What Group Fitness Class is Right for You?
“There is strength in numbers” is more than just an old adage. When it comes to fitness, research has shown that there are some serious benefits to working out in groups. The good news is that there are plenty of amazing group fitness classes out there. That’s also the bad news. With so many to choose from, how on Earth do you know which one is right for you?
The best way to narrow down your choices is to decide what you want from a group fitness class. Are you hoping to slim down or tone up? Are you ready for something intense or are you in need of something a bit more laidback? No matter what you are looking for, there really is a class format out there for everyone!
“I want to lose weight, but I hate running.”
When it comes to burning calories, many people assume they’ll have to hop on the treadmill or the elliptical for hours on end. The truth is that there are some great group fitness classes designed to make cardio sessions much more fun. Whether you raise your heart rate in a dance class or by rocking out on a bike, you’ll be that much closer to your goal.
Classes: Zumba®, SoulCycle®, RPM®
Keywords: weight loss, endurance, cardio, dance, spin, aerobics, interval training
“I want to build long, lean muscles.”
While you aren’t going to “look bulky” either way, some women prefer to take classes that are built to sculpt a long, lean physique. For this type of strength workout, bodyweight or low-weight moves are ideal. As an added bonus, many of these types of classes focus on balance, flexibility, and stress-relief to leave you feeling your best.
Classes: Power Yoga, Bar Method®, SLT
Keywords: sculpt, stretch, strength, tone, yoga, barre, pilates, core, strong, power
“I want a one-stop-shop.”
If you need to combine your strength and cardio sessions, you’re in luck. Some of the most popular fitness classes are the best of both worlds. Most of these high-intensity classes are planned out by the week, so consistency is key if you want to hit all your major muscle groups and guarantee success.
Classes: Orangetheory®, Burn Boot Camp®, Crossfit®
Keywords: boot camp, circuit training, high intensity, weights, cardio, functional fitness