Getting fit can be lonely and boring – but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it shouldn’t be! Group fitness classes are exploding in popularity among the young and old, and between beginners and those experienced.
Pre-structured workouts make group fitness classes ideal for individuals who are guilty of cutting their workouts short, skipping exercises or completely bypassing the gym in favour of going out for drinks with co-workers.
What are the advantages of group fitness you might ask? Other than the social aspect of meeting like-minded people it also is one of the best motivational experiences you can have during your fitness journey.
Now let’s talk about the benefits. Physically, no matter what your goal is, there is a class out there for you. First you have to know what your goals are; this will help you to choose the best group exercises suited for your desired outcome.
Are you looking for weight loss or to improve your cardiovascular? Try aerobic based classes like dance, step aerobics, high-intensity interval training classes, kickboxing or indoor cycling.
Do you want to improve your muscular endurance and strength? Pick weight training classes or try boot camps.
Are you needing to improve your flexibility? The yoga varieties, beginner’s gymnastics or ballet are great choices.
If being outdoors is your preferred method of training there are inspiring organised groups that perform national and international group fitness events with extraordinary sceneries.
Great motivational benefits also come from group fitness. These classes challenge you to work beyond your perceived limitations. Between the great music, inspirational instructors and community of people with you, group classes can help accelerate your energy levels.
Fitness instructors create a positive environment, which not only boosts your self-esteem but increases your ability to maintain your long-term goals.
Classes and group events are a great way to bring fun, intensity, productivity and teamwork into your workouts. At each fitness session you will see your growth and improvement, which is not only celebrated by yourself but your whole team!
So keep tuned, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned athlete. Going into a group fitness class for the very first time can seem like a daunting experience, especially when you don’t know what to do, bring, wear or how to recover. But with this series of blog posts as your secret weapon you will be feeling confident and know exactly what to expect when stepping into the classroom. Good luck!
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Author Lisa Collis, July 2015.