Group Fitness: 6 Reasons Why People Stick To It

Have you found it difficult to commit to a fitness program? Is consistency your biggest challenge? Read on.

Group Fitness, Group Training, Team Training.

Whatever you call it, the benefits are powerful.

Perhaps it’s because a group environment provides the building blocks for developing a consistent fitness routine.

Whether it be structured group fitness in a commercial gym, a boot camp in a park or on the beach, team sports or even just going for a walk or jog with friends, exercising in groups leads to better adherence than exercising alone. (Dishman & Buckworth, 1996) (Burke, Carron, Eys, Ntoumanis, & Estabrooks, 2006; Hong, Hughes, & Prochaska, 2008).

So let’s take a look at 6 reasons why people are more likely to stick to a group fitness program long-term.

It’s Fun

There are a number of reasons why group fitness leads to better adherence. First and foremost, group fitness is so much fun. We love to turn on the disco LED lights and pump the latest music to motivate you through our high-intensity sessions.

More Variety

The group setting also allows for a variety of exercises and session structures so that every session is unique. Sessions with team challenges in them are so much fun, it takes all my willpower not to jump in.

Social Benefits

The social support of group fitness also plays a vital role in exercise consistency. 30% of our members signed up with friends or family and many friendships have been forged through shared experience. The encouragement from those around you can be a huge motivator to exercise and maintain exercise adherence.

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It’s Challenging

There’s also nothing like a bit of friendly competition to push you beyond your limits! You don’t want to let your mates down in a team challenge and you sure as hell don’t want to get beaten by a work colleague in a neck and neck battle. Add to that, your heart rate displayed on the big screen for all to see and there is nowhere to hide.

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Encouragement from Personal Trainers

Add to that the support from industry professionals who have made a life in health and fitness. Group fitness allows you to receive one on one professional advice without paying massive Personal Training Prices.

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Team Support

Finally, group affiliation can have a powerfully positive impact on an individual’s psychology. Having a strong bond with fellow members of a fitness group gives a sense of comfort and the feeling of being a part of a positive movement which is greater than the self.

We nurture the positivity of group affiliation by entering teams in such events like the Hill to Harbour Fun Run as well as hosting massive special event workouts. Adding cheeky social elements to our regular timetable helps as well, like Fully Lit Friday where we create a themed playlist for the 5:30 pm session before a debrief over a beverage or two.

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How To Sign Up for Group Fitness Classes at Highlite Fitness Newcastle

It’s clear that group fitness (aka group training and team training) is fun, provides social support and positive group affiliation and has been shown to be superior to individual training in terms of adherence. So, if you have fitness goals going unfulfilled, grab a mate and get down to Highlite Fitness today!

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