Larger fitness classes can help you reach your goals sooner yet have fun along the way, so shake your tail feathers and break out a sweat with friendly faces.
When you are struggling to motivate yourself to get out of bed and trudge along to the gym, it can help to have an encouraging, friendly face enticing you to exercise. Sharing a work out regime with a pal means you have someone by your side to cheer you on when you do well, or offer support when it’s becoming tricky. “Exercise partners can provide a kind of gentle coercion and limit your negative self-talk,” said Dr Barbara A. Brehm in a Healthy Women article. As professor at the Department of Exercise and Sport Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Dr Brehm’s comment sheds light on the value of a buddy for both mental and physical health. So imagine the benefits when you multiply this buddy into an entire room full of supportive people?
Whether you’re shaking your tail feathers and breaking out a sweat in Spin, Zumba, or Body Pump classes larger fitness classes can help you reach your fitness goals sooner, yet have fun along the way.
Here are three reasons why group fitness can be great for you and your mates.
1) Making new friends with similar interests
These classes enable you to meet new like-minded people, putting a spring in your step and helping to build your interpersonal relationship skills. “Individuals are more inclined to come to the session because of social interaction, but also to put forth better effort because of the group dynamic that occurs with others – a positive competition, in a sense,” said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise, in an interview with the LA Times.
2) Never boring, always exciting
Back in 1991, the University of Adelaide and University of Sydney did a medical study together and found that 33 percent of people did not exercise because they couldn’t find the time, not because they didn’t want to. Today, 23 years later, lives have become even more hectic and its even trickier to find time to work out. A great way to avoid this problem is to turn to group classes, because they are so much fun that they give you something to look forward to and schedule time for. They don’t feel like a chore, but a party.
3) Saves you money
Because group classes at One55 come with concessions and 10-visit discounts, buying in bulk pays off long term and offers a financial motivation to attend classes regularly. Buying passes is also a lovely gift idea for your gym buddy that won’t break your bank, making your time together even more of a joyous present.