Benefits of group fitness

As a fitness instructor for group classes and group training, I’m often asked by people who are interested in taking one of mine (or another class), why take a group fitness class?

Everyone is different, and as a trainer, it’s important to remember that. Some people feel they do better one-on-one, and others feel more comfortable in that group setting. But there are most certainly six KEY benefits to group fitness training, and I cannot repeat them enough to those who ask.

Top benefits of taking part in a group fitness class:

1. Proper Instruction
Knowing the correct technique of any workout prevents injuries and will maximize your results. The instructor will always be right there to help demonstrate the proper way to execute an exercise move, help you fix your form, and show you modifications to workouts should you need it.

2. Motivation
Going to a class with a friend or exercising beside a stranger is a great way to boost your ego. Being able to keep up with the class is great motivation for pushing personal boundaries and achieving goals, especially when the instructor is saying “just 5 more!” You are able to push yourself a little more to finish out the set with the rest of the class!

3. Make New Friends
In a group fitness setting you have the opportunity to meet new people, and make new friends. You get to meet people that you wouldn’t normally meet unless you were taking a class. And friends hold you accountable!

4. Affordability
Not everyone has the finances to afford that hourly fee, two to three times a week. Group fitness classes give you a workout at a fraction of personal training costs. And you get the same benefits in the end!

5. Push Yourself Further
When you are in a group setting you are more likely to push yourself and work harder.

And who can forget the best one?…

6. It’s Fun!
Working out in a group fitness setting is fun and takes you mind off of the work. Most classes have energetic music to keep you pumped up and get you going.

Interested in joining a group class? Come and check out UNBootCamp on Fridays at 6:30 a.m. at the Midcoast Rec Center in Rockport. The class is a fusion of traditional strength training, yoga and pilates.

Doesn’t sound like it’s for you? Come to MommyFITT, Sundays at 8:30 a.m. at Symmetry Fitness Studio in Rockland. The class centers around time and space friendly workouts, and nutrition education. Handouts of the days workout and yummy recipes are passed out at the end of each class.

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