ABSOLUTELY YES! Of course they are! By offering a variety of different training techniques, environments, and challenging workouts for all fitness levels, group fitness classes are on the rise. Here are some great reasons to join the crowd!
1. THE TIME FLYS-Group Fitness Classes tend to feel as if they go by quickly. By changing up the pace, routine and exercises, you will be focused on following the instructor, not the clock!
2. THE SOCIAL ASPECT- Group fitness classes are made up of similarly motivated people and can be a great way to bond with others over your common goals and experiences.
3. MOTIVATION-The group experience can help motivate people to work harder. In addition to being lead and challenged by the instructor, working with others may offer an additional level of competition and camaraderie.
4. THE CHALLENGE-Working out on our own is great, but most of us tend not to work as hard as we can when we’re alone. Exercising with others and having a leader guide the group provides a boost to the workout, making us work harder and push ourselves and add that extra little bit of intensity.
5. VARIETY- Group fitness classes offer so many different options: Aerobics, step, bootcamp, spinning, kickboxing, pilates, yoga, running clubs and more! Try them all see what you like and what works for you!
6. EDUCATIONAL-A good class will not only challenge and motivate, it will teach you new moves and show you how to do them properly. Trying something different is a great way to exercise your mind and your body.
7. SAFETY- We should always take safety precautions when we exercise, whether on our own or in a group setting. However, when in a group fitness class, a good instructor will be able to help explain what you’re doing, how to do it, and what you should be feeling. Instructors are able to model exercises and use tactile cues to help ensure the safe execution of their routines or exercises. Be sure to ask questions or ask for alternative exercises if you need additional assistance.
8. MOVE AT YOUR OWN PACE-An experienced group fitness instructor will be able to offer modifications that allow for different fitness levels among the participants. Most classes will offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercise options. If you’re concerned, be sure to show up a few minutes prior to class and chat with the instructor and ask for advice. Developing a relationship with your instructor is key to finding the workout that will challenge you in a safe manner.
So to sum it all up taking a group fitness class at your local gym, community center, or maybe even one of the YWCA Hamilton Fitness Centres is a great way to get out of a fitness rut, avoid plateaus or just get started in a fitness routine.