Group Fitness is people coming together to exercise, where there is usually an instructor. The types of Group Fitness classes are almost limitless. Some examples are Yoga, Boot Camp, Crossfit, Dance, Cycling, to name a few. In Abaco, Group Fitness is a pretty foreign concept.
Abaco has always had a limited selection when it came to working out. For the most part, unless you could afford a personal trainer, it would all be done on your own with no instruction. This can lead to injuries, exercises not being effective, and more. Not only that, when working out on your own, it is very easy to lose motivation, not push yourself hard, or give up all together.
Abaco is growing. There are now options to workout in a group. There is Crossfit being offered at the FitCo gym in Marsh Harbour. Alexa Thomspon is now offering classes in Hope Town. There are many Yoga Instructors that are teaching Yoga classes. And I offer fitness classes throughout the week: Cize, Insanity, PiYo, Pound, and Turbofire. (For more information on my fitness classes, feel free to contact me.)
If you find it hard to stay motivated on your own, you should consider group fitness. It is so hard to find the time to workout on your own. Most of the time, we end up giving up in order to get more sleep or to do other things. When you have a group to meet up with and are excited to see you each day, there is more of a chance that you will make the extra effort.
There is also so much accountability. On your own, there is no one checking up on you. When involved in a group fitness class, you have lots of people there pushing you, making sure you get it done, checking up on your when you aren’t there, and making you feel like you have done a great job.
Also, with group fitness you have an instructor who is there to lead you, show you the right form, motivate you, and help you.
Group fitness also provides camaraderie. You form such strong bonds with the people you are in classes with. You encourage them. They encourage you. In fact, you may find that going to your fitness class is a social outing for you. I know that is the feeling of many who attend my classes. It’s your time to get away, to socialize, to laugh, to meet up with friends, as well as to burn calories. It has become a new form of “Happy Hour.”
The idea of working out in front of people is very intimidating for many. I was once one of those people. But let me tell you, there is no reason to fear. Any good instructor leads a class where there is no judgment, no mocking, and even no time to look around to see what others are doing. You don’t have to worry about being a beginner because group fitness classes are done at your own pace. Any good instructor will not call you out, put you down, or make you feel like you are not doing enough. The hardest step into group fitness is the first one. Just let your fears go, and give it a try!
The good thing about group fitness is that you have people from different walks of life, at different fitness levels, all coming together not only workout, but to motivate each other, to keep each other accountable, and to grow, laugh and have fun together.