The Benefits of Group Fitness Classes


We’ve all walked into the gym and walked passed the group fitness studios, right? You hear the funky music and see a group of people dancing and sweating, and you start to wonder if a flash mob has broken out. But, that’s not a flash mob; it’s a group fitness class! Maybe you’ve been curious about joining one of these classes but you aren’t quite sold. It sounds like you need to hear about the benefits of group fitness classes!

Group fitness members have similar goals!benefits-of-group-fitness-classes

There are a lot of ways group fitness classes can motivate you. A big one is that in a group fitness class, you’ll be surrounded with individuals who have similar goals as you. Being part of a collective, like-minded group can do wonders for morale and motivation.

Group fitness adds some variation to your routine.

Whether you participate in group fitness classes regularly or occasionally, they’re a great way to add some variation to your routine, and adding slight variations to your workout routine is an excellent way to stay motivated. At the Lafayette Family YMCA, we offer classes like Body Pump, RPM, Zumba, Yoga, and many more! Whether you’re after a relaxing class or an intense class, a strength class or a cardio class, you can find a group class that’ll help you reach your fitness goals!   

Fitness classes keep you accountable!

Have you ever heard of FOMO? It stands for “fear of missing out.” When it comes to fitness, FOMO isn’t a bad thing! Once you get to know the group fitness instructor and others in a class, you won’t want to miss out and will be more likely to make it to the gym.

Group fitness teaches you new and proper workout techniques!

Let’s be honest; we don’t always have the best form when we exercise.
Participating in a group fitness class means you’ll get some instruction on exercising. At the YMCA, our group fitness instructors are trained to teach proper form and are always happy to help if you’re afraid you’re doing something wrong. This means you will have someone to show you the proper techniques that will maximize your workouts. You can use this knowledge in group fitness classes
and in your normal routines. Many people come away from group fitness classes with new exercises or techniques they had never thought of before.  

Fitness classes can challenge you.

What motivates you during your workout? The perfect song? Comfy shoes? Some people prefer to be self-motivated, while others prefer to have someone challenging them every step of the way. These are the kind of people who enjoy working out with a friend or with a personal trainer. These people will also love group fitness classes. Group fitness instructors are great motivators and will challenge you to reach your full potential.

Group fitness classes are fun!

There are a lot of benefits of group fitness classes, but perhaps the only one you need is FUN! Put simply, group fitness classes are one of the most fun things you can do at the gym because it breaks the mold of the tedious exercise routine. That is one of the main reasons group fitness classes were created in the first place. You don’t need to motivate yourself to have fun!


Group fitness classes are a great tool to add to your fitness routine. They allow you to meet people with similar goals as you, mix up your workout routine, hold yourself accountable, learn proper form and new techniques, be challenged, and have fun!


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