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The health and fitness industry has been booming and expanding at an exponential rate in the 21st century. With this growth comes a multitude of different workout trends, styles and fads. One trend that has seen the most growth is group training classes — and with good reason. Small group training, a comprehensive full-body workout class of 5-8 individuals led by a personal trainer, offers individuals the opportunity to experience working out in a very positive and purposeful way. Today, group training is less about sweating to the oldies, and more about expert guidance, accountability and engaging with your community while staying fit.

Here are a few reasons to try group training and incorporate it in your workout routine:

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1. Group training provides guidance from an expert with no guesswork.

A good group training instructor is able to run a small group training session in a manner that makes each workout enjoyable. If you are short on time or ideas group training can be an ideal solution. Students show up to class and the format is provided at the start, taking the guesswork out, while being guided by an expert. A good instructor will incorporate a methodology to accommodate all fitness levels in the class. This helps people stay committed to their health and wellness journey while creating a positive and memorable experience (and in turn making participants excited to return to class!). Ideally, participants will be in a group with individuals at a similar fitness level, encouraging each other to continue to grow.

2. Group training promotes accountability.

Typically, small group training classes occur on a set day and time, which helps participants create a structured workout routine that fits with their weekly schedule. This not only creates accountability, but also fosters consistency. Instead of leaving it up to chance whether or not a person will make it to the gym that day, being a part of small group training enables individuals to plan their day around their workout. Once you start attending a class consistently, your classmates will hold you accountable to continue to come!

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3. Group training creates social support and a sense of community.

Nothing beats the feeling of being a part of a community and forming long lasting relationships with those who are going after the same fitness goals. The camaraderie that is found in group training classes is something that is hard to replicate elsewhere. A positive group training class allows individuals to form friendships in one inclusive experience, free of judgement or expectation. This is especially beneficial for those who are either new to working out or are intimidated by the gym atmosphere. Because of this, group training classes can be a safe place for those new to working out to dip their toes into fitness by giving them a set workout plan to follow and receive guidance from a fitness professional. Studies show that introducing those who are new to working out to small group training classes encourages them to continue to work out.

4. Individuals are introduced to new ways of working out.

Group training classes can also be great for those who may be stuck in a fitness rut, as they can add variety into their routine with the guidance of a personal trainer. There are a plethora of fitness classes in the industry, but trying something new can be intimidating without someone guiding the way. Not only does small group training keep the gym experience fresh and interesting, but it keeps people from getting bored or stagnant. Personal trainers at the Village are dedicated to keeping your fitness routine fresh and challenging to increase strength in varied muscle groups and to keep your mind active while you train (instead of churning out a few comfortable miles on the treadmill).

5. Group training is fun!

When asked why people take group training classes, the most commonly cited reason is that they are fun. An effective workout can and should be fun, but still be beneficial and help people move toward their fitness goals. The more enjoyment individuals experience during their small group training class, the more likely they are willing to stick with a regular routine consisting of physical activity.

The Village encourages all of its members to try at least one of our fitness classes with our incredible fitness professionals! Click here for the schedule.

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