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Group training: Is it for you?

girls-working-out_t20_ko4jePYou have probably noticed that group training is starting to increase in popularity throughout the fitness world – group training is no longer limited to dance fitness and sit-and-be-fit classes. Along with the myriad of new workouts and fitness programmes that cater to group workouts, there are also gyms specifically created for group workouts. However, group training sessions are not for everyone and getting sweaty with strangers can be off-putting for some. The brief guide below will help you to decide whether or not group training should be the next fitness trend you try.

A class for everything

Gyms and fitness providers have started innovating in the last few years and began offering everything from doga (yoga with dogs) to infrared lightweight rooms and aqua spinning in a swimming pool. The same innovation goes for group fitness classes. There are group classes for spin, aerobics, CrossFit, weights, dance, aquatics and yoga; with such a diversity of offerings, you can find something that you enjoy, or at least something that piques your interest. The fun of group training is that you can try different classes that you might not have otherwise tried to see what you like most, and what you would prefer not to try again.

Collective motivation and support

Another benefit of group training is the motivation that training with a group can bring. When you exercise with a group, you are more likely to push yourself further during the workout than you would while exercising alone. However, with that being said, you might also overdo it while training with a group. It is important to listen to your body, never push yourself too far, and to feel comfortable doing workouts at your own pace.

Group training can also provide more support than training solo. When you train with a group, you can get feedback on your form in real-time and you can get assistance from your fellow participants when you need a little extra help to push yourself.

Staying accountable

Working out with a group can also give you a sense of accountability. When you attend group training sessions, you are part of a specific group and that can give you a sense of connection and accountability. This will help to push you off the couch and into the gym because the people you train with will be expecting you to show up.

Less flexibility

One downside to consider to group training is that there tends to be less flexibility. Unlike heading to the gym whenever you like and texting in between reps, group training has more structure and requires specific time commitments. This means that group training might be better suited to individuals who like having more of a routine to their workouts and feel motivated by it.

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