3 Reasons it’s Better to Work out in a Group
Small group training has becoming much more popular than training alone (or taking large classes at a chain gym where you don’t know anyone) and it’s not by accident: small group training has incredible benefits on your fitness levels but also on your mental health. Here’s why you should consider small group training if you haven’t already.
This might seem obvious, but most of us are, at least, a little competitive by nature. When others around us push us to better ourselves it will keep us motivated to do it. This healthy bit of competition isn’t necessarily about being better than the others in the group, but rather if you are really struggling and you feel like you can’t continue your friends will show you that you can. They will pick you up and help you move along when you’re ready to quit. This is known as a “keep up” mentality – you see someone else in the group pushing harder than you are, and suddenly you want to keep up with them.
Small group training almost always requires a commitment from you. Lots of people, potentially, sign up for these classes so if you’re going to sign up and don’t show up you’re taking the spot of someone else who might really want to be there. If you say you’re going to be at a class, you must be accountable to them and explain why it is that you didn’t show up last time. If you just go to the gym to do your own thing you don’t have to answer to anyone as to why you skipped out, but in class settings you absolutely must be accountable if you don’t show up. Working out this way will make sure you show up when you say you’re going to, and since showing up is more than half the battle usually once you’re there the workout will rock!
It’s human nature to want to be in groups, be with people and be social so why not use fitness as an excuse to also extend your social life? Think about it: what will bring you closer together than mutual pain and suffering at the hands of a crazy bootcamp class? Those friendships are born out of suffering and you’ll always have that connection with your new friends. Who else will know exactly what you’re going through when it’s hard to get out of bed the next morning? Who else will be able to talk to you about your life and push you through those last few reps at the same time? Group classes help to forge friendships and you already have something in common with all of them: the desire to get fit and meet new people.