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With A Crowd: The Benefits Of Group Fitness

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Working out from home is okay. Having a personal trainer is great. But what about a class?

For newbies and gym veterans alike, a group fitness class – spinning, aerobics, strength training, etc. – can be a great way to switch things up. While it might be intimidating to waltz into a bright room, the benefits make it a no-brainer.

Motivation

One of the biggest impacts of working out in a group? You just might be inclined to work harder.

The phenomena of increased effort when around others is real – it’s usually referred to as the “Kohler Effect.” In group settings, this means we try an avoid being perceived as the “weakest link” or “worst” member of the group.

When it comes to workout classes, this effect can have a dramatic effect on your willingness to cut loose and go for it. While good group sessions are friendly and welcoming, a certain level of this competitive spirit can be a huge boost.

Accountability

More than just squeeze out an extra rep or set, our behavior in a group fitness session may have a positive effect on our willingness or enthusiasm towards fitness in general.

It’s simple: the alarm clock buzzes. You have a 9 am spinning classes. You don’t want to be the only person missing, right?

The social cohesion and collaborative environment of group fitness help drive your fitness goals forward, helping you stay on track when things get hectic.

Fight Boredom

Another great thing about working out with others? It can help fight the fitness “blahs.”

Given that many group classes center around a theme or discipline – strength, cardio, etc. – they can a fantastic way to try something new. In fact, according to the American Sports and Fitness Association, group classes are the best way to branch out at the gym – largely due the inherent level of guidance and supervision.

Working with an instructor, you can learn proper form and pacing while also receiving helpful feedback. Sounds like a win-win.

Tangible Benefits

Need proof of the power of the group? Check out the study discussed here.

Researchers divided participants into three groups – a group of class participants, a group of solo gym-goers, and a group which completed no physical activity outside of daily tasks.

The results are simply staggering. Those who were involved in classes reported improvements in mental, physical, and emotional health, while also enjoying vastly reduced levels of stress. In contrast, the solo group only reported small mental health gains.

The take-away? There’s just something about sweating it out with your friends.

Group Classes With The Experts

No matter what kind of class you have in mind – you need a facility that’s up to the task.

Pulse Fit NJ represents a highly qualified and knowledgeable training staff – each passionate about health and wellness. With a state-of-the-art facility and all the latest in equipment, these trainers are well-versed in the art of leading a class – one that gets results!

To schedule a consultation or to find out more about group class offerings, contact Pulse Fit NJ.

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