How to Become a Groupie

Photo: Remy Kam (Wisconsin '16)

Photo: Remy Kam (Wisconsin '16)

Do you ever find yourself coming home after a long day of classes and wanting nothing more than to just get in bed, snack on some Girl Scout cookies, and 'flix & chill? Sometimes it can be near impossible to drag yourself to the gym to get a sweat in when nobody is making you go and your bed is a cloud of joy only four feet away. Let me tell you, I’ve been there, done that. Let me also tell you, there’s a solution to this catastrophe: group fitness classes.

We all tell ourselves that we have the will power and are strong enough to make ourselves go workout when we don’t want to. Yes, we are strong, but not always. Sometimes what we really need is the push of someone else—even if it's a complete stranger.

Group fitness classes have a certain energy that is simply unparalleled. Being around other people who are all working for a common goal instills a certain motivation in you. Looking around, you can feel the heat of another person's hard work and it forces you to push yourself a little bit further. You work harder for the members of your class you can tell are working extra hard that day. You work harder for the members of your class whose bodies or strength become your motivation. You also work harder for the teacher, who has dedicated his or her time exclusively to make you better and help you achieve your goals, no matter what they might be.

Photo: Remy Kam (Wisconsin '16)

Photo: Remy Kam (Wisconsin '16)

Of course, there are times when your schedule prevents you from making a class, or you think that your 30-minute break would be better spent on a run outside instead. There is no issue in doing a workout on your own; especially when you are able to cater to your personal needs. However, the issue lies in whether you can inspire yourself to get there.

The benefit of a group class is that it keeps you in check. When you get in a routine of going on certain days of the week, your body feels out of sync if you skip class one day. You see the same people in classes every week, and keep each other in check on maintaining attendance. Before you know it, it will seem automatic and part of your weekly routine, and you won’t even realize how hard you’ve been working.

Group fitness classes are a motivational community, so go and join one! There’s no shame in being a groupie, at least in this context.

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