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.
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.
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.
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.
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.