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We can all get ourselves in a bit of a fitness rut from time to time.

You might have your routine down to a tee, but if your results seem to be slowing down or even plateauing, or you’re getting bored doing the same old stuff at the gym, then maybe trying a group exercise class could be just what you need?

We have more than 70 classes on offer every week at Total Fitness, with pretty much all of them included in our memberships.

It might take a few attempts to find the right style of class for you, but don’t let that put you off… the reason they’re so good for giving your routine a reboot can simply be put down to the ‘group effect’.

The group effect

This is scientifically proven to help you maintain your motivation through the support and inspiration of others. As you know, if you’re working out on your own, it’s easier to give up on achieving your goals because you only have your conscience for company.

What the group effect does is make the most of the energy of many in one space, making exercise fun, motivational and inspirational for all.

Working out in a group can give us the confidence and support we need to unleash our true potential and say goodbye to any self-conscious hang-ups, which can also help us enjoy the exercise on offer, rather than see it as a chore.

And don’t forget the social motivations… these are stimulated when in a setting that fosters camaraderie. We’re social beings – we like to be with others, especially when their goals are similar to ours.

Use it as a springboard

Working out with others can also act as encouragement to push ourselves that little bit more, because again, you don’t just have to contend with your conscience telling you not to bother with that final set.

Plus, without really realising, you might become competitive with someone else in your class, even if you’ve never met them before. This will push you that little bit further, such is the power of the group effect!

Take a look at the group exercise timetable at your club and book your space using the app or click here.

Fancy trying our group exercise classes for free? Join us for our Open Weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September!