Whether you join an organised spin class in the gym, link up with a workout group such as Bootcamp or get your own group of friends together for a workout, there are three good reasons why more is merrier in helping you get fit and reach your goals.
MotivationVery few people can say they are motivated to work out all the time. Yes, you may wake up one morning, slip on the trainers and go for a run, but are you always THAT motivated, all the time? Most people will have experienced that feeling of low energy, no drive and a huge temptation to just go home and turn on the television.
One of the greatest benefits about working out in a group setting is having other people around you to push you, whether you felt that motivated at the start of the session or not. Many people who attend a class will show up exhausted from the ups and downs of everyday life, but once they join the group, they become re-energised. With a friendly fitness instructor there to light a fire under you, it can’t get any better.
Once you get going, the energy of the instructor and the other group members will drive you on. Another plus? If you work out with people who are faster, stronger or fitter than you, they will push you to go faster, be stronger and go further, ultimately increasing your fitness level.
If you have told people you are going to turn up for a group class, then there is an added layer of expectation. It is the same if you have all organised a game of football or a run in the park – if you have promised to turn up, then the group’s expectations will act as a motivator.
Whether it is the thought of letting others down or the group teasing that may follow a ‘no-show’, accountability is a strong force to keep you on the road to fitness.
We are social creatures, we love to be around other people, to laugh, joke and have fun. This is one of the greatest by-products of a group workout setting. Nothing brings people closer quite like misery and physical suffering. If you’ve ever done a boot camp or similar class, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
Many people sign up to get more fit and along the way become friends through this mutual ritual. Many become lifelong best friends. Many classes not only work hard together, but they may also have social occasions away from the gym. Sport and fitness is truly one of the best ways to meet people who think like you and develop a common bond while getting into the best shape possible.
We live in a world where we’ve become so dependent on email, texting and social media. Human interaction is slowly disappearing. We can do just about everything today virtually without ever talking to a person.
Group fitness is the antidote to that. With group fitness, you have to get involved. You can try to escape to the back of the pack, but a good instructor will integrate you into the group whether you like it or not. Leave your office, your car or your house and go and get fit with a group of like-minded people.