In gyms all across the country, there are two types of people: those who swear by group fitness classes as the best way to spend their time in the gym, and those who haven’t tried group fitness yet. Here, in no particular order, are our top five reasons that you should try a group fitness class if you fall into that second category!
If you don’t want to spend the money to hire a personal trainer (which is the best way to get the results you want from your fitness program quickly and effectively), then group fitness classes might just be the next best thing for you.
Whether it’s getting expert coaching on your form, expert program design or expert motivation – you get lot of benefit from the experts that are group fitness instructors. Take the guesswork out of your workouts by attending a predesigned and progressive workout being coached and led by a qualified (and certified) fitness professional.
Make sure you’re working with a certified instructor who’s delivering a quality program. And don’t be afraid to speak up! Introducing yourself before class and explaining any physical limitations you may have, or specific results you’re looking for will allow the instructor to provide you with customized coaching specific to you!
Sometimes it’s hard to keep yourself motivated in the gym. Whether it’s because you’ve had a long day at work, or because you didn’t sleep well the night before, it can be tough getting yourself motivated in the gym day after day.
Being in a room full of like-minded people all looking to get their sweat on and have a good time can be INCREDIBLY motivating. And it can mean the difference between an hour wasted at the gym half-heartedly run/walking on the treadmill and getting an effective full-body workout that leaves you feeling accomplished and energized.
It’s the same experience you might have at a concert or a sporting event where you get swept up in the energy of the crowd – sometimes the right group fitness class can be so motivating that it turns an otherwise ho-hum day into a great one!
Group fitness classes are great at providing your workout routine with structure. From a predictable schedule to expertly structured classes, group fitness can do all the prep and planning work for you.
Another favorite expression is “failing to plan is planning to fail” and this applies to your fitness goals as well. You can’t just join a gym or take up running and expect results. You need a plan to get you there. The great thing about group fitness is that you can simply work with a program coordinator to determine the best classes for you based on your goals and your schedule and then boom – you have a plan! Once you have a plan, it’s just a matter of executing – which in the case of group fitness, means showing up and doing what the instructor tells you to do!
Not only is the structure great for getting you results, but having a schedule that you’ve committed to makes it easier to hold yourself accountable.
It’s easy to fall into a rut when you’re working out on your own. You sign into the gym and throw your stuff in a locker and then off you go to your favorite (same old) machine to do your favorite (same old) workout. This is the most common reason people fail to get the results they’re looking for at the gym: failure to keep the body challenged!
Falling into a workout rut can cause you to plateau – after all, as they say, what doesn’t challenge you doesn’t change you, and after a while, the same old will fail to challenge you.
You don’t have to worry about that in a good group fitness class. Between the expert design of the classes and the wide variety available to you, you can make sure you have enough variety in your workout plan to keep your body challenged and changing.
Our final reason is our favorite reason. Group fitness feels more like a party than a workout. Think about it: group fitness is a social activity. You get the support, encouragement, and motivation of your fellow participants. There’s an instructor helping you get a great physical workout. There’s awesome music pumping through the speakers.
You’d be surprised how the party-like elements of group fitness can make an hour pass so much faster than an hour on a treadmill. Find an entertaining instructor and you’ll find your workouts are over in the blink of an eye! Making fitness fun is a key to increasing exercise adherence (meaning you’ll work out more often) which means you’ll see results faster!
When Mary Poppins sang that a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, she could have been talking about group fitness (sugar) and exercise (medicine).
With so many great reasons to try group fitness, why not slip into a class and see what all the fuss is about? Not a member yet and want to try Elevate Fitness classes anyway? No problem, your first class at Elevate Fitness is free!