Gender is a difficult topic to breach in the fitness world, but there are certain patterns that the majority of men and women follow when it comes to exercising. One of these patterns is that women tend to gravitate towards group fitness classes- Pilates, Kickboxing, Zumba, Spinning, etc.- while men tend to go the solo route. While neither method can be classified as inferior or superior to the other, group fitness classes offer unique benefits beyond getting a ripped bod that every guy should experience at least once.
Five Reasons Every Guy Should Try a Group Fitness Class:
- Train new muscles in different ways: I guarantee you a group fitness class will have you moving in ways you didn’t know you could, using muscles you didn’t know you have, and alerting you to the fact that even though you can bench mucho pounds, you can’t Dolphin Pose for more than 5 seconds. Aerobics fitness classes will force you to stretch and move in a much wider range of motion, at varied paces of effort, through methods you would never come up with on your own.
- Peer pressure: Not that it’s a competition, but exercising in a group allows for easy comparison, and it will motivate you work harder than if you were alone. Especially if the person beside you can out-plank you.
- Community: Fitness is a very personal activity, and most men think of exercise as a solo venture. However group fitness classes create a safe space for people to struggle, fail, succeed, complain, compliment, learn, and support each other. That can make the difference between sticking to a workout plan, or ending up back on the couch in 2 months.
- Don’t be an old dog. Learn new tricks: A lot of times we’re less than thrilled with the idea of working out because, well, it can be less than thrilling. Even though you probably switch it up between familiar exercises such as running, weightlifting, or basketball, the challenge of learning something radically new can be exciting.
- It’s really freaking fun: “Fun” is subjective, and I’m sure everybody has their own idea of fun, but I’m just going to throw this out there: Zumba? Fun. Kickboxing? Fun. Yoga? Also fun. Pull ups? …Not so fun.