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_KANNND SparkPoints: (42,986)
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9/5/13 10:31 A

I love my boot camp and body pump classes. While I can workout fine on my own, I find that having someone there telling me what to do, makes me push a little harder.

The key is finding an awesome instructor/trainer to do the classes so that they don't get boring.

DASHKATH Posts: 861
9/5/13 5:23 A

The only group class I really liked was yoga. I loved my yoga classes. It never hurts to try them all a couple times to see what works for you

NSALVADORE Posts: 463
9/4/13 10:09 P

They are all great classes, you can find support in classes and motivation, they work you differently and I find classes fun personally! Take advantage :)

ASHCAPP SparkPoints: (78)
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9/4/13 5:52 P

I love group ex classes...in fact I loved them so much that when I was in college, I became an instructor! But you have to make sure to find the right class..the instructor has to be good and motivating! I love taking Body Pump classes (my favorite), I also do some pilates classes, kickboxing classes, and will spin once in a while. If your gym carries Les Mills classes (body pump is part of that company) I would definitely take them. They are always structured so well and do a great job making sure every instructor is great! Try a bunch of different ones out and see which you like best!

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
8/26/13 4:33 P

I think that since you're asking, you're interested enough to try it! Since it's through school, is it offered at low/no cost? That's even more awesome, and definitely worth checking out. And if you go and decide it's not for you, no harm done.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,493)
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8/26/13 2:37 P

I like spin classes, HIIT and Tabata

you pretty much see the same people, so (as others have said) they ask where you were when you miss a class.

And (for me anyway) I won't push myself as hard when I exercise on my own. I'm not likely to walk out before the class is over, so I'm committed to a 60 min workout. At home, if I'm doing a DVD and just not feeling it, I'll quit.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (105,126)
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8/26/13 2:28 P

I love to participate in Zumba classes.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
8/26/13 1:47 P

I used to HATE group classes. I felt like I didn't fit in and people would stare at me. I started Zumba and I felt at home and now I really enjoy most group classes. There are times I like to just be alone and walk or do the elliptical and zone out, but I think group classes make the time go by so much faster. Especially if it's something you like.

MLAN613 SparkPoints: (157,041)
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8/26/13 8:13 A

I love classes at my gym. For me, they're a way to get in some strength training. And I have made a lot of good friends.

Of course, I can't get to my preferred classes in the evening, which I partially blame for regaining weight. But I am still going in the morning when I can.

SEATTLELIFE Posts: 68
8/25/13 6:09 P

I also love going to group classes they push you and keep you looking forward to the next time you get to see them.

NVR2LATE2BFIT Posts: 470
8/25/13 5:41 P

Even though I'm studying to be a personal trainer, I love group exercise classes. I believe group exercise classes are great motivators. I'm a group fitness instructor and I love keeping my classes motivated and accountable. I also like to attend other classes such as Zumba and Total Body to get in other people's workouts. emoticon

Edited by: NVR2LATE2BFIT at: 8/25/2013 (18:16)
JCOW84 SparkPoints: (5,614)
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8/25/13 5:15 P

Group fitness is great as it can also show you strength training moves to try on your own.

TACDGB Posts: 6,131
8/25/13 5:07 P

I was taking a spin bike class on Wednesdays at the gym which I loved but they don't teach it any more. I do take Group Power weight lifting class 3 days a week I so do love that. They push me in a way I like. If I were you I'd try a class. I love mine. Like minded people taking the same class motivates me to push harder.

FITWITHIN SparkPoints: (275,482)
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8/25/13 4:42 P

I love Zumba as my group exercise. I really enjoy the variety of styles from the different instructors.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (56,921)
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8/25/13 12:55 P

I have always loved group classes, enough that when my gym stopped offering the ones I liked at the time I preferred, I quit going! I can always push myself a bit harder with a group, and when you don't show up, they ask questions and are accountability buddies. :)

Not everyone is the same, though; give it a try, and see if you like it!

KATHLEENLKC Posts: 4
8/25/13 11:11 A

I was just wondering if anyone does any sort of group exercising classes.

I just started school again, and my school offers Zumba, Yoga, and Cycling. They also offer crossfit and bootcamp but they interfere with my work schedule.

In your experiences, are group classes more motivating or fun then doing the work out alone?

I'm a little nervous, but I've already lost 25 pounds and want to loose 25 more, so I need to get my butt moving!

Thanks (:

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