Studies prove that people who work out with one or more people are more likely to go to the gym, burn more calories, and are less likely to give up on their fitness goals.
It’s true. Here are a few examples of the power of working out in a group:
- A 2012 study asked participants to ride a stationary bike. One group rode a stationary bike alone. Another group rode the same stationary bikes with a partner. Those who exercised alone did so for only 10.6 minutes. The participants who rode together lasted for 19.8 minutes. Simply having a partner participate resulted in 87% more exercise!
- Researchers from Indiana University studied couples who joined a gym at the same time. They found that married couples who simply went to the gym together, but did not necessarily work out together, dropped out at a rate of 6.3% per year. Couples who did not go to the gym together dropped out at a rate of 43%. Furthermore, those who went together had “significantly higher” monthly gym attendance than those who went alone.
- A national gym operator studied the exercise habits of women who worked out alone vs. women who worked out with friends. Those who worked out alone burned 195 calories in an average session. Those who worked out with friends burned an average of 236 calories. Working out with others was positively associated with working out longer, as those who worked out with a friend worked out 16% longer and thus burned more calories.
I see the power of group fitness classes everyday when our Workhorse members step into the gym, give it their all, and cheer on their fellow members to set new personal records.
If you’re not getting the results you want from your current fitness program, a group fitness class may be exactly what you need. Get in touch with us, and let the power of group exercise work for you.