Group fitness is booming and today there is more choice than ever before.
From studio cycling to outdoor bootcamps, the choice on offer is growing every week. There is now something for everyone.
The great thing about group fitness is that not only do you get fit, there are also many other benefits. Here are just a few of them to tempt you to get active!
Variety and Fun
The huge range on offer means that you can choose something that is right for you. This means that you are more likely to enjoy.
When you enjoy an activity, you are more likely to stick at it.
If you enjoy to let your hair down and dance then you could build up a sweat doing something like Zumba or one of the many other exciting dance classes.
Like the idea of Martial Arts but don’t want to fight? There are lots of Combat style workouts that will give you all the benefits without the bruises!
Looking for something completely new? Why not try the new Orange Theory Fitness classes that are taking the fitness world by storm.
These heart rate monitored, high-intensity workouts spike your metabolism and allow you to keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after your workout!
Variety isn’t just about avoiding boredom, it also allows you to choose a number of different styles of activity to achieve various fitness goals.
Different styles can provide you with the types of training that will cover all of the areas of fitness. These include strength, cardio, flexibility, power, balance and agility.
Finally, variety keeps your body guessing and challenged. This will help you to keep on getting fitter whilst avoiding progression plateaus that are so common in solo training.
Group fitness can provide you with the motivation to begin and maintain a fitness routine in a number of ways.
Firstly, to workout you need to have an element of motivation just to show up and exercise.
Social interaction or simply feeling like your part of a team can be big enough motivators to persuade you to pull on your trainers and get active.
Secondly, group fitness activities are usually lead by experienced instructors who know how to fire you up and push you beyond your own levels of ability and motivation, making you work harder than training alone.
Thirdly and perhaps most importantly, is the proven fact that we will push harder and be more motivated if we are training with a group of others.
We get inspired, we get carried along with the group excitement, we rise to the challenge and, human nature being what it is, we push that little bit harder so as not to be seen as the weakest or slowest in the group.
A good group fitness session can inject just the right amount of healthy competition into your workout.
In a good group setting we can also get that feeling of companionship. Our ancestral tribal mentality kicks in as we all push together to complete a gruelling workout, and raise our endorphins (happy hormones) off the scale.
Group Fitness and Class Leaders
Any good group fitness class will be lead by an inspirational instructor.
The group will benefit from their ability to lead and to coax the best performance from everyone in the class.
Knowledge of their particular field will ensure that you get a safe, challenging and professional workout from start to finish.
Many people who choose to workout alone end up using exercises or techniques that are either not effective or are unsafe which then leads to poor results, or much worse to injury.
Increased Adherence Through Sociability
It is a proven fact that group fitness improves the chance of adherence to exercise. Through bonding and camaraderie participants feel more desire to attend a class.
This in part is due to the enjoyment of group fitness activities and the fact that they are far more social and fun than solo exercise.
Another reason, is the desire to be part of something and once again fulfill our tribal ancestry.
This social or tribal aspect makes it far more likely that we will bond and forge friendships with others.
Once we feel this sense of belonging and friendship, then our desire to stay with the group and not let our peers down by non attendance starts to grow.
It goes without saying that the more you attend, the greater your results will be!
When you consider all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why group fitness is so popular. Clearly there are a huge number of people out there who are getting consistent results in their fitness whilst having fun and avoiding boredom through variety.
Inspired to Find or Start A Group?
Linked Fitness Groups is a great place to start! Browse our groups to find something that interests you and start getting active.
Nothing interesting happening near you? Why not create your own fitness group and inspire others to meetup and get active with you in your neighbourhood.
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