Do you have a hard time sticking with a workout regimen?
This is, unfortunately, a problem that plagues millions of Americans every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 25 percent of Americans get the recommended amount of exercise on a regular basis.
If you find yourself struggling to find the motivation to work out, one of the best ways to get around it is by joining a work out group. By scheduling a class and surrounding yourself with others while you work out, you’ll increase your chances of sticking to a regimen and reaching your fitness goals.
It doesn’t matter if you want to lose weight, tone up your muscles, or just blow off some steam. A group workout will prove to be effective and will make working out fun again.
Here are 7 benefits of joining a work out group.
1. Allows You to Take a New Approach to Working Out
Does your workout schedule look a little bit like this right now?
- Monday: Run 2.5 miles on the treadmill
- Tuesday: Run 2.5 miles on the treadmill
- Wednesday: Off
- Thursday: Run 2.5 miles on the treadmill
- Friday: Run 2.5 miles on the treadmill
- Saturday: Run 2.5 miles on the treadmill
- Sunday: Off
If so, we don’t blame you for being bored at the gym! It’s hard to motivate yourself and hit your goals when you’re doing the same thing over and over and over again.
By linking up with a work out group, you’ll be able to bust out of your monotonous routine and take a brand-new approach to working out. As part of your group, you can try something like high-intensity interval training, better known as HIIT, on for size and see how you like it.
When you take this approach, you’ll finally be excited about going to the gym again. You’ll look forward to meeting up with your group and doing a workout that you haven’t done a million times already in the past.
2. Lets You Learn the Right Ways to Perform Exercises
There are a lot of people who think about taking HIIT group workout classes but decide against it simply because they’re too intimidated to try something new. They think they’ll make a fool out of themselves by taking part in a HIIT class when they aren’t sure how to perform the exercises that go along with it.
You might feel a little bit like a fish out of water for the first few minutes of your first HIIT class. But one of the big benefits of working out with a group is that those around you will encourage you and make you feel welcomed.
Additionally, the instructor of your class will help you learn the right ways to perform the different exercises that they ask you to do. By the end of your initial class, you’ll feel more confident about working your way through a HIIT workout, and you’ll look forward to learning more exercises the next time you participate in a class.
3. Makes You Feel More Accountable For Missing Workouts
When you work out on your own, it’s incredibly easy to come up with excuses for why you can’t go work out. You’ll say:
- “I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’m too tired to work out”
- “I worked out hard on Monday, so I deserve to take Tuesday off”
- “I missed my favorite show on TV last night, so I’m going to go watch that instead”
When you only have to answer to yourself when you skip a workout, you can come up with any number of excuses to make yourself feel better about doing it.
But trying telling everyone in your work out group about why you can’t make it to a workout. Unless you’re on your death bed or attending a funeral, they’re going to tell you to knock it off and get your behind to the gym immediately.
After a while, you won’t even bother trying to weasel your way out of workouts anymore. You’ll feel so accountable to those who work out with you that the idea of missing workouts won’t even cross your mind.
4. Pushes You When You’re Taking a Class
Have you heard of the Köhler effect before?
If not, it’s a psychological phenomenon that occurs when people participate in activities as part of a group. It causes them to work harder as a part of the group than they would if they were working on the same activities as individuals.
Psychologists believe there are a few different potential causes for the Köhler effect. But it all boils down to this: When people are part of a group, they don’t want anyone to consider them the “weak link” of the group. So they strive to do everything in their power to avoid being perceived as the weakest member of the group.
The Köhler effect will be in full effect when you’re taking a HIIT class with a work out group. When you turn to your left, turn to your right, or turn behind you, you’ll see your fellow group members working hard and trying to burn as many calories as they can.
You will, in turn, work as hard as you can to follow their lead so that you don’t get left behind in the dust. You’ll be able to push yourself harder when you’re surrounded by people chasing after their own fitness goals.
5. Gives You a Chance to Get Advice From Others
Maybe you’ve been working out non-stop for six months in the hopes of losing 10 pounds and been unsuccessful. Or maybe you’ve been trying desperately to get ripped abs for a year now to no avail.
It can be frustrating when you feel you’re doing everything in your power to get results and not seeing any. It’s one of the many reasons why some people decide to quit working out altogether.
When you’re a member of a work out group, you’ll get the chance to voice your frustrations to others. You’ll also get an opportunity to pick your group’s collective brain about what you should do to inch closer to your fitness goals.
There might be someone in your group who can provide you with nutrition tips that’ll help you lose weight. There might be someone else who can talk to you about doing the right ab routine to chisel your midsection.
You’ll basically open up a treasure trove of valuable information when you join a group workout. There will be plenty of people around you who can provide advice that will change your outlook on fitness.
6. Releases More Endorphins While You Work Out
If you’ve spent any amount of time working out on a regular basis, you know all about the endorphins that come along with exercising. Endorphins are chemicals that are released when you work out, and they make you feel great. They’re so powerful that they’re known to knock out depression in some people.
All of the usual endorphins will be released when you’re taking part in a group workout. But you’ll also get an extra dose of endorphins in most cases every time you smile at someone in your group or laugh at something they say.
By the end of a workout, you’ll be swimming in endorphins and feeling better than you ever have before at the gym. Your body won’t know what hit it and will crave the companionship of your work out group more in the future.
7. Opens Up Opportunities to Make New Friends
Studies have shown that the average person stops gaining new friends and starts losing old friends once they turn 25. Between working, maintaining a marriage or a relationship, and raising a family, most people just don’t have enough hours in the day to keep all their friendships alive.
The other problem is that it’s just hard to meet new people who you want to become friends with at a certain point in your life. Where would you meet these people even if you wanted to make new friends?
The easy answer to that question is: “The gym!” When you’re a member of a work out group, you’ll suddenly be surrounded by a handful of people who could potentially turn into your good friends.
There’s no guaranteeing that you and your new workout buddies are going to turn into besties anytime soon. But at the very least, they’ll often turn into close associates who you can turn to for advice both inside and outside of a gym setting.
Join a Work Out Group and Reap the Rewards
As you can see, joining a work out group has a long list of amazing benefits. You would be crazy not to at least consider joining one today.
Group workouts will motivate you in a whole new way at the gym. They’ll also reinvigorate your enthusiasm for working out and produce real results that you can see.
Contact us today to find out how enrolling in a HIIT class could change your life and your attitude about working out.