When you're trying out a new style of working out, your pretty much playing "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." You've got to figure which one is just right for you. Some may be too boring, too intense, too easy or just way too out there for you. This will apply to any type of fitness quest: Crossfit vs. Orange Theory, Bootcamps vs. Spin Classes, LA Fitness vs. Gold's Gym. It doesn't matter what you're looking for, it matters what works for you. Maybe you're someone who's been working out on your own and it's time to spice things up. Group Exercise Classes may just be the way to go, but are they right for you?
Ask yourself these 5 questions to find out!
Do you really want to think about your workout? You have to think about so many things on a daily basis… what are you cooking for dinner, who’s picking up the kids, can you really afford to go to the mall and spend even more money at lulu lemon right now...? (That one can’t be just me.) You make so many decisions; why not take the thought out of your workout? When you workout in a class, you have a fitness professional planning everything from start to finish. There’s no more looking around deciding what machine to start on, or trying to figure out if your warm up was good enough to start lifting. Everything is taken care of for you; all you have to do is show up.
Do you want to workout harder? Better workouts lead to better results, so yeah, you do want to workout harder. Working out with other people can push you to do more in one workout. If everyone is going and energy is high, you’re not going to stop. When the person next to you picks up their pace, you’ll move a little bit faster to keep up. When your buddy gives you an encouraging nod, you’re going up in weight. Working out with others can push you to have a better workout so you can get even (as Kanye says) harder, better, faster, stronger.
Are you human? Ha! I already know the answer to this one. As humans, we are naturally social creatures and inherently crave human interaction. You may say you get enough human interaction at work, but it’s just not the same. The social environment at the gym is nothing but fun and positive energy. Just imagine all the high-fives you’ll get after you do your push ups. If you’re living right, the gym is your social life! I may be slightly biased on that one though.
Could you use some extra motivation? Zig Ziglar said it best, “Motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” On days you just can’t motivate yourself to workout, you’ll get your fill in class. Your coach will motivate you with cheesy jokes over the microphone, probably ones you’ve heard a few (hundred) times before. The people around you will motivate you with their hard work in class. And the energy of the class environment will motivate you because it’s contagious!
Do you want to be injury-free? Unless you’re trying to make your way to the front of the amusement park lines, you probably want to stay free of injuries. Having a fitness professional designing and leading class will make sure you’re going through a safe workout plan. Also, having that professional check your form throughout class will keep you doing things right so you don’t get hurt.
You may still be sitting there thinking, “I’ve answered yes to all of these questions, but I’ve seen group fitness classes and I don't have the patience to step-tap to the beat of the music." Group Exercise has a come along way from leotards and leg warmers. All you have to do is find the right type of workout for you.
So if you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions, you will most likely enjoy working out in a group setting… at least at Gravity + Oxygen Fitness. But that's just my opinion, you'll have to try it to find out!