you will be using the facilities. This will provide you with a good idea of how busy the studio is when you want to work out and how much personal attention you will receive. Your chances for success at an aerobic studio that you enjoy are much greater than at one that does not meet your needs.

Aerobic studios that are available for exercise seven days a week provide more opportunities for a workout.
Aerobic studios that are available for exercise seven days a week provide more opportunities for a workout.

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