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The Benefits of Group Exercise Classes
Many gyms and fitness centres offer the option of group fitness classes, so why choose to work out in class rather than on your own?
By: Connect Fitness
Correct technique is important in any workout for the prevention of injury and to maximise results. Class instruction is great for those who may be intimidated to use particular equipment, by learning about proper technique in a group environment.
Exercising side by side with others brings out the ego in all of us. Being able to keep up with the class is great motivation for pushing personal boundaries and achieving goals.
Interaction with other class members who share common interests is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
Consistency in routine
Scheduled classes are particularly good for those who like to work to a routine. They enable people with limited time to fit in a full body workout in a set timeframe.
Gyms offer a variety of classes, all offering different benefits and demand varying skills and effort on the part of participants. All classes can be adapted to an individual level. You can engage in group exercise according to personal preferences there are many different classes to choose from some include:
Les Mills choreographed classes
By far the most popular form of group exercise offered in gyms worldwide. These pre-choreographed classes follow strict guidelines and can only be taught by Les Mills accredited instructors. Les Mills classes can be identified by their trademark “body” prefix. They offer a range of classes to suit every workout including:
“Body Pump” – Weight workout
“Body Attack” – Cardio workout
“Body Combat” – Aerobic workout incorporation non contact martial arts
“Body Jam” – Dance workout
“Body Balance” - Incorporates a mix of Yoga, Tai Chi & Pilates
Conducted indoors you need not have any bike riding experience as all bikes are stationary and supported by stands. These intense classes get you to rise up from your seats, pedal against a high level of resistance and pump your legs at a rapid pace in various combinations. The ultimate challenge, as you ride to the rhythm of the music.
In this face paced world time out to relax your body and calm your mind is essential. In yoga postures flow one after the next with soothing sounds tracks, and end in a deep relaxation session. Yoga postures ultimately require and build strength, as you hold a position it demands your body to find balance engaging muscles in ways that rarely occur in everyday living. This is a great workout for your health and wellbeing.
Pilates focuses on body awareness, and symmetry in motion. It uses controlled movements working on the pelvic floor and core muscles particularly the lower back, oblique, abdominal and hip muscles.
Freestyle Boxing as opposed to “body combat” permits body contact using boxing gloves and protective pads. Classes allow for a full body workout with aerobic and muscle building aspects.
Group exercise classes vary by as much as the different fitness instructors who teach them. So try them all and mix them up. Variety really does create the best balance.
For more information visit www.connectfitness.com.au, for our latest class timetables.
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Connect Fitness is a not for profit organisation located on the grounds of the University of Western Sydney with 4 Gyms now in operation over the Kingswood, Hawkesbury, Bankstown & Campbelltown campuses.