Boost Mental Health With Group Fitness Classes

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fitness 12 days of Christmas 2019

Improve your state of mind through group fitness

Exercise is great for your physical health and working out in your local Xercise4Less gym is equally good for your mind. Being fitter helps greatly with mental health as research has shown that exercise can lower your stress levels, improve your mood and even decrease any symptoms of anxiety you may be feeling. But did you know that going to a group fitness class can be even more beneficial than working out solo?

Some recent studies have reported that people who took group exercise classes reported less stress and more emotional and mental benefits than those who worked on their fitness alone or didn’t go to the gym at all. We pride ourselves at Xercise4Less Gyms in being a friendly and supportive fitness community for all our members as they lift weights or run on the treadmill. But we see how our inclusive group exercise classes can give the minds and moods of our gym members an even greater boost as they enjoy some fitness fun with new encouraging friends.

So, why is it better to work out with other people than by yourself?

Make new fitness friends

You feel a lot closer to the other people in the room when you’ve been through a tough spin class or Zumba fitness session together!  You can develop positive friendships thanks to the shared experience of working out hard in your inclusive classes at Xercise4Less Gyms. Connecting with someone who has shared workout interests will keep your fitness journey on track as you won’t want to let them down by missing a session. It’ll also keep you motivated to keep going during the class as your competitive instincts kick in. But you can also enjoy further mental benefits of having fitness friends by spending time with your new gym buddies after class chatting or going for a coffee. Social time spent with your group of new fitness friends will help to perk up your mood.

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Groups have more fun

Let’s be honest, sometimes going to the gym on your own just isn’t that exciting! Perhaps your workout schedule is starting to feel stale? Put the fun back into fitness when you join a group workout session. Our inclusive fitness classes just make working out a lot more fun. With the music blaring and the buzzy atmosphere and the positive energy of your fellow classmates make it more likely that you’ll make it through to the end in better spirits. The variety of inclusive fitness classes available to our members also mean you can have some fun and keep your fitness plan fresh by trying different classes to suit your workout mood.

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Draw on the support of group exercise classes

There is real strength in numbers at Xercise4Less Gyms. Working out on your own is a great way of coping with stress and anxieties; you can sometimes lose yourself in your workout. But the positive energy given to you by being spurred on by a supportive group of friends in one of our fitness classes is truly empowering. Not only can the encouragement of your classmates push you harder than training alone, but you benefit from real emotional support not just for your fitness journey but for your life in general through a proper support network of workout buddies.

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Group fitness classes will renew your motivation

Going to the gym regularly and working out the same way week after week can sometimes take a toll. It’s vital to keep refreshing your fitness programme to retain that motivation to lose weight, build muscle or tone your body. Group exercise classes are very helpful in ensuring that you don’t fall out of love with fitness. When you’re a member of Xercise4Less Gyms you get to choose from up to 40 free fitness classes as part of your gym membership. You’ll keep yourself interested and your muscles guessing with the amazing variety offered by our range of group exercise classes. You get to try something different and if it wasn’t what you were looking for, you can just change it!

Exercise your mind with Xercise4Less Gyms

Work out your body and brain with an Xercise4Less Gyms membership. Strengthen your mind body connection by trying some group exercise classes. Join fitness classes designed to get your heart racing and your metabolism ramped up and get all the positive benefits of being part of a real gym community. Group exercise classes are only a part of our fantastic gym facilities though. Reap the brain benefits of exercising in our innovative gym areas like our Ladies Only Gym Zone. Harness the huge mental benefits of working out in our spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with MMA cage. Whatever you need to transform your mental and physical transformation, you’ll find it at your local Xercise4Less gym.

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2020 Fitness Trends

Fitness Trends 2020 - Sam Chia Rower

Transform Your Gym Experience with these 2020 Fitness Trends

At Xercise4Less Gyms we’re on a mission to help our members achieve their exercise ambitions this year and every year. As part of that desire to accelerate your fitness journey, we bring you the latest fitness trends expected to dominate the year. From wearable tech to group training and personal exercise sessions here are some 2020 fitness trends to keep you motivated and active in the New Year.

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Group Fitness in 2020

Group exercise classes have been popular in our gyms for a long time but that’s because they’re so effective in getting you fitter whether they’re cardio-based classes, indoor cycling or dance-based fitness session. In 2020 it’s predicted that fitness classes will be even more popular amongst gym goers particularly because of their social aspects. The way we socialise with friends or spend time with work colleagues is set to change in the next year with a trip to the gym tipped to replace a trip to the pub especially for Millennials and Generation Z. Group fitness classes are not just a great way to reduce some of the anxiety of exercising alone in a gym but you also learn new workout techniques, keep your fitness programme fresh and commit to going to the gym on a more regular basis. 

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2020 Functional Fitness Training

Functional training is predicted to really appeal to gym goers in 2020. Improving your balance and coordination while building strength through functional training will become much more popular in the next year. Increased functional fitness through squatting, lifting, pulling, etc. ensures a healthier and more injury-free future for all gym goers but particularly for older adults. As you’d expect, we’re bang on fitness trend here with the functional fitness zone in your local gym!

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HIIT Your Fitness Targets in 2020

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been popular for a while, after all who doesn’t love a workout that doesn’t last for hours! But in 2020 it will remain a key fitness trend. You can benefit from plenty of HIIT classes at your local gym as you work out for short bursts of maximum intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest. Burn lots of calories in a short time, reduce your blood pressure and keep your metabolic rate up for hours after a HIIT gym session. Taking on a HIIT class is just a great way of going to the gym regularly without having to take too much time out of your busy day.

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Training Smarter in 2020 with Free Weights

We’re not fortune tellers at Xercise4Less Gyms, but we could see this future fitness trend coming! With our dedicated free weights area packed with barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, and medicine balls you won’t have to hang around to lift free weights during your trip to the gym. Free weight exercises allow you to strengthen your body’s stabilizing muscles and load each side of your body equally preventing muscle strength imbalances. Free weight sessions are also very helpful for every day functional fitness. No wonder training with free weights is predicted to be a key fitness trend in 2020.

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Personal Training to Transform Your Fitness Journey in 2020

A long-time favourite in any list of fitness trends, in 2020 personal training is tipped to be a key part of everyone’s exercise plans. One-on-one training with a personal fitness coach helps create a sense of accountability and allows you to really evaluate your fitness journey at every stage. Exercise more effectively with workouts specific to your individual exercise goals and to your current fitness levels. Expert personal trainers can act as a mentor on your fitness journey and provide you with all the tools you need from training goals to meal plans. As part of your Xercise4Less gym membership you get a free one to one session with a personal fitness trainer, but you can also benefit from further personal training sessions in your local gym or take part in our fantastic boot camps led by our fitness instructors.

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Working Out with Wearable Tech in 2020

You probably have wearable fitness technology on you as you read this and in 2020, you’ll pay even more attention to wearable tech and fitness trackers. Exercise data ranging from sleep patterns to heart rate will play an increasing role in achieving your fitness goals. You can look forward to more innovative fitness apps and fun group classes that use technology to improve your workout experience. Think group exercise classes making the most of wearable tech, VR technology, and fitness apps. You can already enjoy Virtual Cycling classes in some Xercise4Less gyms and advancing technology will continue to shape your fitness in 2020.

Fitness for the Long Term with Xercise4Less Gyms

Interesting as future fitness trends are, we’re a firm believer in the long term when it comes to health and wellbeing. Xercise4Less Gyms aims to be with you on every stage of your fitness journey wherever you’re starting from and no matter how long it takes to reach your destination. You can always depend on our real dedication to providing you with whatever you need to transform your body in 2020 from the latest group exercise classes to innovative fitness zones like the Ladies Only Gym Zone.