What is a Group Fitness Class?

If you have ever taken a fitness class with a group of people – then chances are, you have taken a group fitness class. The term ‘group fitness’ basically encompasses any and all form of fitness that’s done in a group setting, led by a personal trainer or group instructor.

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From yoga, to Pilates, to kickboxing, step aerobics or circuit training, group fitness classes not only give you extra motivation, they also offer social inclusion opportunities, health benefits and psychological support. Here is why it works:

Keeps you accountable and motivated:

Unlike doing a workout at home, where you’re your only motivation and you can easily decide to hit the snooze button or back out altogether, with most group fitness classes, spots are limited. This means you generally have to book in advance to make sure a spot is secured for you, which also keeps you extra accountable. It would be rude to sign up and bail, leaving an open spot that could otherwise have been filled by someone else. Not to mention the fact that some group fitness classes will still charge you even if you don’t turn up, giving you another reason to make sure you show up. For many people, finding the motivation to get off the couch, get changed into exercise gear and go is the biggest challenge, and this is where group fitness classes can give you all the motivation you need.

Personal training without the price tag:

Personal training can be expensive, but many people still choose it because they need a little extra guidance or motivation. Group fitness classes are a great cheaper alternative, as you still have a professional instructor there to teach you the correct form and help you avoid injury, however it’s a third of the price. While the instructor might not be available to you at all times in larger group fitness classes, they’re always there to answer any questions you have, to guide you through each movement, or chat to you before or after class to help you with anything you need.

Social opportunities:

One of the best parts about group fitness classes is that they get you out of the house and give you the opportunity to meet other like-minded people in your community! This also gives you opportunities to make new friends, have fresh and interesting conversations, and be social. Not to mention the fact that it’s simply fun to exercise with people around! With music playing and everyone else working with you, sharing the struggles, the muscle burns and the little successes you achieve along the way, can often feel more like a party than a workout!

What is the best group fitness class for beginners?

The great thing about a group fitness class is that there’s always bound to be classes available for beginners. No group fitness class would expect you to immediately be an expert, unless of course they are clearly marked ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’. Let the instructor know you are beginner and they will most likely show you the ropes before class begins. They will also check in with you throughout the class to make sure you understand everything. To choose which group fitness class is best for you, the first step is to consider what you want to get out of your class. Are you looking for a sweaty workout that will increase your endurance, or are you are you wanting to relieve stress? Do you like to be pushed beyond your limits, or are you craving a more relaxed, gentle approach? To get the most you can out of a group fitness class, be honest with your personal needs and choose a class that matches the benefits you want to receive, and goals you want to achieve.