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Get in Shape with Group Fitness Classes at the YWCA of Minneapolis

By Sam Baltes, Kelli Klein and Diana Person, YWCA Group Fitness Coordinators
July 16, 2013
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The benefits of group fitness are boundless. From mixing up your workout to ensuring structure, accountability and support, group fitness may be the link to helping you reach your fitness goals.

If you are looking for a reason to try a group fitness class, consider the following four benefits:

Get Motivated. The energy in group fitness classes can be electrifying. On those days when you’re feeling sluggish and disinterested, the power of the group will lift you up and carry you through. Instructors are uniquely trained to keep the group on track with words of encouragement, and can move each person toward their individual goals. The friends you make in class keep you accountable, and the regular schedule keeps your exercise consistent.

Mix It Up. The wide array of classes offered at the YWCA allows you to mix up your routine and incorporate cross-training into your workouts. The most meaningful fitness results are achieved when all muscle groups are challenged in a variety of ways to engage the total body. Group exercise includes high-intensity cardiovascular formats, strength and power training, as well as mind/body training. All are important in maintaining a balanced, high-functioning body.

Exercise shouldn’t look the same on all bodies. The highest quality movement is the movement that best fits each body. Group exercise offers the opportunity for you to work at your level while enjoying all the benefits of working in a group.

Get Maximum Results in Minimum Time. One of the best benefits of group fitness is that you achieve maximum results in a minimum amount of time. Classes like Circuit, R.I.P.P.E.D, and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) mix cardio and strength training to send your metabolism soaring. By attending one of the YWCA of Minneapolis’ three convenient locations, you can maximize your calorie burn in as little as 25 minutes.

Meet New People. In a group fitness setting, you have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. The people in group fitness classes share your goal to live a healthy lifestyle through having fun and getting the most from their workouts. A unique connection evolves when people work together toward their goals. There is a group pride associated with achieving an hour of working out together week after week.

The YWCA provides a broad assortment of class formats to keep you motivated and interested — more than 200 per week, in fact. We are offering an added incentive for our members to participate in Group Fitness activities during the summer months. We have launched the Group Fitness Summer Challenge and are providing some exciting giveaways such as a new gas grill and Twins tickets.

Join us today for an experience that may very well change your life! View a complete listing of our exciting group fitness classes.