If you’re the kind of person who is good at setting goals and sticking to them you might think that you don’t need a group fitness class. They cost money in addition to your gym membership (most of the time) and you’re capable of sticking to your fitness plan without them. While you should be commended for your efforts, there’s more to group fitness classes than just making sure that you turn up and work out once a week. Here’s why you should have a group fitness class even if you’re already hitting the gym on your own.
Cheaper than a Personal Trainer
Sessions with a personal trainer have been shown to help even fitness-focused individuals stay on track. Personal trainers are actually pretty expensive. If you want a cheaper alternative that also runs weekly, bi weekly, or once a month a group fitness class will do the trick. It will still give you the benefits that come from having a professional working with you to make sure that you’re staying in form and keeping up with your expected goals. If you’re not sure about the proper way to do a stretch, after class is a great time to quiz your instructor. You can get a professional’s input without having to shell out the huge bucks that it takes to snag a personal trainer for an hour.
Make New Friends with Similar Fitness Goals
Working out is a great time to be alone with your thoughts, but that doesn’t meant that you have to be alone all the time. Plus, there’s a strong correlation between the people you hang out with and the type of person you are. If you want to hang out with fitness minded friends who are going to drive you to succeed, you have to start somewhere. The gym is a great place to find people you have something in common with but it can be hard to strike up a conversation in the locker room or when you’re trying to focus on getting your reps in. A group fitness class gives you a natural topic when you’re approaching someone for friendship or just to see if you both thought the instructor was pushing a little too hard today.
Focus on Something You Don’t Alone
Group fitness classes are also there to help you become more well-rounded in your work out. If you’re a bench-pressing machine who’s used to strength training three times a week, you should branch out into a yoga class. Taking the time to work on an aspect of fitness that otherwise isn’t in your routine is a great use for a group fitness class. Plus, knowing that you’re going to have to show your progress week after week can keep you practicing in your free time at home. Everyone knows that to get the best health results you have to balance your fitness, but very few people actively do it on their own. They just find the kinds of exercises that they like to do and stick with them. Just like you wouldn’t skip leg day (unless you enjoy passing out), you shouldn’t skip out on the aspects of fitness that aren’t as fun for you. A group class is the motivation you could be lacking to fix your fitness blind spots.