“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
If you’ve been going to the gym faithfully for months doing the same routine but not getting the results you feel you deserve you may need to change things up. Taking a group fitness class is one of the best ways to fire up your same-old-same-old so that you can start seeing some significant results again.
Here are the top ten reasons why you should join a group fitness class:
1. It Will Get Your Out Of A Rut – I’ve been around the gym for a few years now and I can tell you that people that go into the fitness center three times a week do practically the same workout every day. Most of the time it looks like this: thirty minutes on the treadmill (or elliptical) followed by some strength training using the machines.
When you do the same thing over and over your body adjusts to it and you cease to see any improvements in cardio endurance, muscle strength or weight loss. When you join a group fitness class you’ll do different exercises every day. Classes like boot camp, Tabata, and interval training offer a mental challenge that keeps you from getting bored and, at the same time, employs different muscle groups and heart rate ranges so you start seeing results again.
2. You’ll Do Stuff You’ve Never Done Before – Fitness instructors are a competitive bunch and they want to challenge you, and themselves, to be the best. I don’t know a fitness instructor that doesn’t want the class they teach to be the one that everyone talks about after they leave. This is why when you go to a group class you’ll do exercises you’ve never done before, and maybe some you never thought you could do.
You may not be inspired to try a BOSU or kettle ball workout on your own, but will learn how to use them if they’re part of a class. I asked the Y I work for to purchase gliding discs for us to use. Having a new toy to try out was fun but also very challenging. With the discs came an entirely set of new and unique exercises that worked our muscles in a very different way.