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The 6 best beginner fitness classes at the Paseo Club

January 3rd, 2024 | 4 min. read

By Jen Azevedo

Being a beginner is never easy. 

You feel awkward. You aren’t sure how to do anything right. You don’t know anyone. You think people are looking at you as you fumble your way through class. 

Much more than children, adults struggle to permit themselves to try something new. Starting an active lifestyle can feel intimidating and trigger your insecurities. 

For most of us, learning something new is something to get through as quickly as possible.

The Paseo Club is a social club in the Santa Clarita Valley that serves people of all ages and abilities. We support our beginner members in several ways, including offering beginner-friendly fitness classes.

In this article, you will learn who can begin an exercise program, how to get started, and which classes at the Paseo Club are a good fit for you.

IMG-8076_Tony_ButtitaCan a person begin to exercise at any age and any fitness level?

Everyone can exercise! Although it can seem daunting at first, there are always modifications to movements to progress and regress for every level of fitness.  

Taking a fitness class can help alleviate some of the fears of starting. Once you’ve joined a class, the support and encouragement from your classmates can motivate you and help you to get more comfortable. You may even meet other beginners!

comp_IMG_9629 (2)How can a beginner get started?

When you are new to fitness, the most essential factor is to choose a class you love. You will not stick with the program if you are not having a good time.

Check out the fitness schedule to learn about the different classes and to find the ones that seem interesting. Working out is “work,” but it should also be fun.

  • Enjoy dancing? Take a ZUMBA or Barre class.  
  • Love the water? Liquid Cardio might be the perfect fit. 
  • Like the idea of learning about weights? Take a Strength and Tone class.  

Even if you feel nervous or self-conscious about your first class, tell the instructor it is your first time. Instructors can give you a few extra details to help you have a safe and enjoyable time.

What types of classes are a good choice for beginners?

Many people find that low-impact classes are a good place to begin. Your heart rate will likely be lower than if you took a high-intensity/high-impact class, and you won’t have to worry about aggravating your joints.

What are the best 6 beginner fitness classes at the Paseo Club? 

The Paseo Club offers over 60 fitness classes each week. Although we do not have classes specifically labeled as beginner level (with a few exceptions), many classes are a good fit for people new to fitness or are returning after a long hiatus.

comp_IMG-6279 (1)1. Liquid Cardio

Liquid Cardio is the best beginner class to take at the Paseo Club. It is a fun workout in the pool that uses water for resistance. Sometimes props are also incorporated to increase the challenge. This is a great choice for people with joint issues. You do not have to be a strong swimmer to take it. 

When: Liquid Cardio is at 9:15 am M-W-F and 9 am Tues/Thurs.

comp_IMG_1084 (3)2. Walking class

Participants in walking class can go at their own pace and walk as many miles as they like. The walking group goes anywhere from 4 to 11 miles. This is a rewarding class for people who enjoy the outdoors and socializing while exercising.

When: Walking class is on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 am.

compressedIMG_9281 (1) (1)3. Prehab before Rehab  

This specialty class taught by Coach Jodi is a great place to receive detailed and safe guidance to develop your stability, core strength, and mobility. This class specifically helps to increase flexibility in your lower back, hips, and knees, making it a good choice for those who run, lift weights, and do HIIT.

When: Prehab before Rehab is on Wednesdays at 5 pm. 

comp_IMG-8743 (1)4. Cardio Core Extreme

Don’t let the title of this class fool you! This class is all about movement and body weight resistance, with no weights or accessories needed (except a mat). Modifications can be made for all movements, so everyone is welcome to attend. Squats, jumping jacks, and other bodyweight exercises get the heart rate up and the blood moving. 

When: Cardio Core Extreme is on Tuesdays at 8:30 am.

comp_IMG-3545 (2)5. Strength and Tone 

If high cardio classes feel scary, try this slower, weight-focused class. With the opportunity to choose smaller weights, you can focus on your technique and skills, gaining confidence and capacity with each class. This resistance-based class will help you build strength and tone your body.

When: Strength and Tone is on Mondays at noon, Tuesdays at 6 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:15 am, and Thursdays at 8:30 am.

comp_IMG-87806. Beginner Pilates Reformer 

Pilates is a low-impact exercise method developed to strengthen your core, improve your posture, and increase overall mobility. This class uses the Pilates machine, the reformer, which can be adjusted to meet your skill level. This class is free.

When: Beginner Pilates is on Sundays at 11:00 am.

comp_IMG-6089Final thoughts on beginning your fitness journey at the Paseo Club

There are many reasons we turn to fitness. Maybe our clothes aren’t feeling as comfortable. Perhaps daily activities are getting harder. Some of us just want a challenge after taking it easy. 

Whatever your reason is, the hardest part of being a beginner is taking the first step into class. But once you take that step, you will find that the Paseo Club is just the place for you to grow your best version of yourself. 

One special resource the Paseo Club offers all new members is a free initial assessment with a trained instructor. The instructor can assess you and make the appropriate class recommendations based on your goals.  

Instructors are excellent resources for expanding your knowledge. Learn about different exercises, how many rest days you should take, or how to build a routine to target major muscle groups.

The Paseo Club has supported members for twenty years. In addition to over 60 fitness classes available each week, there are tennis and pickleball courts, a full-service spa, and a cafe. The club offers social and charitable events throughout the month, so members get the chance to socialize and support local causes.
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If you think a community-focused private club would be a place you’d like to spend your time, then schedule a tour today. Check out all eight acres of our facilities and meet members and staff.
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Jen Azevedo

Jen Azevedo is a tennis professional, pickleball professional, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and the general manager of the Paseo Club. She loves the community at the Paseo Club and that it is also a safe and fun place for her daughter. Jen’s favorite activities are joining her tribe for trail races or her partners for tennis matches. Occasionally Jen slows down to relax with a book — she reads over 100 a year!