I LOVE group exercise classes. Sometimes I need to do something different and shake up my exercise routine. With so many options out there -- from Zumba to CrossFit, Boot Camp to Body Pump -- there seems to be something for everyone. This should be a reason to celebrate since it gives people many options to get moving. The celebration ends early, though, when people get hurt.
The New York Times recently wrote about the surge in injuries coming out of Zumba classes. Zumba, if you're not familiar, is a Latin-influenced dance-exercise class. As the article explains, its target audience is those who don't necessarily think "traditional" exercise is for them. The issue is, though, that Zumba IS exercise and there IS proper form to be mindful about, just like every other exercise class. In every class, it is the duty of the instructor to not only teach the steps but teach them safely and to pay attention to what people are doing. The problems start when this isn't the case.
So what should you look out for when trying out a new class? Here are a few points: