We’ve trained some form of group exercise for many years now, so we’ve pretty much seen it all.
If you’re new to group training then it’s common to be a bit nervous to begin with, We understand that. But let us quickly put your mind at rest – you are very welcome here!
Typically, newbie fears fall into three categories:
FEAR NUMBER ONE: People will laugh at me
Absolutely not at our clubs, trust us. Our members are way too busy negotiating their own path through the workout to waste time and energy thinking about you. As for the instructor, the only judgement we make is that we really appreciate the effort you’ve made to show up!
FEAR NUMBER TWO: I can’t do burpees
If there’s an exercise you think you won’t be able to do, don’t worry, you’ll get the chance to learn. Whether it’s burpees, squats, press-ups or anything else, we’ll take you through the most efficient and safe way to give it a go. If you really can’t do something, for whatever reason, then the team always have simplified alternatives for you to get through instead. Until, one day, you find you’ve managed to do perfect burpees…
FEAR NUMBER THREE: I’ve got a injury
Yep, that happens. And it sometimes feels like there’s no way round it. Our advice to you? Show up anyway. Come and see the instructor for a chat beforehand. Often we can adapt your workout for you to safely benefit from the class. You’ll be amazed by what you can achieve.
The unique benefits of training together. Once you get over the fears, let us remind you of the benefits.
Group exercise is scientifically proven to reduce stress by 26% (University of New England, 2017), as well as providing big boosts to mental, physical and emotional health. That’s group exercise, by the way – the same study showed these benefits don’t occur if you train on your own. So after a long day battling work deadlines or chasing after the kids, you know what you should do.
Added motivation is another big reason to come along, especially if you’ve got a good instructor who can encourage you to go just that little bit longer or harder or faster. (That’s us!)
We’re all slaves to our smartphones these days too, which means we spend less time in other people’s company. Group exercise is a great excuse to dump the phone for an hour, forget about social media and mix with real people. Try it, you might like it. And you might even find the camaraderie encourages you to burn a few more calories than you thought you could.
Last but definitely not least, you don’t have to worry about a thing because the team will take care of it all for you. Just show up, exercise and feel good. That has to beat aimlessly wandering around a gym, queuing for equipment and not really knowing what to do, hasn’t it?
So give our friendly group classes a go. You won’t regret it!