If you struggle to work out consistently, experts usually recommend finding a workout buddy or joining a group workout program. After all, group workouts are known to improve motivation. What’s more, working out in a group can help you feel more fulfilled since your input can make a dramatic difference in the performance of the team as a whole.
The team behind Swerve Fitness understands the magic that working out as a team can add to your personal health journey. It’s for this reason that they’re partnering with Crunch Fitness to stream cycling challenges to gyms across the city. Each gym or studio will have its own team competing against other teams across the globe. Swerve Fitness has combined beat and power-based challenges to move your body and give your mind something to focus on. Add some friendly competition, and you will have a good time that is also good for your health.
What is Swerve Fitness?
Swerve Fitness launched in 2013 as the world’s first-ever team indoor cycling studio. The Swerve Fitness team has watched riders from all over New York City show up, push themselves, and improve over the years. They’ve also seen them set personal bests, turn defeats into motivation for the subsequent victory, and take on challenges outside of their regular workout routine.
Why should you consider group workouts?
You get a qualified fitness instructor
When you go to the gym for a solo session, it’s up to you to figure out how to do your workouts effectively. On the other hand, group workouts are usually led by a qualified fitness instructor who knows how you need to do each workout for maximum benefits. An instructor can also take your workout to the next level by motivating you when you’re tempted to give up.
You push harder
With the combination of a fitness instructor motivating you and other people around you doing the same workout, it’s harder to quit in the middle of a workout. This means that you’ll get through those last reps just fine. After all, when working out in a group, no one wants to be the weakest link. Working out with other people – some of whom are fitter than you – will encourage you to push yourself beyond your normal limits.
You can enjoy some friendly competition
Thanks to the tribe mentality of a group workout, you can also engage in some friendly competition. The competitive aspect of a group workout helps you feel more invested in the workout than you would if you were alone. After all, every minute counts towards your performance as well as the performance of your team.
There’s a lower risk of injury
Since you’re following the lead of a fitness instructor who knows what they’re doing, your risk of injury is reduced. Trained professionals will tell you exactly how to do it, and they’ll also correct poor technique or poor posture.
Given that someone else is telling you what to do and when to do it, you don’t have to think about a thing. Following someone else’s lead is so easy and it takes some of the pressure off working out.
The endorphins hit harder
While it’s true that any physical activity will flood your body with feel-good hormones, you get more endorphins from a group workout. As your moving your body, your fitness instructor is cheering you on, the people around you are smiling and everyone gets pumped up. This positive energy from the group can help you leave your workout feeling more energized and happier.
You get accountability and moral support
Working out with other people can help you gain a sense of support and encouragement. Pushing through challenging workouts and sweating with other people creates a bond that will leave you coming back again and again.
You can make friends
Joining a group workout is a great way to meet new people and grow your social circle. In fact, the bonds you form in your group workouts can easily turn into lifelong friendships thanks to the positive environment. During your sessions, these friends can provide a much-needed sense of community. Once your workout is over, you might leave with a new hiking buddy or a friend who enjoys some of your quirky interests as much as you do.
Group workouts can turn even the most boring exercise into an exciting activity for everyone. Working out in a group can be a fun time for everyone. Squats start looking a lot more fun when other people are sweating with you and cheering you own.
You can feel both challenged and confident
Group workouts are generally open to people with a variety of abilities. Working out with people who are more experienced thanyou are will challenge you to get better. Likewise, working out with people who are less experienced will reduce the chances that you’ll feel too intimidated to come back.
It’s more affordable than hiring a personal trainer
When you join a group workout you’re basically getting a personal instructor for less money. The only catch is that you have to share this instructor with the other members of your group.
The founders of Swerve Fitness have always plugged into this group workout dynamic, and are taking it to the next level by partnering with gyms around the country. By joining one of the teams in this competition, you can enjoy the benefits of working out in a group. In addition, you will get a GREAT cardio workout that boosts your immunity, improves your lung capacity and keeps your heart in tip-top condition.
While joining a group workout for the first time can be daunting, you’ll leave your first group cycling Swerve Ride wondering why you didn’t go sooner. With the combination of amiable instructors, like-minded teammates and a challenging workout, you’ll leave the gym looking forward to your next session.
Would you like to sign up for your Swerve Ride? You can find more information about this immersive cycling competition on Instagram.