6 Benefits of Group Fitness Classes

When people first join a gym, they're often unsure what they should do once they step inside the building. Some struggle to determine which exercises to do, others simply don't know how to do them.

Whether you're a beginner at the gym or you just don't have much fitness knowledge, group fitness classes may be your solution. Joining a class can help build a foundation and structure that you can use to fuel your personal health journey for years to come.

1. Motivation

It's inspiring and motivating to be surrounded by dedicated, like-minded individuals. It doesn't get much more empowering than a class with an encouraging instructor and supportive people all working hard together. Group fitness is a great way to help motivate yourself and others to dig deeper and push harder in workouts.

More: Stay Motivated to Workout With Group Exercise

2. Structure

Group fitness is a great way to get a workout in without having to think or plan. Each class is structured with a warm-up, a balanced workout and a cool-down.

The warm-up is designed to help you properly raise your heart rate while loosening your joints and muscles before jumping into strenuous activity. The instructor will coach you through each segment of the workout. The cool-down will help you safely lower your heart rate and stretch all the major muscles worked during class.

3. Proper Form

It's the fitness instructor's job to not only show proper form, but to also make sure that everyone in the class is executing each exercise the right way. Not only is proper form important for your muscles to reap the most out of every exercise, but it also helps eliminate potential injuries.

More: Infographic: Best Fitness Classes for Burning Calories and Losing Weight

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About the Author

Sue Parke

Sue Parke is a certified group exercise and Pilates instructor. She's also a brand ambassador and a contributing writer for various companies. She loves running, hiking, skiing and strength training. Sue is also a singer and graduate from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and including them on her outdoor fitness adventures. Sue can be found on Twitter, Facebook and her personal website at www.sueparke.com.

Sue Parke is a certified group exercise and Pilates instructor. She's also a brand ambassador and a contributing writer for various companies. She loves running, hiking, skiing and strength training. Sue is also a singer and graduate from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and including them on her outdoor fitness adventures. Sue can be found on Twitter, Facebook and her personal website at www.sueparke.com.

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