The 1 Thing To Do Before Every New Workout

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
It seems like every day there’s a new, cool workout class to try. From fresh mash-ups like the yogaCHARGED class at NYC's The Movement to upgraded classics like heated Pilates at L.A.'s latest studio addition, the possibilities are endless.
Bouncing around classes and trying new options is a great way to keep your mind and muscles guessing; variety helps prevent plateaus as well as boredom. How do you ensure your first workout is safe and fun? By telling your instructor it's your first time. (Also, be sure to note any injuries and whether you're pregnant.) You want your workout to be tough, but not unbearable, and this simple-but-often-overlooked step ensures you'll receive extra attention and necessary modifications from the instructor. After all, proper form is key to seeing results and warding off potential injury.
Of course, you can always check to see if the class has a “workout trailer,” or try this three-tiered approach to nailing your first time. Now, the odds will always be in your favor.

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