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March 20, 2018 06:24 PM

Benefits Of Group Fitness Classes

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. 

But with snow on the ground you may have lost your motivation to start prepping for a bathing suit. 

Figuring out which machine is best for your exercise routine can be overwhelming. 

If you're feeling defeated, a group fitness class may be just the motivation you need.

"There's energy in class that definitely keeps you motivated and going strong. I think it's much more energizing to do it with a group of people," Ashley Sandeen said. 

This heated Vinyasa Yoga class is just one of the group fitness classes Sandeen takes part in.  

"I think it always helps when you have someone who can lead and show you the correct way to do the postures, and I think that's all part of the practice as well," Sandeen said.

And while it can be intimidating to join a class, Sandeen says the social impact is worth it. 

"Once you come a few times and get to know the routine and meet people I think it gets easier with each time you come," Sandeen said. 

Group fitness isn't only for beginners; it's open to every level of fitness.

"You can do what works for you. So you can modify it, you don't have to do what the next person is doing next to you. Every body is different," Tonya Bauer said. 

Bauer teaches classes at Sanford Wellness and says the competition in a group setting can be good motivation.

"So you're saying, 'okay, maybe I can do what they're doing eventually.' It's giving you motivation," Bauer said. 

As long as you have a membership, most gyms in town offer group fitness classes free of charge. 

For Sandeen, paying for a membership is well worth it.

"I've made some friends here and I have colleagues that, we come and do yoga together, so it's kind of a fun thing to come and do outside of work, I enjoy that," Sandeen said. 

If you're not ready to commit to a gym yet, Bauer suggests calling for information about free trials at your gym of choice. 


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