With group exercise comes plenty of benefits
Minerals Sports Club offers 80+ weekly fitness classes
By MARIA MARINO
Studies have found that advantages to exercising with a group often make it more effective than working out alone. As outlined by the American College of Sports Medicine, benefits of group fitness include a social environment, safe and productive design, consistent schedule, accountability for participation, and beginner-friendly experience. All of these factors contribute to increased regimen adherence and retention, according to the Medical Fitness Association.
Group fitness helps eliminate the most common excuses for not maintaining an exercise routine. For instance, Minerals Sports Club in Vernon holds classes seven days a week and includes early-morning and evening options ranging from 45 to 90 minutes in length. Therefore members with time constraints are bound to find something that fits into their schedules. Class time consistency also helps participants stick to their program.
Additionally at a facility like Minerals, members can’t claim boredom or insufficient workout knowledge as reasons for refraining from exercise. A huge variety of classes will meet any preference, from yoga to spinning to aqua aerobics. Some of the world’s most popular fitness phenomenons are also available, such as Zumba, Les Mills Body Pump, Pilates and Turbo Kick to name a few. Plus expert instructors constantly provide direction, making group fitness appealing even for those with little experience.
“Having someone encourage you to work harder produces quicker results than working out individually,” stated Minerals Sports Club Fitness Director Betty Tobin. “A professional instructor will guide you, while classmates offer a higher level of motivation through camaraderie and mild competition.”
Lack of motivation can be a major deterrent from regular exercise, but a support system like that of a group class means something to look forward to. As a bonus, participants are less likely to forgo sessions when they know others are expecting them to show up.
“Group fitness lets you meet like-minded people who share similar goals and interests, making it a fun activity,” Tobin added. “In turn, bonding with others also creates accountability for coming back every week.”
Members at Minerals Sports Club receive unlimited access to all group classes as well as the state-of-the-art fitness equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, and basketball, tennis and racquetball courts. Just in time for the holidays, December specials are available for new members and $99 six-week trial memberships make excellent gifts. More information can be found at MineralsSportsClub.com.
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