Four Reasons To Participate In Group Fitness

The Peoria YMCA offers more than 50 group fitness classes each week and they are FREE to our members. Why? Because our members know about these four things…

GROUP EXERCISE IS MORE FUN AND MORE MOTIVATING THAN WORKING OUT ALONE!

When you’re surrounded by others who are also terrified of what the instructor is going to order you to do next, the shared dread can bring comfort even in the grimmest of situations (like when the instructor pulls out the kettlebells). You’ll push yourself harder to avoid being “that person” in class who quits the plank with only 10 seconds left to go. If no one else is going down, neither are you!

YOU’LL BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

Walking into a room without seeing a familiar face can be intimidating. However, after taking the same class each week next to the same pair of tennis shoes, you will eventually start smiling and introducing yourself to the owner of said shoes. Before you know it, you’re coordinating with your friendly gym-buddy about where to meet for the weekend’s morning run outside of the gym walls. Group exercise is hard but making new friends doesn’t have to be! Stay dedicated to a class type and time and see how many new people you can meet.

YOUR WORKOUT IS PLANNED

Let’s face it, your life is busy enough! Between planning the kids’ lunch to carpooling to soccer to taking out the trash on the designated trash day (who can keep that straight, anyway?), you do not need to plan one more thing! Let the knowledgeable, certified, friendly group exercise instructors take care of this for you! All you need to do is show up, work hard and get on with making sure your taxes are filed properly and the dog is fed. The plus to letting the pros on staff plan: your wild daily routine becomes less taxing the more active you are. Leave it to us; we’ve got this one.

EXPERIENCE A WIDER VARIETY AND NEW IDEAS

Cross-training sounds intense (and it is) but it’s also very important to your health and mobility. Without trying out different modes of exercise or new activities, muscle gains are difficult to acquire. Strength gains happen first at a neurological level; it takes time for the brain to recruit the necessary muscle fibers to get working! If you try a new class or a new movement and it’s “too hard”, don’t give up—give it another shot! Trying new exercises and new formats of activity keep your brain working and your body adapting. Don’t settle for the same stuff each day! Group exercise can be the thing to challenge yourself and truly see new strength gains over time.

For a list of group fitness classes offered, go to peoriaYMCA.org/groupfitness 

 

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