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Better Your Fitness with Group Fitness

By Edited Mar 26, 2016 1 1

Better Your Fitness With Group Fitness

Tired of that same old boring workout? Tired of feeling like your all alone or lost in the chaos of a big gym? Maybe it's time to switch things up and try out a group fitness class. For those that don't know, a group fitness class is a group of people with similar interests and goals enjoying a workout together in a fun, enjoyable atmosphere. The exercises in a group fitness class are generally designed so that someone of all fitness levels can participate at a level/ intensity that suits them. For people who are new to physical fitness, or are just looking to stay healthy, these classes are a one-stop-shop. They generally incorporate the three major components of fitness (cardiovascular, muscular, flexibility) all in one 45-60 minute class. For those that are looking for extreme results, or anything in between, the intensity can be increased to suit your needs as well, or a more advanced class can be taken to really challenge your body and its limits. Group fitness is a good way to achieve your goals with friends or family as well. If being alone at the gym is what's putting doubt in your mind, then bringing a friend along can be a huge motivator and help to turn around your life. For those looking to make new friends, these classes are for you. Sometimes going to the gym and doing the same routine over and over can become boring and the motivational factor disappears. When this happens it is known as the sum of training effect. Lets take a look at a postal carrier to get a better understanding of this principle and how it effects the body. When they first begin walking hundreds of kilometers a week they start to see huge health and fitness benefits. Over time their body becomes used to it and these increases begin to slow until they eventually stop or plateau. The same thing happens when training the same way in a gym for an extended period of time. If you find your progressions have stopped and you are no longer motivated, a group fitness class may be what you need. This change of routine may be enough to shock your body back into progress. There are a large variety of classes so choosing one can seem a little overwhelming. Before you begin the process of looking for a class, decide what you want your ultimate health or fitness goal to be. If you really want to loose weight, try to choose a class that involves a lot of cardio such as a step class or high impact class. If building muscle or toning your body is what you have in mind than go with something that involves more resistance training such as a body pump class. Generally classes are 45 minutes however if time is an issue there are classes that are 30 minutes, and if time is plenty try out a full hour class to really challenge yourself. All of the instructors have a different teaching style and way of doing the class, so choose a type of class and then try out a few that are taught by different instructors to see which specific combination you feel will bring you to your results.



Jul 22, 2010 6:36am
I would go so far as to say that signing up with a gym should be outlawed - if you go alone. It usually ends up in a waste of time - and money. If you can group together some friends and/or family members that need to workout, or even better, need to workout more than you have to, then you have a solid reason for signing up for a gym membership. The more the merrier especially if the schedule you arranged make it impossible for one person to pitch up for a few days in a row.
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