For a number of years, I have enjoyed working out! During my 20s, 30s and 40s I participated in several group fitness classes. I’ve enjoyed it so much that at the age of 46, I launched my own group fitness class to inspire others to get strong in a comfortable atmosphere.
Each week, I enjoy watching everyone grow and meet their goals. The biggest benefit: each class is filled with lots of smiles and laughter!
Physical fitness should be fun, and it’s about finding something you enjoy. I believe “when you find your zen you win,” whether it’s running, baseball, weight training or walking. The best part is the excitement you feel and that you look forward to doing it. The added bonus is that physical fitness promotes happiness and well-being.
When it comes to group fitness, regular attendance is related to participant accountability. Participants often share why they might not make the next class due to other commitments. Everyone looks out for one another, and it’s great to know ahead of time why one might miss.
If it’s your first time, arrive 10 minutes ahead of class and bring a bottle of water! Fuel-up an hour before and wear comfortable active wear and tennis shoes.
The classes are 60 minutes in length and focus on toning and sculpting the body using light to medium weights paired with cardio, core and stretching.
What’s awesome is that you decide on the intensity of your workout, move at your own pace, and modified versions are shared.
Group fitness is a great way to meet new friends and encourage one another to stay the course!
I have noticed several positive benefits from attending group fitness classes:
- Participants enjoy the atmosphere
- Confidence booster
- High endorphin output
- Builds physical and mental strength
- Encourages laughter
- Promotes camaraderie
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and try a class today!
Kimberly Whitfield is the owner of Kimberly Inspiring Beauty in Strength, a fitness instructor at Go Workout Fitness Center and Trinity A.M.E. Church; a bodybuilder, and a public speaker. Visit her on the web at kwinspires.com for a list of her classes.