6 Benefits of Group Fitness Classes
By Sue Parke
When people first join a gym, they’re often unsure what they should do once they step
inside the building. Some struggle to determine which exercises to do, others simply
don’t know how to do them. Whether you’re a beginner at the gym or you just don’t have much fitness knowledge, group fitness classes may be your solution. Joining a class can help build a foundation
and structure that you can use to fuel your personal health journey for years to come.
It’s inspiring and motivating to be surrounded by dedicated, like-minded individuals. It
doesn’t get much more empowering than a class with an encouraging instructor and
supportive people all working hard together. Group fitness is a great way to help
motivate yourself and others to dig deeper and push harder in workouts.
Group fitness is a great way to get a workout in without having to think or plan. Each
class is structured with a warm-up, a balanced workout and a cool-down. The warm-up is designed to help you properly raise your heart rate while loosening your
joints and muscles before jumping into strenuous activity. The instructor will coach you
through each segment of the workout. The cool-down will help you safely lower your
heart rate and stretch all the major muscles worked during class.
3. Proper Form
It’s the fitness instructor’s job to not only show proper form, but to also make sure that
everyone in the class is executing each exercise the right way. Not only is proper form
important for your muscles to reap the most out of every exercise, but it also helps
eliminate potential injuries.
Cardio kickboxing, bootcamp, spin, Pilates, Insanity–the list goes on. There are several
types of group classes offered by gyms and athletic clubs.
Having a variety of classes in your weekly workout regimen is a great way to create
muscle confusion, which keeps your body guessing and ramps up your metabolism. It
also helps prevent boredom.
Some facilities require members to sign up in advance for specific classes. This is a
great way to keep yourself accountable for your workouts. If you’re signed up and it’s on
your schedule, there’s a good chance you won’t skip it. If your gym doesn’t require you
to sign up, find a few classes that you want to take and invite a friend or pencil it in on
There’s really no other way to put it: Group fitness classes are fun. Between the upbeat
music, a great workout and a group of people motivating each other along the way, it’s
an enjoyable way to exercise. If you’re looking to add a little more pizazz and fun in your
fitness life, group classes may be just what you need.