Get fit for real: 7 addictive group fitness classes to finally see results
We all know the saying many hands make light work.
And whether you’re doing chores with your siblings, racing against an office deadline with colleagues, or working with your partner to make sure your two-year-old has pants on before leaving the house, we can surely agree…a group effort is always appreciated.
But what people may not realise is that this saying also applies to fitness. While sweating it out in the gym can take personal motivation (no-one else can tighten those buns for you), isolating yourself doesn’t always get the best results.
In fact, experts agree that working out in a group setting has a myriad of health benefits, like increased motivation, more intense inspiration and greater general enjoyment of the activity at hand.
Still want to sweat it out in the gym alone? A recent study found that 95% of those who started a weight-loss program with friends completed the program. And an overwhelming amount of research shows that the healthy actions of others motivate us to follow suit.
Luckily, there’s been a massive trend of fun group fitness classes in recent years. There’s no shortage of them and there’s something for everyone, helping us to enjoy getting fit together and better yet, to see better results.
Here are some of the hottest and most addictive group fitness classes right now that actually work.
Love to dance? Zumba could be the one to get your heart racing! Combining sexy Latin beats and international grooves with a body-toning workout routine, this class is a unique and culturally inspired way to get your tail feather moving and make some friends on the way.
Zumba is suitable for adults of all fitness levels. Younger kids can try the youth classes, if they also want to get involved in one of the most feels-too-good-to-be-fitness fun group fitness class ideas ever born.
Caution: this high-octane class is not for the faint of heart. Competitive, timed and hard-core, Crossfit is a blend of weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics and other intensive exercises. But if you can get to the top of the leaderboard, the rewards are said to be great.
Crossfit has inspired a global legion of followers for its unique fitness philosophy and its fat-burning, muscle-building capabilities. If this is the class you choose, be careful and begin at a level comfortable for you.
Make no mistake. Yoga isn’t just lying on a mat and chanting mantras. An ancient mind-body-spirit practice, yoga has long been known to positively affect health and fitness. Studies have found that yoga improves flexibility, builds muscle strength, perfects posture, lowers blood sugar and improves balance.
But the most surprising benefits for first-time yoga students are often mental. Yoga can seriously chill out the most stressed of office workers. In our fast-paced modern world, we could all do with a bit more ‘ommm.’
We all know the benefits of cycling hilly terrains, but as anyone who’s watched the Tour de France knows, too many bicycles in one lane is a pileup disaster waiting to happen.
Spinning is a great way to enjoy the benefits of group exercise, while still feeling that delicious burn—from the traffic-free seat of a stationary bike. Add some funky music and high-vibe fellow “spinners,” and you’ve got yourself one exhilarating endorphin rush.
5. Pole Dancing
No, pole dancing isn’t just for exotic dancers. It’s actually a high-intensity, full body workout designed to increase your strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. While some pole classes are strictly fitness-based, others incorporate fun dance routines and performances, so why not test your limits in more ways than one?
After twelve weeks of twisting around the pole like a pretzel, the toned, tight body you see in the mirror will be worth it.
If your childhood dream was to be a famous ballerina, there’s no need to put away that dream just yet. While Barre won’t put you on the world stage, it does claim to “sculpt a ballerina’s body.” And that body could be yours.
Barre is helps its class members to develop long, lean, toned-looking muscles. For that reason, it’s very popular with women. The workout varies in intensity, but promises to enhance flexibility and improve balance.
Pilates is similar to yoga in that it focuses on the holistic goal of mental and physical stamina and flexibility. However, there are a few key differences. Pilates is often said to be more energising, provide quicker results, and speed up weight loss.
There’s also a focus on developing solid core muscles, so hitting up Pilates could very well turn that dream of washboard abs into a reality. If you want less Zen and more “come on, then!” a consistent Pilates class will likely speed up your physical results.
As you can see, there’s certainly no lack of variety in the group fitness world!
There’s strength in numbers. It’s another great saying, and it also rings true. So give one of these group fitness classes a go this summer and see the results for yourself!