Trainer Tips: The five benefits of group fitness classes

by Gazette Reporter

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This week, Martin Stoynov – a trainer at Icon Health Club, Camden Street – discusses the merits of group fitness classes.

When people first join a gym, they’re often unsure what they should do once they step inside the building. Some struggle to determine where to start, which exercises to do and simply don’t know how to do them.

When choosing a health club consider if you have included in your membership appointments with a qualified personal trainer who can create, update and progress your exercise program and of course show you how to follow it correctly.

Often people forget to keep their training challenging once they get started and get stuck into the habit of doing the same thing every time they go in the gym.

Whether you’re a regular gym goer who is looking for a variety in your training or a beginner who just don’t have much fitness knowledge, group fitness classes may be your solution. Joining a class can help build a foundation and knowledge that you can use to fuel your personal health journey for years to come.

1. Motivation
It’s inspiring and motivating to be surrounded by dedicated, like-minded individuals. It doesn’t get much more empowering than a class with an encouraging instructor and supportive people all working hard together. Group fitness is a great way to help motivate yourself and push harder in your workouts.

2. Structure
Group fitness is a great way to get a complete workout on time without having to think or plan. Each class is structured with a warm-up, a balanced workout and a cool-down.

The warm-up is designed to help you properly raise your heart rate while loosening your joints and muscles before jumping into strenuous activity. The instructor will coach you through each segment of the workout. The cool-down will help you safely lower your heart rate and stretch all the major muscles worked during class.

3. Proper Form
It’s the fitness instructor’s job to not only show proper form, but to also make sure that everyone in the class is executing each exercise the right way. Not only is proper form important for your muscles to reap the most out of every exercise, but it also helps eliminate potential injuries.

4. Accountability
Most clubs require members to sign up in advance for their classes. This is a great way to keep yourself accountable for your workouts. If you’re signed up and it’s on your schedule, there’s a good chance you won’t skip it.

5. Fun
Group fitness classes are fun! Between the upbeat music, a great workout and a group of people motivating each other along the way, it’s an enjoyable way to exercise. The social aspect of it is also a great way of making new friends.

Turning to the person next to you at the end of a class and simply saying something like “This was a great workout!” is an instant icebreaker and conversation starter. If you’re looking to add a little more fun in your fitness life, group classes may be just what you need.

Icon Health Clubs offer a choice of over 250 group exercise classes a week as part of their membership. They offer everything from Aqua Spin to trampolining in the water, Aerial Yoga, Les Mills, Pilates and much much more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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