Group exercise classes are more than the loud music, fast movements and shouts of encouragement that are seen and heard in a fitness room. These half hour to one hour blocks of time offer social inclusion opportunities, physical benefits and psychological support. You should never be bored with the variety of exercise choices offered in group settings. From chizel and water aerobics to boot camps and indoor cycling, your fitness instructor will challenge and improve your body.
Social Opportunities
Attending a group fitness class gets you up off the couch and out of the same four walls of your home to meet people in your community. You are likely to have more fun exercising in a group than working out on your own. Fitness classes are a wonderful place to meet people who have similar lifestyle goals and needs. Make friends, have adult conversations and discover solutions to problems as you talk with other participants before and after class.
Motivation
Participating in a group exercise class challenges you to work out beyond your perceived limitations. The instructor observes your body for signs of fatigue and pushes you to your limits. You are likely to work out harder, as everyone is exercising toward the same goal, than you would on your own. A group fitness instructor explains the benefits of each exercise, which increases your reasons to complete the workout and keeps you returning to class.
Physical Benefits
Group exercise class are available in a variety of workout styles. If your goals are cardiovascular improvement and weight loss, select aerobic-based classes such as indoor cycling, kickboxing or step aerobics. Select weight training, calisthenics or boot camp classes if you also want to improve your muscular endurance and strength. If flexibility is your goal, a stretching or yoga class is a nice option.
Accountability
A group exercise setting helps keep you accountable to attend the class. When the instructor and other participants ask why you were absent, they generally are concerned for your well-being, and you will not want to have an “I sat on the couch” answer.
The YMCA offers a variety of group fitness classes that are free with your membership! These classes offer a variety of intensity levels and classes to fit everyone’s needs and interests. As the summer begins to wind down and the kids head back to school make sure you stop in and checkout the new fall fitness schedule due to be released on Aug. 15.
For more information about the fitness classes and how you can join in the fun call the Y at (419) 238-0443 or stop by the front desk to pick up a schedule.