It can be difficult to keep up a consistent workout schedule that both strengthens your muscles and fills your daily cardio quota.
Spending hours at the gym every day can be time-consuming and, oftentimes, boring. And let's face it, if a workout stands in the way of an activity that's more exciting, we're way more likely to skip it.
But it doesn’t have to be like that thanks to the rise of group workouts. Here's why:
- You can't coast. Have you ever pedaled away on the elliptical for 40 minutes only to barely break a sweat? Yet, did you count it as a "workout"? Us too. However, when you commit to a class, you can't get away with half-hearted workouts. Each group class is led by a well-trained coach who critiques your movements. They teach you how to do new moves, they watch you as you work, and they keep the class moving at a high pace. The coaches aren’t afraid to tell you to straighten your back, to squat deeper, or to pedal faster. Not only do you reduce the risk of injury, but having others hold you accountable forces you to push yourself beyond your perceived limits. After a few sessions, you'll start to see the results of your hard work pay off!
- You're less likely to plateau. After spending weeks, months, or years doing your own workout routine, it can be easy to find yourself stuck in a rut. You may know your routine and have it down pat, however, it’s important to incorporate new movements into your regular routines so you can challenge your muscles. Oftentimes group classes will have you doing a variety of exercises, which helps stimulate muscle growth and your overall fitness level. By growing your overall fitness level you are better able to conquer all the activities life has to offer–be it climbing a mountain, kayaking up a river, hiking a trail, or whatever other adventure life throws your way.
- You are more efficient with your time. Group classes don’t start late and don’t go over their allotted time. There’s no lolly-gagging by the water fountain, no five-minute break in between sets, and no need to spend time wondering what you’re going to do next. In a community-driven class, the music is roaring, the sweat is pouring, and the clock is ticking. Even though your muscles burn, the atmosphere will push you to go harder, faster, and heavier. After your class, you can feel confident that you sufficiently worked out your body.
No matter what type of group class you choose, you can feel satisfied knowing you changed up your routine, challenged yourself and had fun in the process.
After that, it's all about recovery and getting the proper nutrition to refuel your muscles so that you're fresh for the next class (remember others are depending on you to show up).
Go out there and try out a community-driven class.
You won’t regret it.
Courtney is a born and raised Florida girl learning to survive in East Asia. When she's not tackling new languages and navigating far-away cultures, she can be found writing about her adventures on her blog, courtneylivin.com. Check out her latest book, The Smart Girls Guide To Surviving Her Twenties, and find her on Instagram at @courtneylivin.
Courtney Livingston is a Florida-born gal learning to live in East Asia. You can find travel tips and read about her daily adventures on her blog, CourtneyLivin.com. Make sure to check out her book, The Smart Girl's Guide to Surviving Her Twenties, for more tips on how to survive, and thrive, throughout your twenties.