By Isabella Broggini
There comes a time when we all get really sick of our workout routines. We’re bored of coming into the gym only to repeat the same old exercises, but our dilemma is that we don’t know how to change. This boredom can lead to a lack of motivation that keeps us from reaching our fitness goals. If this is something that you’re currently struggling with, taking group fitness classes may be the push that you need to get over your exercise plateau. Here are five reasons why you should include group fitness classes into your regular fitness routine:
1. You’ll make friends
Even though there are tons of people living in New York, it can be a fairly lonely place, especially if you are new to the city. Taking a group fitness class is a great way to make new connections with people who share common interests with you. It is also a much healthier way to socialize than constantly attending a happy hour or going to restaurants and consuming unhealthy meals. Check out our Downtown group fitness class schedule for a variety of different classes for all fitness levels. Next time you attend a class, don’t be shy and try introducing yourself to a fellow exerciser: you may meet a workout buddy in the making!
2. You’ll save time
According to a 2016 poll, 1 in 4 American adults cited “lack of time” as a reason that they didn’t engage in regular exercise. Fortunately, group fitness can help you overcome this barrier. Group fitness classes like CBXT offer short-duration, fat-blasting circuits that will help you torch calories and build muscle in less time. These classes usually run between 30 and 45 minutes, but the intense nature of the workouts will allow you to reap the same benefits as you would from a longer-duration training session. Even if you opt for an hour-long group fitness class, you will most likely still save time because you won’t be wandering around the gym trying to figure out what machine to use for your next exercise. Group Fitness classes are great because the workouts are already all planned out for you by a fitness professional, and you do not have to worry about designing your own training program.
3. You’ll get extra motivation
Motivating yourself to work out at your maximum capacity even when it hurts is a lot easier to do when you’re surrounded by fellow exercisers who are doing the same. The sense of camaraderie that you get from doing intense exercises alongside others can build great relationships and also help you push past your limits while training. In addition, if you are the competitive type, seeing others complete tough exercises will give you extra incentive to do them yourself. It’s easy to give up on a hard exercise when no one is around to keep you accountable, but it’s a lot harder when you’re in a class with an instructor.
4. It’s a cost-effective alternative to personal training
Although it would be ideal for everyone to be able to afford a personal trainer, this is not always the case. Group fitness classes can be a great alternative to 1-on-1 training. Like personal training, group fitness classes allow you to have someone at your disposal who can check your form, but they usually come at no additional cost to your gym membership. Some classes, like this great HIIT class in lower Manhattan, offer members a trial period during which you can take the class at no additional cost to see if you like it and would want to continue.
5. You won’t get bored
Repeating the same workout over and over again at the gym gets really boring, not to mention it is not an effective way of improving your fitness. Trying out different group fitness classes can be an easy way to switch up your workouts without having to put much thought into it. Some gyms offer both cardio classes and classes dedicated to strength training so that you can alternate between the two and improve your overall fitness. Don’t forget to take recovery days during which you can do lower-intensity classes such as yoga or meditation that will allow you to focus on improving your flexibility and clearing your mind. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran gym-goer, there are plenty of group fitness classes available to you that will help you sculpt your dream beach body in time for summer!
Eager to start your journey with group fitness? Check out this group fitness class in lower Manhattan that promises to burn 1,000 calories per class! Bonus: you can sign up for it even without a gym membership!