The rise in the devotion to some of the workouts on this list has evoked comparisons to religion. As evidenced by every other #fitnessgoals post we see on social media, community workouts such as Soul Cycle and CrossFit dominate the world’s current wellness environment.
Studies have shown group fitness to be immensely effective. People tend to be more motivated to reach personal goals when they are part of a community. The American College of Sports Medicine, for example, cites this as one of the benefits of group classes, “People stay interested because of the social atmosphere provided by group exercise. This offers camaraderie and accountability among participants, as well as between participants and instructor.”
Looking to join a community soon? Read through our list to find out a little bit more about wellness classes in the market and which one could be the right choice for you.
Immortalized and idolized in TV and music, spinning is revered by those who enjoy a fun and high-intensity workout that moves and strengthens virtually all muscles in the body. It not only develops the lower body’s muscles, like the calves, thighs, and hamstrings, it also has the added benefit of creating stronger core muscles and arms.
Inject more excitement and competitiveness in your workouts by joining classes that employ Technogym’s Group Cycle™ Connect. This innovation, the world’s first and only indoor cycling bike that tracks workout, allows users to measure and save workout data in real-time, enabling them and their instructors to monitor and improve performance on top of enjoying an immersive riding experience.
In Group Cycle sessions, users have the added motivation to reach their goals, as they work with their community to push each other in a crescendo of rhythm and emotion to the finish line. Experience it yourself at Prime Fitness in BF Homes, Paranaque and Victoria Station II Sports Center in Kamuning, Quezon City.
Join the party, join the club, turn up the heat and share an unforgettable experience with GROUP CYCLE TECHNOGYM. Have you tried it already? #groupcycle Discover more on http://www.technogym.com/gb/products/group-activities/group-cycle.html
Want a workout that’s calmer? Yoga classes might just be the right workout for you. Low-impact and clinically proven to reduce stress, yoga also improves flexibility and posture, muscle definition, and cardiovascular function by lengthening the spine, strengthening muscles, and moderating a person’s breathing.
Not sure which classes to take? Vinyasa, called “flow” in many studios, is one of the most popular yoga styles in the Philippines because of its pace and rhythm.
If you’re looking for a more challenging kind of yoga, try Ashtanga, called by some studios as “power yoga”. Practitioners of this type of yoga get to synchronize their breaths while practicing series of postures, producing intense internal heat and profuse sweating aimed to detoxify muscles and organs.
If you’ve got a natural spring in your step and don’t see the word “chore” in choreography, enrolling in a dance class might be just what you need to do to keep your heart rate up and burn those calories.
Most gyms and studios include several kinds of dance classes in their schedule; all you need to do is to choose one that’s right for you. Try Zumba® if you’re into Latin dance, hip-hop if you’ve always wanted to be a Step Up cast member, or retro if you’re interested in rocking to the anthems of decades’ past.
Whichever kind of dance class you choose, remember to have fun. It’s not a competition!
If you’re looking to develop real-world strength, sign up for CrossFit training. This group workout develops the body’s core movements making it easier and safer to perform every day actions. The workout of the day (WOD) takes the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running and rowing to create a highly varied and intense exercise session.
Luckily, CrossFit is fast gaining popularity in the country. New facilities such as Central Ground Crossfit opening around the metro, as well as in key cities like Cebu and Davao.
No matter what workout you choose, bring a friend or two to class with you. You are most likely to lose weight and reach your fitness goals if you share them with others.