Let’s set the scene… the sun is out, happy class-goers are gathering and discussing their workouts last week, an inspiring instructor is getting set up and a buzz of high energy is starting to fill the air in anticipation for a workout to begin.
If you haven’t put yourself into that scene before, you are missing out! Not only is a group workout a surefire way to boost your fitness levels and switch on muscles you didn’t know you had, it is also a serious motivator to exercise.
Here are 5 ways group fitness will boost your motivation to exercise:
1. You're surrounded by like-minded people
A good way to find motivation is to surround yourself with like-minded people. People who encourage you to be the best version of yourself – and group workouts offer you just that. When everyone is there for the same reasons as you – to get fitter and healthier – it creates a supportive and positive environment, as well as a sense of belonging and a desire to be there.
It’s likely you’ll become friends with the people you see on a regular basis at group fitness classes, with camaraderie adding to your motivation levels too. “We are socially motivated when we are in a setting that fosters camaraderie,” explains Dr Amanda Adams, nutritionist and personal trainer.
2. Group training beats solo training
A number of studies have shown exercise is greatly enhanced when you’re training with a buddy or in a group setting – making group fitness the perfect way to take your training to the next level. There is a theory called The Köhler effect that occurs when individuals work better when placed in a team environment than they would on their own – for example, one study found that 95% of those who started a weight loss program with friends completed the program, compared to a 76% completion rate for those who tackled the program alone. Sometimes just the positive energy of group can be enough to motivate you to exercise harder.
When you set up a work meeting with a colleague or a catch up coffee with a friend, you become accountable to that meeting and it would be very rare for you to not show up – because you would be letting someone down. Similarly, going to a group workout run by an instructor that you like and attended by familiar faces (who may have become your friends) each week can instil a sense of accountability in you. It’s this accountability that will motivate you to show up each week and put 100% effort into your workout – after all, you don’t want to have to say to them “Oh, I just couldn’t be bothered, I went home last week,” do you?
If the idea of doing the same exercise routine each week puts you off exercise altogether, group workout sessions could be the answer to your training needs! The instructor with imagination will change the session each week, meaning you don't have to think about it, but you have the opportunity to try something new and challenging. Mixing it up and variety ensures you don’t get bored and maintains your motivation levels to exercise have the potential to soar.
5. You'll see results
Group workout sessions are planned and designed for participants to get results – whether it’s the way two exercises are paired together for maximum lean muscle gain or the build up of moves for a cardio blast, there is a method behind the structure of each session, meaning you get to reap the health and fitness rewards.
There is no better feeling than seeing results from all your hard work and sweat – it can be highly empowering, can boost your self confidence and will definitely motivate you back to exercise again and again. The confidence boost from seeing serious results is one of the main reasons why celebrity trainer, Lacey Stone, loves fitness. She says: “Working out adds to my confidence levels in my everyday life.”
Our group workouts centre around sport and being outdoors, another reason to get involved, as not only will you improve your fitness, your mood will be lifted too!
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