We’ve all been in that moment when you’re pushing yourself through those last few squats in your ‘legs, bums and tums’ class: your glutes are on fire but everyone else is still going and there’s no way you’re going to give up…there’s definitely something to be said about the power of working out in a group!
If you’ve never taken part in a group fitness class, it’s the perfect time to start! Whether you are a beginner in the gym and are still learning the basics, or you’re just lacking a little motivation, taking part in a class can be a refreshing change to your usual gym routine.
Inspired to sign up to your next fitness class? Great! Surveys show that 96% of people who started fitness classes achieved their fitness goals and committed to their fitness routine for a longer period of time compared to simply going to the gym on their own.
As most classes are run on set days and times, you’ll able to plan your time around each class. This will help you to stick to your weekly fitness routine (and let’s be honest, sometimes we need all the help we can get!)
Can’t seem to find time get to the gym? Take a look at these top tips to help you fit your workouts around your family time
Fitness classes are a great place to take your friends for a fun workout, and who knows, you might even make some new friends while you’re there too!
Single and ready to mingle? The gym is a great place to meet someone special! They share your passion for fitness so you’ve already got something in common!
If you‘re looking for a change to your fitness routine, here are the classes that we’re loving right now!
1. Combat sports
With celebrity athletes like Antony Joshua, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey creating a buzz for combat sports, gyms around the world are jumping on the bandwagon and launching a series of combat-based sessions like Boxing HIIT classes. These full body workouts are super tough and are guaranteed to build your muscle mass, improve your cardio and stamina, and get you sweating!
It’s the perfect class to join during the summer time, you’ll be rocking the sleeveless tops and showing off your gorgeously toned arms in no time!
Using a combination of exercises to activate various parts of your body, cross-training is a refreshing change that’s sure to push you to your limits and add some variety to your workouts. Not only will you improve your overall fitness levels and burn some serious calories, it’s also the perfect exercise routine that you can do anytime, anywhere and doesn’t even need any equipment.
The principle of cross training is that you’re training in more than one sport – that could be anything from trying different fitness classes throughout the week (like yoga, boxing, aqua aerobics and weightlifting) to varying your workout to include your whole body – for example, using dumbbells to work your upper body whilst you peddle in a spinning class.
Find your zen moment with a yoga class! Not only does it look seriously impressive when you can perform some of the incredible gravity-defying poses (not to mention the fab Instagram pics you’ll get), there are also many other health benefits to be gained from practising yoga, including:
- Stress relief
- Improved strength and balance
- Better sleep quality
- Improved blood circulation
- Strengthened immune system
Invented in the mid-1980s and still popular today, spinning classes are a gym favourite the world over. A typical class could see you burn anything from 400 – 600 plus calories per session, and you’ll get to workout to some great music too!
Even though you'll be cycling on a stationary bike, spinning offers you a full-body workout; it’s perfect for amping up your cardio and fires up your muscles to burn more fat!
If you’re searching for an effective way to get ‘beach ready’ spinning is for you! Tone your legs and define your muscles for that summer beach body! Here are some more tips for getting in shape for summer.
The only downside is that you might have a sore bum for a while after the class, but it’s a small price to pay for all of the wonderful benefits you’ll gain in the long run!
5. Water-based fitness classes
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool at your gym (or live near the beach) working out in water is a fantastic way of activating your whole body whilst keeping cool if the weather’s hot – here’s how you can keep cool during your summer workout
Classes like aqua jogging or water aerobics are great fun. You’ll get all the additional benefits from working against the resistance of the water to help tone and define your body and increase your muscle strength.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, fitness classes are great fun!
Between the pumping music, upbeat atmosphere and a room full of people all cheering each other on, it’s definitely an enjoyable way to get your workout in.
Don’t forget, the trainer will be keeping an eye on you to ensure that your form is correct and that you aren’t slacking off! At least this means you’ll probably burn a few extra calories than you would if you were working out alone!
After all that hard work in the gym, make sure you book in for a massage to relax your muscles and relieve the aches and pains from your workouts. Never had a massage before? Find out about the benefits of massage therapy
If you are passionate about health and fitness, why not consider an exciting career as a personal trainer!
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