Top 5 exercise classes for beginners at the gym

Starting out at the gym or returning after a long period off, is exciting and thrilling, not to mention a little daunting. It’s the beginning of a journey into fitness and being healthy, and it is definitely something you’ll benefit from in the long-term. If you’re unsure where to start, it’s a good idea to begin with an exercise class first as you will be taught the necessary skills on how to make the most out of your chosen exercise.

If you’re wondering what type of gym classes to take as a beginner, you need to find the right one for you. 24/7 Fitness talks you through the top five best gym classes to begin with. 

The best beginner gym classes

  1. Spin class
  2. Yoga
  3. Zumba
  4. HIIT
  5. Kickboxing

Spin class

Joining a spin class, or a cycling class, is a brilliant form of exercise for a beginner. It’s easy to do, you can adjust the intensity to whatever you’re comfortable with, and it’s great fun to do with your friends.

It’s a full body, low-impact cardiovascular workout, that is beneficial for your leg muscles and your core. It is also an excellent mood booster, as many endorphins are released during such an energetic workout. 


As a beginner, you might be looking to take a class that isn’t so intense and energetic - if you are, then yoga is the one for you. There are many different branches of yoga that you can explore, depending on what suits you best, and it’s a very popular exercise class to take.

Yoga's health benefits are endless, as it can improve your posture and flexibility, it can help to boost your metabolism, and there is also evidence suggesting that it can increase your self-esteem. It is the perfect class to begin your health journey with.


Taking a Zumba class is one of the most lively and exciting things you can do, and it is ideal for a beginner. As it’s such an enjoyable form of exercise, it is likely that you will continue with it for a long time, and look forward to each class you have.

Zumba is a full body workout, incorporating latin dance moves and music, in which there is a mix of fast and slow rhythms. It is great for weight loss, and it is excellent if you want to tone your body. What’s more, Zumba is great for heart health, will help improve coordination, and can even boost your mood.


A High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout is also a great class to begin with, as it is a very popular and beneficial choice of exercise. It is a cardiovascular workout that involves small periods of high intensity aerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods in between. 

Its advantages include burning a high amount of calories in a short amount of time, it reduces heart rate and blood pressure, and it can help build muscle. Taking part in a particular HIIT class will help you understand all the benefits of this type of training, as well as work out which specific HIIT exercises suit you best.


Lastly, you may want to opt for a kickboxing class if you are a beginner, as it can increase your strength and stamina, as well as teach you how to defend yourself! Kickboxing is great fun - arguably one of the most exciting classes you can take.

Kickboxing type of martial art that has a whole range of benefits, and it’s pretty easy to get into if you have never done kickboxing before. It’s another full body workout that is excellent in relieving stress and rage, as well as helping you to improve your flexibility and balance. 

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