Humans are an interesting species. We’ve evolved to the point where we don’t need to do all that much, so we have to go out of our way to get exercise! Kind of crazy when you think about it.
Because of this, the fitness industry has become so popular, that across 50 states, there are over 100,000 gyms in the US today.
No matter what has changed though, group fitness classes are still the best way to get in shape and stick with an exercise program. The only challenging part is finding the one that works for you. Let’s talk about that!
Choosing The Right Group Fitness Class For You
Okay, the first decision you’re going to make is very specific to your needs. You first have to decide if you’re looking for a cardio-based class, a strength training class, or a hybrid.
Regardless of your class, there are so many benefits associated with exercise, and even more benefits when working out in a group! So really, any class is better than none!
Many classes offer some kind of blend, like Crossfit classes, TRX, and some boot camp classes. If you’re looking to lose weight and get in shape, some blend of cardio and strength training is going to be right for you.
Other things to consider would be if you’re looking for courses tailored to beginners or advanced athletes, so maybe speak with a trainer first if you’re unsure where you fit on that spectrum.
There are plenty of other benefits to joining a class, including receiving instruction and feedback from a trainer, the social interaction with classmates, and of course, the fitness benefits. So make sure you go in with a clear idea in your mind of what you want.
If you purchase the class in advance and pay for it upfront, you’re making a pretty big commitment. These classes can be between 30 and 60 minutes, 1-3 times a week, and often go for up to 12 weeks per session. Choose wisely!
Types of Group Fitness Classes
Once you’ve decided what your desired goals are from the class, it’s time to choose the style. There are different forms of group fitness classes, and some are becoming more and less popular because of the pandemic. However, many gyms are opening at full capacity again across the US as the pandemic begins to fade.
Training at an in-person facility offers you several advantages, regardless of what type of class it is. It offers you a new community to engage with, and the chance to bring friends or family with you.
Meeting new people, engaging with new styles of fitness, and seeing people in person are excellent benefits to in-person classes. However, they aren’t for everybody.
Another huge perk to taking classes in a gym is the equipment they offer. Most classes will have resistance bands, dumbells, boxes, yoga mats, medicine balls, treadmills, and other equipment to keep a good variety on top of regular calisthenics. Most of these classes will be some type of hybrid with cardio and strength training, but it varies depending on the gym.
The downsides include that you often need a gym membership at the facility or a contract plan for the classes. This doesn’t have to be a downside. Some people enjoy having a set schedule that’s already paid for, which encourages them to stick to it. If that works for you and you have reliable transportation to make it to your classes, then by all means!
The main benefit of online classes is that if you have a computer or even a smartphone, you can do these anywhere. You can take these courses in your living room, back yard, while traveling, or even in the break room at work!
This freedom is great for people with a busy schedule or people who travel a lot but still want to stay in shape, or for people who lack the transportation to get to a gym.
This comes with a few downsides, though. Including the fact that you’ll be missing out on some of the social opportunities that would be provided with an in-person class. In fact, studies show that people in group fitness classes adhere to their exercise routines at a rate of over 66%, compared to only 26% in the control group.
Not only that, you won’t have access to the equipment offered by an in-person class.
Another great option for in-person fitness classes. This still provides you with plenty of social opportunities, without the need for purchasing a gym membership!
Outdoor “boot camps” are common in a lot of cities and towns throughout the US, and they are often community-organized, and sometimes even free to participate in! That’s a lot of great perks!
There are also a lot of great benefits to simply taking your workout outside, so that’s something to keep in mind!
The main downside is that these classes often don’t have a lot of equipment, so the exercise types may lack a little in the variety department. However, this varies from class to class.
The good news is that all you need is your body and gravity to get a good workout in, so depending on your goals, this could definitely be the right fit for you!
Get Started Today
They say the only bad workout is the one that never happened! There’s no time like the present, especially with the light at the end of the Covid tunnel!
If you’re interested in signing up for a group fitness class, there really is no better time. Gyms are opening and offering huge discounts all over!