Why Group Fitness Works
When I started going to the gym religiously a few years ago, I did it on my own. I was great about going to the gym, I was OK about working out, but I sucked at motivating myself to go harder.I needed someone to push me.
Plus I started to burn out on the dreadmill and elliptical.
One thing I lack, that I really should work on, is my mental endurance. My brain tells me to quit and I used to listen to it.
Then I started group fitness.
There are plenty of reasons why people won’t do it. The biggest, I’m sure, is because they’re afraid someone will judge them. And I’m sure that’s partially true. I, however, use the person next to me as a motivator. When I see them pushing harder, I feel as if I should, too. When someone uses more weight, I think I should, too.
I hate to be shown up.
So I started small with an abs class with a small showing. Then I progressed to spinning. Then I moved on to Body Flow (yoga) and Body Pump (weights.) Before I knew it, I wasn’t using the gym anymore, I was using the group X rooms and the spin rooms and the yoga rooms. I couldn’t remember the last time I had been on an elliptical.
I was making friends, too.
Then, the most amazing thing started happening: I saw results. I mean, huge results. Not just, in my physique, but my attitude, my drive.
Imagine if you will, an hour long class where if you were to suddenly get up and leave, would be noticed. Instead, you’re forced to stay for an hour, sweating, yelling, pushing yourself to the limit. Does pride have a lot to do with it? Heck yes. A bruised ego is worse than having an actual bruise.
And because of that, I’m where I am now. Stronger, fitter, healthier. Training for a MARATHON. Teaching. Participating. Having so much fun.
I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I am Cassie and I’m a group fitness junkie.