Is Group training worth it?
Group training is becoming more and more popular but the thought of working out with absolute strangers might not appeal to you. So why join a group session when you can work out alone?
When you work out alone, you’re responsible for motivating yourself and holding yourself accountable. It’s a lot of responsibility and there will be days when you’re just not feeling it. When the only person you need to answer to is yourself, your workout will be impacted by your mood. Maybe today you’re not feeling it, so you do a shorter session. Another day you’re feeling great and push yourself further than you should and lose a day to recover. It’s a lot of work to motivate yourself every day especially on those days where things haven’t gone to plan.
In a group session, your instructor does the planning and preparation for you. All you need to do is show up and you’ll gain energy from the people around you to stay motivated. The strangers you work out with will soon enough become your community where you feel safe to reach for your health and fitness goals. Here are 5 ways to get the most out of your group training so it’s worth it.
With group training, all you need to do is show up. You don’t need to think about or plan your workout. The instructor does all the hard work to make sure the only thing you need to focus on is getting there.
Learn proper form
It’s the instructor’s job to make sure you are learning the proper form so don’t be afraid to ask questions when needed. There are two benefits to moving well before moving often. One, you’ll avoid injury. And two, your muscles will get the most out of each exercise.
Meet your team members
It’s important to have the right support around you. Meeting other members and learning about what drives them creates a more motivating environment. A team environment will encourage healthy competition to help you achieve your goals.
Ease into it
High-intensity group training can be demanding on your body. The best approach is to start slow and discover your fitness level before increasing intensity. Progressively upping your intensity each week is the best way to stay consistent and build strength and conditioning safely.
You get a lot of energy from the people around you. Take advantage of this energy to achieve your next personal best while having fun. It’s important to make time to celebrate your achievements with your community to feel good about your workout.
The important takeaway from group training is to feel good. Feel good about showing up. Feel good about guilt-free training where your instructor does all the planning and preparation and you reap the rewards. Feel good about celebrating your successes with other people to stay energized and motivated.