Benefits of Group Fitness Classes

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Whatever your goal is, Group Fitness classes are the best option for many people. If you want to improve your fitness level, group exercise classes are a great way to get results from your workouts. Not only are these classes fun, they provide a positive, uplifting atmosphere. Lets see some benefits of Group Fitness from Vickie Lang, Assistant Director of Group Fitness at Mountainside Fitness. Take it away Vickie!

Here are some of the benefits of group exercise:

Motivation:  A little encouragement from the instructor or fellow classmate can help you keep up your level of workout intensity. Benefits include exposure to a social and fun environment, a safe and effectively designed, workout, a consistent exercise schedule, an accountability factor for participating in exercise, and a workout that requires no prior exercise knowledge or experience.

Accountability:  A common reason given for quitting an exercise program is boredom. A variety of class formats will keep you motivated and interested as well as give you different instructor styles, music and interaction with other participants. When you’re part of an exercise group, others will know when you miss a workout.

Competition:  Group exercise offers a workout for all levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. Healthy competition helps most people deliver their best effort.  Challenging a workout buddy can help you both do more than you would have done on your own. Participants simply have to show up with a positive attitude, participate at their own pace and most importantly have fun!

Community: Enduring a challenging workout together is a great way to develop new friendships. A good group exercise class will encourage a sense of play.  If you’re smiling and sweating at the same time your intensity will be higher and you’ll realize better results.

Structure:  An exercise class structured with a purpose can be beneficial for people with limited knowledge about safe and effective exercise programming. An instructor led workout is more likely to be a well-planned, complete workout.  On your own you might be tempted to skip exercises you don’t like or aren’t sure how to perform correctly.

Lastly, group exercise appeals to many people because of its diversity. Regardless of your passion or interest, what is most important is to move. Group exercise offers an outlet for people to do this while having fun! For more information on Group Fitness Classes and a class schedule check out

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