20 Aug

Fitness classes are for men too!

The elegant-looking yoga poses, the bouncy dance moves, the group settings… it all seems a bit too ‘feminine’ doesn't it? After decades of the fitness industry marketing classes towards female clients it’s no wonder why people may think this way. It can be hard to escape the stereotype that fitness classes are a woman’s domain but at Fitness 360 - classes are for everyone, and we're doing our best to tackle the stigma!

The thought of ‘toning up’ rather than ‘gaining’ may come across uncharacteristic for men and that’s quite frankly understandable. Men have also had to face decades of marketing messages, but ones that encourage them to bulk up by working out at the gym – something usually done on their own.

To them, participating in cardio-based classes such as bodyweight burn sessions or bootcamp might feel like taking a step back in progressing towards their gains.

Plus, yoga and pilates classes look super easy and so therefore inefficient, right? 

It’s often forgotten that the key in creating an efficient workout regime is variation. We also shouldn’t overlook the social aspect of classes and the great mental health benefits that this can bring.

Fitness 360 Supervisor, Jess Ward reached out to several of our male class enthusiasts, to find out why they attend and what keeps them coming back to studio classes at Fitness 360...

JESS MET MIKE HEWISON, WHO ENJOYS FOUR STUDIO CLASSES A WEEK AT FITNESS 360

Jess: What classes do you take at Fitness 360? 

Mike: I have tried various classes to see what style/time suits and settled on doing the Breakfast Club Bootcamp with Keisha on Monday, Wednesday and Friday am. Plus a core class on Tuesday. It suits me to have a consistent schedule for classes, have rest days in between and to be able to get a session over and done with before work.

Jess: When did you start taking classes here? 
Mike: I’ve been doing classes on and off since I joined last year, but since Fitness 360’s reopening the addition of Keisha’s Breakfast Club Bootcamp has allowed me to attend classes more consistently. 

Jess: What were your reasons for taking up these classes?
Mike: I want to get fitter and lose weight, but I’m struggling to know what to do and stay motivated when training on my own.

Jess: What do you enjoy about them? 
Mike: The great variation and accountability. It’s very easy to get stuck doing the same thing over and over or slacking off when training on your own, but in the classes the variation between sessions and having the instructor there in person makes sure you stay focused and motivated. Classes also stop you avoiding the areas/exercises you aren’t as good at and provide options for those areas where you may have an injury issue/worry. Also the support from the instructor and fellow attendees is great.

Jess: How were you feeling about taking your first ever class? 
Mike: I was nervous about trying new things and hoped that I wouldn’t make a fool of myself. I don’t think I did, but no one would care anyway. Everyone has been in the same boat at some stage.

Jess: What are your thoughts on the public's perception that fitness classes are more of a female activity?
Mike: It seems to be a misconception that to work hard and get results you need to be throwing round heavy weights and that’s so wrong. The classes are as hard, if not harder, than visiting the gym. If you don’t believe me come and try.

 

THEN THERE'S NIC LE MERLE. NIC ATTENDS WEEKLY PILATES SESSIONS

Jess: What classes do you take at Fitness 360?
Nic: Pilates

Jess: When did you start taking classes here? 
Nic: January 2019

Jess: What were your reasons for taking up these classes?
Nic: I originally started with using the Wattbike, which assisted in my training and fitness. I then suffered a back injury and therefore I took up pilates classes which have helped significantly in my recovery.

Jess: What do you enjoy about them? 
Nic: The pilates class atmosphere is really relaxed and Sanchia is great at accommodating any difficulties I may experience due to my injury. The classes are also well organised and at convenient times for me.

Jess: How were you feeling about taking your first ever class? 
Nic: I was confident as I knew that the class would be beneficial and the culture at Cycle 360 is very welcoming and relaxed.

Jess: What are your thoughts on the public's perception that fitness classes are more of a female activity?
Nic: I am often the only guy in the class. However, I think if people knew the benefits of pilates/yoga that they may be more receptive. It has never bothered me that I am the only guy.

 

BILL SHIMMINS STARTED CLASSES AT FITNESS 360 BACK IN 2018, AND HAS BEEN ENJOYING THEM EVER SINCE

Jess: What classes do you take at Fitness 360? 
Bill: Pilates 

Jess: When did you start taking classes here? 
Bill: In 2018

Jess: What were your reasons for taking up these classes?
Bill: To try and keep fit especially through the winter months

Jess: What do you enjoy about them? 
Bill: Pilates has helped me strengthen my back which was causing me some issues. There is also a sense of achievement after each class.

Jess: How were you feeling about taking your first ever class? 
Bill: I was slightly nervous. You don’t really know what to expect, but the instructor explains things well.

Jess: What are your thoughts on the public's perception that fitness classes are more of a female activity?
Bill: I would encourage people to give it a go and make their own mind up!

 

ANDREW STARKEY JOINED CYCLE 360 POST LOCKDOWN AND HAS BEEN ENDURING SWEATY BOOTCAMP SESSIONS TAUGHT BY KESIHA EVERY MORNING!

Jess: What classes do you take at Fitness 360? 
Andrew: Breakfast Club Bootcamp

Jess: When did you start taking classes here? 
Andrew: July 2020

Jess: What were your reasons for taking up these classes?
Andrew: I’ve not done much in the way of gym work or exercise classes since the start of the year really, but since lockdown eased I wanted to get back into some sort of fitness routine again.

Jess: What do you enjoy about them? 
Andrew: Having played football for many years I enjoy group sessions and pushing my fitness levels.  The classes are as hard as you make them and I enjoy the variety. Each class is different and the trainer is very good at motivating you, correcting your form and pushing you to do your best.

Jess: How were you feeling about taking your first ever class? 
Andrew: I had no issues taking my first fitness class. Having played football I was used to being pushed to improve my fitness.

Jess: What are your thoughts on the public's perception that fitness classes are more of a female activity?
Andrew: That’s not something I’m aware of. I guess it depends on what the type of fitness classes they are. I’ve mainly done bootcamp and HIIT classes, which usually have a good mix of male and female.

So, there you have it! Next time you have second thoughts about attending a class, just because you're a male - think again! Studio classes are for everyone and you get as much out of it, as you put in.