What to Expect: Urban Fit Edition

When you’re new to exercise, or new to the YMCA, it’s hard to decide on, or develop a new fitness routine. It’s hard to know where to start. Are you more comfortable using weight machines, or are you more comfortable jumping into a Zumba class?

There is no right answer.

Personally, I’m never very comfortable doing either, but stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing. So last week, I tried a brand new class that I’ve never tried before: Urban Fit.

It wasn’t as scary as it seems

It sounds intense: Urban Fit. I had expected to walk into a room full of young, hip people who do this every week. I thought I’d be behind everyone else, but it was a small class, only a few people who stopped by on their lunch breaks. It wasn’t their first time, but they weren’t experts either. It was nice to see that they were just as nervous about the start of class as I was.

Arrive early

At least fifteen minutes early. You can speak with the instructor, and take your time setting up. Ask what equipment you need, if any, and inform them of any injuries you have. Getting there early allowed me to introduce myself, get a feel for the room, and set up my exercise space.

It was tough

Not so tough, that I couldn’t do it, but it was definitely a really good workout. It was tough to learn new equipment, like Battle Ropes and sand bags, but it was great to take a class where you can take pieces of it and utilize it in your own workout.

It was high intensity

We had minimal breaks, always moving. We did a few different circuits that worked out entire body: legs, abs, arms, back, shoulders, and other muscles I didn’t even know I had. We used Battle Ropes, sand bags, and weights.

Push yourself

I absolutely hated doing the Battle Ropes. It was extremely strenuous, but the instructor was there to support me—told me to keep going and that I was doing great. It’s always nice to have someone there to coach you, and that’s what’s so great about Y instructors!

You learn moves you can do on your own

I think the best part about Urban Fit is that I could take each of the exercises we did and do them on my own. It’s nice to be led my instruction, but even better to have new skills to take away.