Other than a couple of Zumba classes while we lived in North Carolina, I’ve never been much for group workout classes. My tendency is to put on my headphones, crank up the music, and get busy with my personal workout – whether that’s lifting weights or some form of cardio.
A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to to try the beginner’s kickboxing class that the Harbor Recreation Center provides. I’m not sure what influenced me to want to take this class, but it sounded like fun. Initially, it was really hard because I had no idea what I was doing, and I didn’t know anyone else there – not to mention I rarely used the muscles necessary for kickboxing. But I stuck with it, and I’ve gone twice a week nearly every week since then.
Though the workout facilities are free, the group classes cost a small fee. If you simply want to pay for the class you are attending, it’s 25SAR ($6.50USD). If you want a monthly pass to attend any of the classes you want as often as you want, it’s 200SAR ($53USD) for a 30 day period. You can pay for the classes by cash or by credit card, which I didn’t know at first. In fact, sometimes I used my lack of cash as an excuse not to go to a class. Oops.
It seemed a little steep to do the monthly pass, but for the stretches of time when we are here consistently for 30 days, if I go to kickboxing at least twice a week, I easily end up spending 200SAR. If I do the monthly pass, that allows me to try out new classes, too. Since we were going to be here for all of October, I decided to do a monthly pass so that I could go to kickboxing twice a week and try out some of the other classes. This month, I also attended a spin class as well as a few circuits classes that have been really good and challenging, and they serve as a great place to meet new people!
Each class is about 45 minutes long with some cool down time at the end. I usually allot about an hour for each class. Classes are taught by the staff at the recreation centers, and you can choose from a variety of times and classes. You can take yoga, HIIT classes, spin classes, circuits, and bootcamp to name a few, and there are classes offered in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings – most of them are offered more than once a week. Community members can easily access the schedule of all the activities on the internal community website to plan which classes they want to attend each week.
I try to register for classes ahead of time in case they fill up (which has happened to me once), but most of the time classes aren’t full. Registering reserves your spot for the class and there’s no penalty if you don’t show up. I’ve found it motivates me more to head to the gym if I know I’m signed up to take a class.
I was a little intimidated by the concept of group workout classes since I didn’t have much experience with them, but I’m glad I tried it. It makes for a really fun workout experience.
Are there workout classes you’ve thought about trying?