Get Fit with Group Classes at Generate!
July 25, 2015
Motivation is a tricky thing. Some days you have more than you know what to do with, while other days – well, I know I’m not the only one who wants to curl up on my yoga mat and take a nap. Exercising is hard work, but Those who exercise in groups sustain greater motivation to train than those who work out alone.
Endorphins are produced by virtually any vigorous physical activity, but group work appears to enhance the effect dramatically – and there’s plenty of evidence that exercise classes meet that description. In a series of studies stretching back more than a decade, University of Saskatchewan professor Kevin Spink has found those who feel a greater sense of “groupness” and cohesion within an exercise class are more punctual, have better attendance and even work harder.
In addition, working out in groups helps with workout consistency, according to a 2011 story in the Los Angeles Times . The author interviewed Bert Carron, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, who states that study participants were significantly more likely to stick to a new exercise plan if they were part of a group than if they were meant to work out at home. A 2006 study from the University of Copenhagen confirms this, finding that participants who felt cohesion with the group they worked out with were more likely to continue with an exercise program.
If you’re struggling to fit in exercise or not sure how to start a fitness program, you might want to give our group classes a try!
Group fitness are a great way to get started, with the guidance from the instructor and the support from the group, it’s a great way to socialize and exercise all at once. No matter is your goal is getting in more cardio or actually lifting weights – we have a class for that!! Ask a friend to join you or make new ones in Spinning, Cardio Row or HOIST Circuit.
Beyond that, if your challenge is more performance than just showing up, getting competitive in a group fitness class (like HIIT, Power Pairs or Tabata) can help you push harder and get fitter. After all, if the woman next to you is still doing burpees even though she sounds like she’s struggling, what’s keeping you from working just as hard?
Finally, following the leader in a great group class will help you keep things fresh and keep your body challenged. Adding variety to your workouts is a good thing (try Zumba or Nia), it keeps you interested and gives you new goals to work toward.