by Kristi Rambo
Surround yourself with people who share your goals and reap the results! A study in the Journal of Social Sciences shows that participants gravitate towards the behavior of those around them. “The Köhler Effect is the idea that no one wants to be the weakest link in a group setting” (NBC News). You’ll naturally push yourself harder when you work out with people fitter than yourself. You’re also more likely to spend more time working out if you have other people to do it with (Society of Behavioral Medicine).
Do you have a workout buddy? A group fitness class is a comfortable, welcoming environment where you can make friends for class or for life. Social interaction can provide encouragement and motivation during exercise (Los Angeles Times). Plus, smiling releases endorphins, and who doesn’t want a mood boost while working out?
Group fitness is one way to help you stick to a plan. Commitment leads to consistency, says NBC News, and you’re more likely to show up if someone will notice when you don’t. Another study found that 95% of those who started a weight-loss program with friends completed the program, vs. 76% of those recruited alone.
You want your time spent at the gym to be effective, safe, and without guesswork (American Council on Exercise). A group fitness instructor does the planning for you, coaches you to great results, and helps you avoid injury. This is why we have a team of certified trainers with specialized areas of expertise.
According to a TIME article, variety can help you love working out, which is the best way to stay consistent. In a rut? Change it up and try a different class. (We have over 100 to choose from every week!)