Fitness Is Not One Size Fits All
When it comes to fitness, everyone has something that works for them. From a solo run to a group exercise class, there are health benefits to every kind of exercise.
However, while long-term gym-goers may know exactly what works for them and what doesn’t, for many, this knowledge remains unknown. Whether you have recently set off on a new type of fitness regime, or are getting back into regular workouts after a long time away, finding what works for you can take some time.
When you’re searching for the type of workout that’ll give you the best results, it helps to look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of that exercise. For instance, running can be a great way to clear your head and get fit, but if your fitness vice is a lack of motivation, having nothing to push you out of the door in the morning can be a major mitigating factor.
Group Exercise Classes
This is where group exercise classes come in. Group exercise has so many benefits that extend beyond fitness but also covering mental health, motivation, and new experiences. There are many formats for group exercise but group exercise classes in particular are excellent, and we’ll tell you why.
Group exercise classes can encompass all types of physical activities, from dancing, to weightlifting, and everything in between. Class sizes also vary, with smaller classes including approximately 4-5 people and larger ones going up to 20! This often depends on the time of day of the class, which gives class size an appreciated element of predictability, and on the activity itself. If you’re going to be swinging your arms around, you don’t want the room to be packed!
At Beckwith Health Club, we offer a full variety of group exercise classes as we are completely on board with the many benefits these bring to our members. You can find our weekly class schedule on our website, or by following this link.
The Top 10 Benefits of A Group Exercise Class
Let’s have a look at the top ten reasons why group exercise classes are good for you below!
A lack of motivation can often be the biggest challenge when it comes to maintaining a regular exercise schedule. This is especially true in the colder, darker months (who really wants to head to the gym during a downpour?) and for those facing issues of self-consciousness and self-doubt.
Well, group exercise classes are incredibly motivating. Having a trainer set your activities reduces the pressure on yourself to success during your workout, while the group aspect means the focus is on the activity, not on you. Also, being surrounded by like-minded people with similar fitness goals will be incredibly motivating, and keep you coming back!
Give Yourself a Challenge
This may not be the case for some, but for most of us, the lack of accountability in a solo workout can have an effect on what we’re getting from our exercise. One of the main benefits of a group exercise class is it forces you to challenge yourself, and push past your ordinary fitness limits, and thereby get the most out of your gym session.
A bit of structure can go a long way in formatting your workout and keep you coming back to the gym long-term. It is much more difficult to bail on a set-time, scheduled class than it is to bail on a loose “I’ll go to the gym after work” intention. Use the structure of group class exercise to keep yourself on track and to be accountable to your fitness goals.
A Bit of Variety to Keep You Interested
Variety is key to keeping you challenged. As your body adapts to new workouts, it settles within its limits and you get less and less from the exercise. Mixing your routine up with group exercise classes not only keeps you pushing yourself harder, but it also allows you to focus on different muscle groups on different days. Great!
Did a weightlifting class last week? Why not try Pilates tomorrow? Keep in interesting and you’ll keep seeing results.
Keep Your Insecurities at Bay
When it comes to hitting the gym, we all have our insecurities. These can be difficult to overcome, especially if you’re new to your fitness regime.
The solution is group exercise classes. You’ll be guided through a workout by a qualified trainer and surrounded by a group of people who are all as focused on the workout as you are. No more overthinking, no more skipping the gym!
A Check On Your Form
If you’re unsure of your form or how to do certain exercises, a group exercise class is the ideal solution. With a qualified instructor leading every class, you’ll get the direct instructions and tailored fitness tips you need to progress without injuring yourself.
Manage Your Time Better
Being able to book a group exercise class ahead of time will allow you to better manage your time. Knowing when and where you need to be and for how long will let you slot regular exercise into your everyday life without any imposition felt.
A group exercise class is an excellent way of meeting like-minded people. Having a “gym friend” who encourages you to attend and motivates you to exercise is also an excellent system of accountability. Even if you’re not looking to make friends, it’s a great idea to surround yourself with people with similar goals to keep you invested.
A Group Exercise Class is Great for Your Mental Health
While exercise in general is great for your mental health, a group exercise class in particular is a brilliant way of maintain regular workouts while also reducing your stress levels and increasing your contact with like-minded gym-goers. As said above, this will help you to stay motivated and feel even better about yourself as you progress!
Most importantly, a group exercise class is fun! At Beckwith Health Club, we have a wide range of group exercises classes to keep you interested, challenged, and fit. Have a look at our schedule here.
For a muscle toning and challenging weight class, why not try Spartan Circuits? Or, focus on your abs and glutes with Legs, Tums & Bums! How about a Cardio H.I.I.T class to get your blood pumping and burn calories? And maybe a Yoga class for some well-earned stretching and meditation at the end of the week?
To book your group exercise class with us…
Talk to our great reception team or call us on 01432 522177! We look forward to seeing you at Beckwith Health Club!