Hello! Have you ever decided to get started in a fitness program, but weren’t sure how to take the first step?
Well, joining a group fitness class can be an excellent way to put your toe in the water before taking the plunge. By joining a fitness class it can be easier to get yourself in the mindset to exercise.
You can have fun working out in a light, social environment with music and make new friends at the same time. This way you can motivate and encourage each other to reach goals.
Inexpensive – Another advantage of group training compared to individual training is the cost. Personal trainers are great if you can afford one, however for many people it’s not in their budget. With group training you can still get in great shape depending on the frequency and duration of the classes.
Once you’ve participated in a fitness class for awhile and want to take your fitness to the next level, you can hire a trainer at that time. This way you’ll already be accustomed to working out and the trainer can help you focus on specific weaknesses.
Variety – There are many different exercise classes available for you to choose from these days. Some of the more common ones are below.
- Step Aerobics
- Yoga, Hot Yoga
- Boot Camps
There’s no one training class that’s better than another. What’s important is that you choose an activity you enjoy so you’ll be less likely to quit.
Safe Environment – Another benefit of group training is it’s led by fitness professionals. They can guide you in the right direction making sure the environment is safe. You don’t have to try and guess or figure out which ways to move properly. Trainers can also cover aspects of training some people might overlook such as warming up, cooling down, etc.
Buddy System – Most fitness classes will break people down into groups based on their fitness level. However, if they don’t separate groups based on fitness levels, try to team up with someone who’s at about the same fitness level as yourself. Even if they do separate groups, still try to find a friend to exercise next to. This will allow you and your friend to motivate and hold each other accountable to succeed.
Summary – There are many advantages to group training and it’s a great way to get started into an exercise routine. The ACE (American Council on Exercise) did a great article on group training you can see here. The key things to remember are to choose a class you like, work out with a buddy, and have fun with it!
One last thing I want to say is be committed to your class. It’s kind of like the old saying, you’ll only get as much out of it as you put into it. If you have any fun experiences with group training you’d like to share with us please leave a comment.
Or, if you have a general comment or question please let me know in the comments section and I will get back to you. Thanks for reading and best of luck in your journey to be fit!
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