Want Better Results? Try Group Training
Do you struggle trying to stay accountable to regular workouts? Are you looking for a way you can add some fun into functional training? Did you answer yes to one or both of the above? Well it sounds like it’s high time for you to experience the gain of team training!
Not only is it a whole lot more fun than sweating it out solo, but a recent study even showed that students who exercised in groups experienced significant and greater benefits to their mental, physical and emotional health, when compared to students who exercised solo.
Still not convinced? You will be after this…
Many people who exercise in groups report feeling more motivated to do that extra squat, to jump higher, and to keep up with the class. Perhaps it has something to do with the ‘Kohler Effect’ – the theory that no one wants to stand out as the ‘weakest link’. This translates to pushing yourself harder in a group setting, especially among exercisers that are fitter than you. And, looking at your neighbor and thinking, ‘if they can do that, I can do that’!
Perhaps it’s the smart choice of music, the instructor’s encouragement, or the alarm you set in order to make a class time, that drives you on. Whatever the reason, scientists agree that team training inspires more people to show up, and to push harder.
Following on from the above, the effect group fitness has on motivation has been shown to improve exercise performance. One study showed that exercisers who rowed together in teams had a higher pain tolerance than solo rowers, which may allow them to row more powerfully, and/or for longer. Teams aside, a little ‘friendly competition’ can also boost workout intensity and duration – up to 200%, according to researchers from Kansas State University. Another study showed that exercisers completing a plank-hold increased their time by 24% when competing against a more capable partner.
When it comes to achieving any goal, accountability is key. This is especially true when it comes to weight loss. In fact, one study showed that participants of weight loss programs who tackled the journey in pairs were 20% more likely to complete the program and 42% more likely to maintain the weight loss, compared with solo participants.
By making a commitment to your instructor and your class teammates, you may feel a stronger ‘pull’ to attend, after all – you don’t want to let anyone down or be the first to ‘quit’! And just by showing up more frequently, you are more likely to reach your goals.
4. Exercise Variety
Most team training classes (including Arena) will rotate exercises session to session, or week to week. Many fitness experts agree that changing your fitness routine frequently can improve your long-term results by preventing plateaus in your progress – whether it be weight loss, endurance or strength. Last but not least, varied routines keep your workouts interesting, so that you continue to enjoy your time at the gym – and keep coming back 😉
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