Top 3 reasons to train in a group
Most of us have seen it in action – working out with a group means you do those extra few push-ups, pick up the bigger kettlebell or sprint those last few metres. But what is about group training that motivates us?
Whilst training using an app might mean you can do your workout anywhere anytime – do you get the same benefits of training with a group? A study published in the Journal of Social Sciences found that participants gravitate towards the exercise behaviors of those around them, so if the person training next to you is training hard – you tend to do the same. A 2016 study published in the journal Obesity also found that overweight people tend to lose more weight if they spend time with their fit friends — the more time they spend together, the more weight they lose. Not a bad reason to make your workout a group experience, but it also could be that it’s just more fun.
1. Motivation and support
This is the big one – training on your own can get a little boring and you often don’t train as hard as you can as there is no one there to keep an eye on you and encourage you to work harder. You benefit from the instructor’s cues and ability to recognise when you can be working harder. (And will tell you to do so!). You also get the group dynamics, energy and support of the other participants and a little bit of healthy competition. You will push yourself harder in a group: The Köhler Effect is the idea that no one wants to be the weakest link in a group setting. When it comes to fitness, this translates to pushing yourself harder when tasked with working out with people who are fitter than you.
It can be all too easy to fall into the pattern of doing the same workout week in week out. The problem with this is that our body gets used to the routine and you reach a plateau with your fitness. At Hiscoes you have an opportunity to diversify your workouts by training in a group, from HIIT to boxing or pilates – no two sessions are the same. That way you never get bored plus you keep each workout challenging and enjoyable. Another benefit of our small group training sessions is having a partner to help out. Having spotters when you’re working out means you can exercise safely and in some instances a partner can help you do exercises that you couldn’t do on your own – eg.partner assisted pull-ups.
Yes fun – small group training sessions are a lot more fun than just running on a treadmill or around the block on your own. When you enjoy exercise, it really doesn’t seem like much of a chore and you are more likely to stick with it and reach your fitness goals in no time at all. Group workouts can have a couple of mental advantages over solo workouts. While it’s true that working out releases endorphins, a group setting can lead to the release of endorphins outside of just physical exertion, one of them is just through smiling! Smiling has been shown to increase endorphin levels and you are more likely to smile, when someone smiles at you! This kind of mood boost also really helps you get through those tougher parts of the workout!