7 Reasons Why I Love Group Fitness

Diane Simmons, CEO and Owner of Simply Fitness by Diane, has been leading group fitness classes even before she opened her own studio a few years ago. So if there’s anyone who knows why group fitness is more effective than working out alone, it’s her. Here are her 7 reasons.

It’s Less Intimidating

Walking into a crowded gym with tons of gym equipment can be intimidating, especially if you are new to exercise. In group fitness classes, the instructor is leading everyone through the exercises step by step, using verbal and visual communication, encouraging you all the way!

 

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Built-In Workout Buddies

How many times have you said to yourself,“I would go to the gym, but I don’t have anyone to go with me!” Group fitness eliminates that issue. There are other people there completing the same exercises as you, sweating like you, and celebrating like you!

Motivation From the Group

It’s easier to slack off and skip that last set of burpees when you are alone.  But not in group fitness! One of the most beautiful things I’ve witnessed in group exercise is when strangers make a connection through a shared experience.  An individual sees another struggling with the last set and looks over and says “Come on, girl, we got this!” You can’t get motivation like that alone!

The Price Is Nice

Group fitness classes range from $5-$15 in most cases. A personal training session is usually $25-$60. Instructors are able to lead large amounts of people in one time block, therefore able to group train for a discounted rate. Take advantage!

 

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The Routines are FRESH

Sometimes we all get in a fitness rut. We have the same workout card that we complete religiously every week. This can make fitness boring or make you reach a plateau. In group classes, the routines usually change every 8 weeks. You learn a variety of exercises that keeps your body working in various ways to break through those plateaus. It also keeps you interested in the class.

You Learn Proper Forms and Techniques

Sometimes we aren’t seeing results due to the fact we lack proper form. Most group fitness instructors hold certifications in the classes they teach, and many are certified personal trainers. Having the instruction on form and technique from a knowledgeable instructor makes all the difference!

It’s More Fun!

I cannot express this enough! There’s great music to keep you moving, energetic instructors and enthusiastic participants! The energy felt in a great group fitness class is an experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. It’s a high that will make you addicted!

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