When you walk into a group fitness class the energy is effervescent; people of all ages and fitness levels are there with a common purpose—to sweat and have fun while working hard to get fit. It is the same energy that you feel at an event like a 5K race or a half marathon. It makes you want to work that much harder and it inspires you to want to get in the best shape of your life. It takes the “work” out of working out and makes it fun!
“It motivates you,” said LA Fitness member Nikki Hess. “You know the other (people) may not want to work out, but they are here (at the class) and that encourages you.”
Though everyone in the class is doing the same thing, you are in control of your intensity level. It‘s okay to slow down and take a break when you need to, and it is important to remember this simple fact—when you go to a group fitness class you are moving more and burning calories, which is the key to losing weight and reducing body fat.
“I work out three times-a-week, and these classes have really helped me to tighten up and be proud of my body,” said Nikki. “I don’t even think twice (now) about how I look in a swimsuit because LA Fitness’ classes have helped me to maintain my body the way I like it.”
Group fitness classes are led by certified instructors who do more than just motivate you. The instructors direct you during your work out so you don’t have to guess what you should be doing to get in shape. If you are new to the gym, stuck in a plateau, or unfamiliar with working out, then going to group fitness classes are a great option.
LA Fitness member Becky Sullivan found that the classes offered her a way to be more comfortable working out. Going to group workouts and adjusting her diet helped her tone her entire body and lose the last 10 pounds that she gained during her pregnancy.
“I’ve never been very good at knowing what to do with all of the equipment out on the floor, which is why classes are great,” said Becky. “The instructors work every muscle group each week giving you a much more diverse workout than if you just showed up and lifted a few weights for an hour.”
Some of you may avoid trying group fitness classes because you find them intimidating. Don’t worry, you’re not alone; many people feel the same way when it comes to stepping into a class for the first time. Here is the solution.
- Step one – Walk through the door and into the group fitness room.
- Step two – Burn calories, sweat and have a blast!
“I was intimidated at first,” said Becky. “You have to realize there is a variety of people there of every (fitness) level. I was not sure what the class was and how hard it would push me; it only takes going once to find out.”
The only prerequisite is…the ability to have a good time!
“Zumba intimidates me; I lack coordination (laughs),” said Nikki. “Dancing is not something I’m good at, but I see people in that class who don’t follow every step and they still look like they are having fun!”
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