Just like bell bottoms and Go-Go boots, Group Ex is making a comeback.
Turn on the news or pick up a newspaper and you’ll see that group exercise is all the rage.
Why is Group Ex so hot, what’s involved, and where do you get started?
Group Exercise classes are fun and interactive. It’s hard to get social on a treadmill. First-time participants and more experienced fitness enthusiasts all work out together, encourage and cheer on each other, and then make plans to do it all over again at the next class.
Now that’s motivation.
Our club started the Power Sculpt movement and last month I took my first class. I’m used to working with heavy weights, so when the instructor and students all had 2 & 3 lbs weights, I thought, “This is going to be a breeze!”
Who knew this trend-setting Group Ex class would kick my butt?
Power Sculpt is based on a program from Tracy Anderson, who trained Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kelly Ripa. Unlike many programs that focus on increasing size and bulk, Power Sculpt allows participants to get sleek and toned. I highly recommend you try it!
Along with Power Sculpt, Spin and Kickboxing are also quite popular, because you can achieve a comprehensive workout that delivers excellent cardio, toning, strength, and conditioning in one single hour. Tuesday’s spin class with Robyn left me dripping with sweat and eager to return. One of my favorite parts was the upbeat music she played.
Group Ex participants are a diverse crowd. It is not uncommon to see the 55+ crowd actively engaging in Group Ex classes. Mat Pilates classes draw a large number of participants, as does the Drums Alive class, which focuses on cardio and the upper torso.
Our club offers over 100 classes a month, including Mind/Body programs such as Yoga and Pilates. Our 45 qualified instructors are continuously enhancing their education and certifications.
Now is a great time to take your first Group Ex class, or to try something different. Why not invite a friend to join you? Have lunch, enjoy a spa treatment, and relax by the pool during these final lazy days of summer.
Whatever your preference, just get out there, get fit, and have fun.