Why You Should Join Group Exercise Classes (Even if You Like Working Out Solo)

Fitness  |  November 17, 2016
  • 1. They push you harder
    1 / 5 1. They push you harder

    When you work out alone, it can be easy to take shortcuts and not give your all. However, being in a group setting motivates you to want to increase the intensity, so that you don’t appear as the weakest link (this is known as the Köhler effect). Group fitness classes can also make you more competitive, especially if it’s a boot camp class!

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  • 2. They provide you with variety
    2 / 5 2. They provide you with variety

    Even if you love to run, it can get boring to do the same thing every single day. Group exercise classes will work different muscle groups and stimulate your senses in a new way. Nike Master Trainer, coach Gady said: “Group exercise is a wonderful way to avoid fitness boredom.”

    (Also read: 7 Gym Classes That Will Make You Forget You’re Exercising)

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  • 3. They’re fun
    3 / 5 3. They’re fun

    There’s lots of positive energy in fitness classes (even when your spin class instructor keeps yelling at you to pedal faster – they’re only doing it to help you!). The #1 exercise class to date is zumba, most likely due to how much it feels like a huge dance party. It’s currently offered in 200,000 locations around the world!

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  • 4. They give you a sense of community
    4 / 5 4. They give you a sense of community

    Group workouts help you meet people and make friends. Everyone in the room also has the same goal in mind: to get fitter!

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  • 5. They are a great way to get in shape
    5 / 5 5. They are a great way to get in shape

    You’ll laugh, you’ll break a sweat, and your new friends will motivate you to want to keep going back.

    (Also read: 7 Best Exercises to Do During Your Period)

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    A version of this article first appeared on Biotherm’s lifestyle site, livemore.biotherm.com. For more information on Biotherm Singapore, visit biothermsg.com.

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