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A Sense Of Community - The Benefits Of Group Fitness Classes

by Jack Henderson

We get it; for some people, being a lone wolf is just their “thing”. Whether it’s headphones on in the corner of gym (which you encroach upon at your own risk…) or a brisk half marathon before the sun’s even come up, for some people, exercise is their escape and their alone time. And that’s completely fair enough!

Most of us, though - whether we like to admit it or not - are sociable creatures and, in actual fact, we exercise better when we do so with other people. The team here at Elite Outdoor Fitness Academy, who provide group fitness classes in Essex, wanted to look at some of the main benefits that group training provides when compared with solo exercise. Not just that, though, we're also offering a week's worth of training sessions absolutely free - we're even throwing in a completely free fitness guide to download whilst we're at it! To get your sessions and downloadable guide, click here!


If there are other people going through the same thing as you, the same levels of sweat and effort, then you don’t want to be the one that lets the side down – that’s just a fact, it’s human nature. In other words, one of the main benefits of group fitness classes is that they’re more likely going to keep you motivated than when you exercise on your lonesome.

If you’re the kind who naturally has a lot of self-discipline, then fantastic, but lots of us aren’t! For these people (and my hand is raised high in the sky at this point) then working out in a group is a good way to hold you accountable to your exercise and to make sure you stick to it!

Man running on road

Pack Spirit…

Whether you’re looking to try out a new gym or simply do a bodyweight routine in the local park, it can be easy to feel self-conscious when you’re on your own. Some people actually use this as an argument against group fitness classes; “you’re bound to feel more self-conscious when you’re in a group!” but the reality is that, in a group setting, everybody’s in the same shoes; they’re focused on one thing and that’s doing the best workout they can.

And even if you do find yourself still feeling self-conscious, then at least your part of a bigger group doing the exercises! We don’t have that problem at our academy, anyway, as we have a dedicated private training space reserved solely for our sessions – it’s even got its own car park. What’s not to like?

Pack spirit

Let’s Mix Things Up…

Here’s a question, how many of you have got into a habit of going to the gym and doing the same old routines and workouts? It’s easy to stick with what we know but when we do this we risk not pushing ourselves as much as we otherwise might.

Whether you’re looking to build muscle or cardiovascular endurance, the best results come when you mix things up and ‘surprise’ your muscle groups. Our group fitness classes are run by highly-qualified personal trainers who know just how important variety is in keeping fit and keeping exercise fun. You can check out our session timetable here!

Mixing things up

It’s More Fun!

Most of us love the chance to have regularly socialise, and that’s especially going to be the case after the year we’ve had. Even the most hermitic of souls would find it hard to argue that they wouldn’t like a bit more human interaction over the coming months…

Some of the best social situations are those where socialising isn’t the primary objective. We’ve probably all had those times where we’ve specifically set out to get coffee or lunch with a friend and, in the end, there’s so much pressure on it to be a fun, natural, social time that it can actually be a bit awkward.

With the workout as your focus, however, you’ve all got a common focus whilst being able to build up budding friendships around that. Now, we’re not saying, of course, that you have to come away from our sessions with a new ‘bestie’, far from it. But there’s no denying that group fitness classes are an inherently sociable activity, and we could all do with a bit more of that in our lives right now…

More fun

It’s Less Risky

If you train on your own – and especially if you train alone with equipment – then you’re at a greater risk of injuring yourself. You’re also less likely to spot your own bad form that could itself lead to injury. With a personal trainer on hand, you’ve got someone making sure you’re doing the exercises correctly whilst any exercises that could be considered more ‘risky’ then you’ve got other people to spot you or watch your back.

If you’ve ever watched one of those ‘gym fail compilation’ videos online, then you’ll notice two recurring things, in particular. Firstly, most accidents occur as a result of ‘ego lifting’! Secondly, most people that have accidents are training on their own! Why put yourself at that risk, just workout in a group setting – it’s better all-around!

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Contact Us

So, if you’d like to find out more about our group fitness classes – which are suitable for everyone – then get in touch! Contact Elite Outdoor Fitness Academy today on 01702 232 470 or by emailing us at info@elitefitnessacademy.co.uk. You can also register here for a completely free 7-day pass with no obligations!

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