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3 Things You Can Learn About Yourself in Group Exercise

Thursday, May 17, 2018

By , YMCA Registered Dietitian & Group Exercise Instructor

On the journey to better health and wellness, figuring out the when, where, why and how of exercising can be a daunting task. But group exercise classes can take care of many of these variables for you.

Just scroll through the schedule, pick a class, and show up! Classes offer a great way to begin your workout routine or expand your current regimen.

If you are new to the experience, here are three things you can expect to discover in the group exercise studio.

1. You are not alone.

While working out on your own will burn calories, the environment of group fitness promotes camaraderie, accountability, and support among all the class participants. Each member of every class was a newbie once!

While your first class can have a bit of a learning curve, keep coming back. After a few classes, the faces become familiar, and your own motivation to keep working out increases. Whatever class format you choose, the movements will come easier after a couple workouts, so be brave and give all our classes a try. With so much variety, from BodyPump to Zumba, there is something for everyone!

2. You can do hard things.

It’s easy to talk yourself out of pushing through the last couple reps on a weight machine or the last five minutes of a run on the treadmill when you are working out solo. In a group fitness class, however, you have plenty of external motivation to amplify your own internal determination. The instructor will provide encouragement as well as form correction and verbal cuing to help you master the exercises and movements quickly, so your workout is safe, effective and FUN.

Don’t be surprised if you work harder and burn more calories than you do in an individual workout. The time just might feel like it’s passing faster, too!

3. You can enjoy exercise.

Combating boredom can be a major barrier to both continuing and maximizing our fitness journey. We must vary our routines to not only avoid ambivalence to exercise, but also to prevent fitness plateaus.

Group class is great for switching up our exercise routine and preventing workout stagnation. The Y's group fitness instructors bring fresh, new, and fun material to class to keep your mind interested and your muscles working hard. With the music, choreography, and exercises already planned, all that is left for you to do is give it your all.

Group ex can help you improve your health and wellness and assist you in reaching your fitness goals. Still not sure which one to attend? Take our quiz. We look forward to seeing you in class soon!

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