Creating a workout routine can take trial and error to find what works for you. Sticking to a workout routine can also be a challenge. Group fitness classes can make it easier to stick to a routine. They can be intimidating to a beginner; however, they don’t have to be. Think of classes as a group of like-minded fitness seekers reaping the benefits.
What are group fitness classes?
Group fitness classes are exercise programs done with a group of people, often led by an instructor. Group fitness classes are offered for, but not limited to:
- Strength training.
- Cycling or spinning.
- Pick-up sports.
- Cardio HIIT (high-intensity interval training).
- Water aerobics.
- Tai chi.
What should you look for in a group fitness class?
When you look for a group fitness class, you should keep some considerations in mind, such as:
- A safe environment — The space where the class is held should be clean and have the proper equipment available. Good equipment, like padded floor exercise mats, should help keep you safe and comfortable. Your class location should also be safe and welcoming regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or race.
- A time you’ll stick with — You’ll want to ensure that the group fitness class you choose will be at a convenient time. If it doesn’t mesh easily with your schedule, you’ll be more likely to skip it. Make sure it’s a time you’ll be ready to work.
- An expert instructor — For the best instruction, you want to find an instructor certified in the class they teach. Even better qualifications to look for would be an instructor who has a health- or fitness-related degree.
- A class that meets your needs — Options abound for choosing group fitness classes for all varieties and experience levels. Make sure you look for one that meets your physical and experience requirements.
What are the benefits of participating in group fitness classes?
Participating in a group fitness class can offer you many benefits. Those who participate in a group fitness class can see an improvement in their quality of life mentally, physically and emotionally. On average, participants can see a 12% increase in mental quality, a 24% increase in physical quality, a 26% in emotional quality, and even a 26% reduction in stress levels over those who don’t exercise or who exercise alone.
Mental benefits that group fitness classes can offer include:
- Stress reduction — Taking time and working out in a group can help you reduce your stress. Reducing stress plays a role in reducing high blood pressure, preventing cardiovascular disease and improving mental health. You may also see a boost in weight loss with stress reduction.
- Motivation and accountability — When you feel like giving up or not showing up, classmates can provide the motivation to keep going or the accountability to go to class. Classes may require you to sign up or check in for the class space, adding another level of motivation and accountability.
- Self-esteem and confidence boost — Working out can give you a sense of accomplishment. You and your classmates will see your hard work paying off as you progress in your class. This may be weight loss, strength gaining, improved posture or feeling better generally.
Physical benefits that group fitness classes can offer include:
- Cardiovascular improvements — Physical exertion can improve your cardiovascular capabilities. When you get moving and enjoy it, you’re more likely to stick with a routine. Participating in a group fitness class can give you an added boost to reaching your full potential.
- Muscular endurance — Similar to cardiovascular improvements can come improved muscular endurance. Working with a group can give you a little extra push to keep going in your workout.
Social-emotional benefits that group fitness classes can offer include:
- Meeting new people — The most significant social benefit of participating in a group fitness class is meeting new people. This allows you to meet like-minded people who could turn into new friends. A group is the perfect solution if you don’t feel comfortable working out alone.
- Improved social skills – Working out in a group can allow you to work on your small talk, communication and teamwork skills.
Who should do group fitness classes?
Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin, boosting your happiness and making group fitness an excellent mood booster. Regardless of your experience level, there is a class to fit your needs out there.
SOL PT has a small-group fitness class to fit your needs
SOL Physical Therapy is proud to offer a variety of small-group fitness classes. Look no further if you want to boost your strength, endurance and psychological health. We have a class available to meet your needs led by our finest instructors. Contact our team today for more information.