If you want to lose weight and get fitter, the best thing you can do is to join some kind of group activity.
A recent study shows that 95% of people who started a weight-loss programme in an organised class stayed the course. That number drops to 76% for those working out alone.
Ceri Hannan, Virgin Active S.A’s National Product Development Manager, says there are several clear reasons why group training works best:
- Discipline: A scheduled class is diarised and automatically leads to greater commitment. A big incentive is to not fall behind because of missing out on the new moves learned in the next class!
- Fun: Group classes seem to have an infectious vibrant atmosphere, while solo workouts can be solemn affairs. Training collectively provides a shared purpose, people to laugh with, and reassurance.
- Concentration: While on your own intensity can waver, but a good instructor will keep you focused throughout. You’ll never get distracted by wondering which exercise to do next.
- Structure: Group classes are designed to really optimise your time and to deliver all-round benefits. You know the exercises are carefully structured and monitored by a professional and are safe.
- Health: A good class will include vital elements to avoid injury like properly warming up and cooling down. When training alone we often skip those steps.
- Variety: Whether it’s suspension yoga, The Grid, Ride, Shape, or Pilates, there’s always a new class to try and you don’t have to be experienced or learn anything in advance to participate – simply show up with a positive attitude and enjoy the collective fitness experience!
To have a look at Virgin Active’s group training classes, visit: www.virginative.co.za
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.