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Why Group Fitness?

There are several reasons why I enjoy group fitness classes:

  1. Motivation: Working out in a group setting helps me stay motivated and push myself harder than I would on my own. The energy and enthusiasm of everyone keeps me going even when I feel tired or challenged.

  2. Socialization: Group fitness classes provide an opportunity to connect with others who share similar health and fitness goals. It is a great way to meet new people, make friends, and feel a sense of community.

  3. Accountability: Knowing that others are expecting me to show up for class helps me stay accountable and committed to my fitness routine. I am less likely to skip a workout when I know that others are counting on me to be there. Seriously - when you become a regular if you miss a class - you will hear about it at the next one!

  4. Variety: Group fitness classes offer a wide range of workouts and formats, from high intensity interval training to yoga and suspension training. I've been to enough classes to know what I like and what I don't like and personally - the tougher the class the better. But I will always give a new class a chance.

  5. Expert guidance: Instructors in group fitness classes are knowledgeable and they provide proper guidance on form, technique, and progression.

When I lived in Eastern North Carolina I was an instructor for a few different specialized fitness classes; PiYo (a fusion of yoga and pilates), Spin, Zumba, Cize (hip hop cardio dance) and TurboKick (cardio kickboxing). Fast forward to now and here I am teaching group fitness again - this time, certified with International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and working at a local YMCA in Wisconsin. I teach Cardio and Strength classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm - 6m at the Ogden YMCA and Valley Tennis Center at 720 Shady Lane, Neenah, WI. And even though I am an instructor -I still take as many classes with other instructors as my schedule allows. Let's face it -group exercise is addicting. I mean, there are worse things right?

So, here's my public service announcement: If you've never participated in a group fitness class I highly encourage you to seek one out. Heck - try out a few different classes to "shop" for what you like. I'd even love it if you joined one of my classes. Worst case scenario = you decide that style of workout is not for you. But you will still walk away having done a 45 - 60 minute workout. And that you can feel good about!

What is your favorite group fitness class?

  • Spin/Cycle

  • Bootcamp Style/High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

  • Zumba/Dance

  • Strength and Weights


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