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We all know how challenging sticking to a gym routine can be. For beginners, two weeks of following a gym routine can be challenging. Luckily, many gyms and fitness centers have introduced Group Training. Group training involves any type of exercising such as kickboxing, equipment training, lifting or cardio done with other people who want to achieve the same goals as you. You are guided by an individual, or sometimes by a group of individuals through the different exercises. See it as a social gathering from those who have similar fitness goals in mind and who want to cheer each other on through the journey.  I mean training alone can be fun for some, but for most, knowing that you have a group of people encouraging you and cheering you on makes you want to come to the gym every day.  Group training leaves the participants significantly more motivated than training alone and it offers everybody a little something.

According to Ispo Digitize [1] “it is well known that group sports are especially fun – team sports have enjoyed massive popularity for centuries. The fitness industry has recognized this and is gradually developing into a team sport in many areas. In recent years Zumba and Piloxing courses have arisen too. Large groups such as running communities and outdoor training unions are emerging in many cities.” Customised workouts are sometimes designed by the instructors of the group training or the members themselves to keep the training fun and keep the participants energized and motivated.  “Community is everything” is now the motto of many fitness fans, because a community that works together achieves more.

For most participants knowing that there are others like you who might have the same challenges when it comes to fitness training can be more comforting than going to the gym for the first time and looking around wondering how do I use the gym equipment, how do I weight lift effectively? You might even be an avid gym goer, but sometimes lack the drive to train or exercise, knowing that you have a group of people waiting to motivate and exchange tips and tricks with you can be so comforting. “ Concepts that allow people to train as a group always have a lot of fans,” comments Blackroll CEO Keckeisen, to some it’s just a social experience, whereas for others it’s about competing.”[2] The good news is that it does not even have to be done at the gym; you and a group of friends can meet up and do cardio at your local park or even go for a run in your complex.

Genesis Health[3] says there are 5 advantages of Group Training:

  1. Motivation
    Catchy music, fast-paced moves and an Instructor with a seemingly endless amount of energy – if you’re ever in need of a pick-me-up, group training classes are your best source of motivation. Having other people exercising alongside you can also give you the boost you need to keep moving – nobody likes falling behind, right?
  2. Structure
    When you’re working out, having a consistent or well-structured plan in place is a must to see results. Combining group training sessions into your weekly workout routine will give you a structured foundation from which to build strength, lose weight or tone your body.
  3. Accountability
    Just like personal training, group training sessions hold you accountable for turning up and putting 100% effort into your workout. That sense of accountability you feel is what will prevent you from staying put inside and putting on another episode of Game of Thrones.
  4. Fun
    Exposure to a fun and social environment is why many people prefer group training to a lone gym session. The variety of exercises you undertake and the camaraderie between your fellow exercise participants makes group training
  5. Support
    both your trainer and your fellow participants are there to support and assist you throughout your entire sweat session. This support group can be just what you need to power through your workout, push yourself a little bit further and reach your health and fitness goals.

Now that you’ve read about some of the benefits of group training, why not incorporate some of our Divine Ratio products into your solo workout or your group training workout. We have products such as Divine Recovery[4], the complete recovery drink that you can use to refuel your body after an intense group training workout; it is a multifunctional recovery drink that has been designed to assist with muscle repair, hydration, and electrolyte replacement.  Don’t take our word for it, try it yourself!

 

[1] https://www.ispo.com/en/trends/nine-most-important-fitness-trends-2019

[2] https://www.ispo.com/en/trends/nine-most-important-fitness-trends-2019

[3] https://www.genesisfitness.com.au/blog/5-benefits-group-training

[4] https://divineratio.co.za/product/divine-recovery/

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