Group exercise classes are one of the most popular ways to work out. (C’mon, you’ve watched them through the glass.) They may be jumping, spinning, or standing on their heads, but whatever they’re doing, they are in it together. But is group exercise right for you?
Like everything in life, group fitness has its pros and cons.
The pros are pretty obvious, working out in a group gives people a feeling of camaraderie, and having the instructor around assures that you will be doing a safe, effective work out, right? Not always.
I can tell you from first hand experience that it is very hard to lead a class that will be ideal for all the participants. There are always a few people who will need extra attention and instruction. However, if the class is crowded, the instructor might not be able to give the proper attention to newcomers without alienating class regulars.
Another pro is that the structure of having a class format can help you stay consistent and motivated with your training. Just don’t get too dependent on that one class, or your motivation might change along with the new fall schedule at your gym.
Group classes are great, but it’s also important to be able to get a workout in on your own. Don’t forget to mix it up and keep your workouts challenging.