How to Use Group Exercise to Meet your Fitness Goals

women in group exercise classSo you’ve joined a gym, you’re watching what you eat and you’ve identified your fitness goals. Now what should you do? Will you be running on that same treadmill forever?

You’ll be happy to hear the answer is no (unless you’re training to be a runner). You can use a group exercise schedule for all your workout needs, and get phenomenal results.

The plan is so simple! Just pick a different class each day (alternating classes based on their area of focus—strength, flexibility, cardio, core) OR choose your two favorites for every other day workouts. When you want to progress your workouts, select a more intense class like Insanity or HIIT. When you crave something fun for a change of pace, try something upbeat like Zumba!

The class offerings do vary by location, so you’ll want to check what is available at your club according to your schedule. Here are some of our most popular choices for a variety of workout goals:

women doing dumbell curls

Pure Strength (strength and total body fitness):

Work your muscles in every way possible in this class designed to build strength, add definition, increase your bone density, and decrease your body fat by increasing your lean muscle. Research has proven that by adding lean muscle to the body you can speed up your metabolism and burn more calories when you work out and at rest. You will use hand weights, plate loaded barbells, tubing and your own body weight to change the shape of your body. No muscle gets neglected in this class!

Cross Training (strength and cardio combined):

This class takes the participant through a series of cardio and strength training exercises with relatively brief rest intervals in between. The purpose is to keep the heart rate elevated near the aerobic level without dropping off to ensure fast, dramatic fitness results. Since the program is fast-paced and offers variety, it can be more interesting than a typical class that focuses on only one aspect like cardio or strength.

cycle class

Cycle (cardio and endurance):

See consistent results while burning a high amount of calories and improving cardiovascular endurance in this non-impact class. Whether you’re a beginner or avid cyclist this class is for you – it’s modified for all levels. Instructor focuses on fun and challenging rides with steady progressions towards the end of each format. Different rides include but are not limited to intervals, strength, split rides, race day, combo & variety. Come and enjoy the interaction, driving energy and beats from fantastic music and get one of the best cardio workouts you can do in a group exercise setting.

Boot Camp (a little bit of everything):

A popular interval class that mixes calisthenics and body weight exercises with cardio and strength training. These boot camps are designed in a way to be different all the time, and push our participants harder than they’d push themselves. We want to keep you guessing – and challenge you differently every class! Although our instructors may push you like a drill sergeant, our goal is to offer encouragement rather than intimidation. We want you to have tons of fun – but please be prepared for some high intensity training!

women doing situps

Ultimate Abs (core strength):

Ultimately we all want great looking abs – but we also have to realize that the entire core of our body is our physical foundation for everything we do in life. So by coming to this class, not only will you get a great 6-pack, but you will set up your body for overall health and injury prevention for the long run. The focus will be on the upper and lower abs, obliques, back muscles, muscular slings used in functional movement, as well as the hips and glutes to develop better balance.

Zumba (high energy aerobic dance):

Ditch the workout and join the party! This fun and easy to follow cardio dance class combines high-energy and motivating Latin music with unique moves and combinations that make you feel like you are partying on the dance floor. Easy to follow, and something everyone can do – Zumba is the best way to “dance away your worries”. We promise, exercise has never been so fun!

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