There are many mental, physical, and emotional benefits to incorporating group exercise into your daily routine! Group fitness is any form of fitness performed in a group setting, led by a trainer, coach, or instructor. At Lions United Fitness Center, Coach Andy incorporates a variety of exercise routines into his classes to keep things fun and so his athletes can gain knowledge of different styles of workouts. Coach Andy incorporates Exercise Machines, Free Weights, TRX Ropes, Core Exercises, Boxing, Circuit Sets, HIIT, and much more into his classes. And in the summer when the sun is shining, he takes his classes curbside. Below, Coach Andy lists some of the benefits of adding a group fitness class to your routine.
benefits of joining a group fitness class
1. Group Classes Are Motivational
Working out on your own can be a drag. Sometimes you need an external motivator. Group classes offer it in spades. Firstly, you’ve got the instructor to encourage you to push yourself. Then there are the people around you. Just seeing them pushing themselves is a great motivator in itself. And if one of them happens to whisper, “Keep going, you can do it,” then that’s priceless. The variety that you find with a group class is an extra motivator that will keep your body guessing and your mind fresh.
2. Group Classes Are Challenging
The number one reason that people who regularly train at a gym don’t get the results they want is that they don’t challenge themselves enough. In other words, their workouts are too easy. You won’t get that in a group class. So long as you like to be challenged and encouraged to push harder.
3. Group Classes Provide Variety
Group fitness classes today offer a huge variety of training options to add fun and specialized focus to your workouts. Group classes are available both indoors and outdoors, and you can focus on everything from boxing to Bootcamp, to Bosu. Coach Andy has a variety of options that he incorporates into all of his classes.
4. Group Classes Provide Structure
Knowing how to properly structure your workout takes knowledge and skill. Many people who are let loose on the gym floor simply don’t know what they’re doing. As a result, they end up performing workouts that are less than ideal. At best they are wasting valuable workout time, at worst they are risking serious injury. But, when you join a group class, all the planning has been done for you. Coach Andy has meticulously structured the workout to provide your body with the warm-up, progressive intensity and cool-down that it needs to work safely at its best.
5. Group Classes Check on Your Form
A lot of gym goers develop sloppy exercise form. Yet, when you’re in a group fitness class there’s nowhere to hide. Coach Andy is always in front of the group and his eyes are going to be focused on you. It is his mission to keep everyone safe and having fun.
6. Group Classes Will Make You More Regular
The key to fitness is regularity. Show up, day in and day out, and you will get results. When you become a member of group fitness community, you are noticed. And so is your absence. Often this will provide enough of a push to get you out the front door on days when you just feel like staying in bed. This in-built accountability is a major reason that group fitness class members stick with their fitness regime longer than gym goers who train solely on the gym floor.
7. Group Classes Are Fun
If you are going to stick at an activity, you want it to be enjoyable. Group classes provide all of the elements that combine to make your workout enjoyable – mixing with like-minded peers, engaging activities, an inspiring leader, and sweat!
8. Group Classes Help You Manage Your Time
Juggling your time to get in your workout is one of the biggest challenges faced by gym-goers. Even when they do manage to get through the gym door, they are often watching the clock as they go through their routine, not really focused on the workout at hand. With group exercise classes, that’s all a thing of the past. Group classes are offered at all sorts of hours designed to suit busy lifestyles. While you may have never considered turning up at the gym for a 6:30am workout, a scheduled class at that time can be enough motivation to overcome mind over mattress syndrome and allow you to get more out of your day. It’s amazing, too, how quickly the time goes by when you are in a class. The classes are carefully paced to make the time fun. You’ll be too engaged to watch the clock.
9. Group Classes Teach You
The benefits of working with a certified personal coach cannot be overstated. Personal training is a great option, but many people simply can’t afford it. Group fitness classes offer a cost-effective way to benefit from the expertise of a certified coach. You will learn new exercises, techniques and form through the process of going through the workout that the instructor has put together. In the process you will learn how to work your body properly. This will benefit you when you go back to the gym floor and put together your own training sessions.
10. Group Classes Are Social
When you are sweating alongside a person in a group fitness class you have an instant connection with them. The shared experience of getting through the challenge of the workout creates a bond with a like-minded person who, like you, cares about their body and is motivated enough to do something about it. This may lead to the development of a friendship outside of the gym setting but, even it doesn’t, the bond you form can be a motivator for you to do your best and to show up regularly.
Interested in learning more? Stop by Lions United Fitness Center and talk with Coach Andy about what he offers in all of his classes.