8 top tips to get the most out of your first Floatfit class We are thrilled that you guys are liking, loving and sharing our Floatfit video online. Hopefully it has given you the inspiration to come on down to one of our venues to give it a try. If you still need a bit of persuading to give one of our classes a try, we suggest you carry on reading. Our Health and Wellness Advisor and Floatfit pro, Briony Stewart, has offered up her top tips on how to get the most out of your fitness class with a difference. Floatfit is a fun filled, action packed 30-minute class which begins with some balancing work, kneeling on the boards and working up slowly to a standing position. Once you find your feet on the water it’s time for the real fun to begin. Classes vary slightly each week but all routines follow along the same types of exercises such as burpees, squat jumps, press ups and planks. Instructors will show you variations of the moves so you have the option to start off with a slightly easier version of the exercise and progress onto the harder version when you are ready. Just remember, you can take it at your own pace and take extra breaks if you need to without feeling under pressure. Here are a few of my top tips to help you get the most out of your first class: First things first, I suggest you wear normal swim wear and ladies I would say it’s best to wear gym clothes on top of your swimming costume to avoid any accidental slip-ups! You can use the handles on each board to put your water bottle on while you exercise so you can grab it when needed. Keeping hydrated is key. Get a friend, or even better a group of you to come along. It’s always much more fun to work out with a friend by your side encouraging you. Try to relax as much as possible! I know this is easier said than done when you are trying to balance on a board in the water! If you are feeling a little wobbly (which at the start you will) try taking a wider stance and relaxing the upper body with a slight bend in the knees. It does help, honestly! Don’t be afraid to ask the instructor any questions – that is what we are here for and we love it! Don’t sweat it, if you start to thinking too much about what you are doing or tense up too much it becomes much harder to stay on the board. Don’t panic, you are not going anywhere! The boards are attached at the front and back to ropes that are securely fitted to the wall of the pool, so you won’t be floating around the pool. Don’t be afraid of falling in, trust me, anyone who has done a Floatfit class will have fallen in at some point. Just have fun with it, jump back on and get going again. Once you have been to one class you will be hooked! Now you know all about the Floatfit classes on offer at Sport Aberdeen’s Beach Leisure Centre and Northfield Swimming Pool, all that’s left to do is book onto a class and give it a go, I hope to see you very soon! To find your first Floatfit class, take a look at our online timetable here.