Are there benefits to group exercise?

Are there benefits to group exercise?

Group workouts are becoming hot on the 2014 gym scene. So, what’s in it for you?

  • Safe and effective workouts. When you exercise alone you can’t ever be sure you’re doing the moves right. A class instructor generally checks everyone’s form to ensure safety and maximum benefits.
  • No knowledge required. Don’t know much about gyms or machines? No worries! At group workout classes the structure is all taken care of. All you need to do is turn up. Perfect for beginners.
  • Great workout choice. There are boisterous workouts like Zumba or spinning. Quieter classes such as yoga and Pilates. Like a challenge? Try an outdoor boot camp exercise class. And don’t forget HIIT, circuits, kickboxing, and kettle bells. Quite simply, there’s a fitness flavour for everyone.
  • Social support. People lacking in confidence are often motivated to get fit by starting group workouts with a friend. Once you’ve started, the support and camaraderie from others is hugely motivating. In fact, group exercise releases endorphins which could even get you mildly addicted to your workouts.  Plus, the fact that everyone will notice your absence means you’ll probably keep showing up! 
  • Interesting and motivating. If boredom sometimes stops you exercising, group workouts will help. The wide range of classes means there’s also different music, instructors, environments, intensity levels and participants.
  • Challenging. Group workouts motivate you to keep going, even when you’re ready to give up. You will adopt a mindset of: ‘if they can do it, so can I’. Studies show more calories are burned in group classes, probably due to keeping up with everyone else.
  • Save time and money. Busy lifestyle? Some classes offer 30 or 45 minute classes. Furthermore, the consistent schedule of group workouts means you can often choose a class to suit your diary.
  • Fun. Quite simply, being active with other people is fun. It’s even proven to boost happiness. Go on.  It’s the closest you’ll get to feeling like a child again!

If you’re up for a bit of ‘social sweating’, check out what classes are offered at your local gyms. Join in the fun! 

Comments

Sarah L.
28 July 2014

Sarah L.

'social sweating' - great. Bit scary to walk into a group of total strangers so let's hope for a welcoming instructor.

Olivia C.
27 June 2014

Olivia C.

Most of the exercise I do involves a group -I find the social aspect really important

Freya W.
26 June 2014

Freya W.

I find having a friend to exercise with really keeps me motivated.

craig t.
25 June 2014

craig t.

The only group class I've ever joined was an aikido one. That's definitely not one you can learn or do on your own. And it really made me stick to going, had a great social side, and great mentally too.

Callum M.
25 June 2014

Callum M.

I do a circuits group which is mixed, and a lot of fun - it makes you more competitive working out in a group, but it's also more fun

Trevor D.
23 June 2014

Trevor D.

I have to say that joining a class as a not-very-fit male can be even more intimidating! I see plenty of ladies' classes; are there men-only classes too?

Roger B.
22 June 2014

Roger B.

good idea; joining a class can be very intimidating so I'm all for a friendly atmosphere.

Elizabeth N.
21 June 2014

Elizabeth N.

I've started a dance class at a local gym. It's great fun. def recommend!

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