6 Reasons to Try a Group Fitness Class

By: Mollie Shauger | Thursday, January 30, 2020 | Fitness

A group of women use their arms to lift weights in a pool. Credit: iStock

Whether you want to boost your fitness routine or just meet new people, a group fitness class provides a number of physical and social benefits.

The YMCA offers a variety of classes for all abilities and skill levels, incorporating cardio, functional and strength training techniques, so that you can find the right kind of class to motivate you to stick to your routine. Here are six reasons to try group classes:

1. Motivation

Working out with other people can help you stay on track to reach your fitness goals. Knowing that everyone else in the class is exercising toward the same goal can challenge you to work harder. A good fitness instructor can encourage participants and keep them motivated from the beginning of class to the end.

2Fun

If you’re getting bored with your usual exercise regimen, adding a class can make it less predictable and more lively. Try a new class every now and then to add variety to your routine. The Y offers a variety of group exercise classes for all abilities and intensities. 

3. Social benefits

Working out with a group makes exercise a social activity, and can even be a means of escape, instead of a chore, writes Active. Participating in a group class is also a great way to meet like-minded people who are working toward the same goal, and who can share in the successes of completing a difficult workout or routine. Finding a class you truly enjoy, regardless of your skill level or fitness ability, can boost your confidence and sense of belonging. A group class can open the doors to new friendships. 

4. Try new things

Have you always wanted to try a type of exercise or movement, whether it be dancing, martial arts, or yoga, but were too afraid or embarrassed? Trying something new can change your perspective on the class, while also challenging you to overcome your fears. 

5. Learn proper form and technique

Having an instructor show you the correct way to do an exercise or stretch is important in reducing the risk of injury, but also to ensure you get the most out of your workout. An instructor can help you learn proper form on the spot, and correct your position if necessary. Group classes can also introduce you to new cardiovascular or strength training techniques, depending on your goals. 

6. Accountability and consistency 

If you have trouble sticking to a routine, a group fitness class that has a consistent schedule can help you stay consistent. Signing up for a class also creates a greater sense of accountability and enables you to plan out your day better, while feeling healthier.

Ready to try a group fitness class? Contact your local YMCA branch for a schedule of classes. 


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