Group Fitness Classes

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    Jan 20, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    Who here likes doing group fitness classes?? I've been to a couple of gyms, and not many guys take group classes.

    I love doing Turbo Kick, Spin, and Zumba, haha icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 20, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    I take group yoga classes. Anything else is too loud. And if I can't hear the instructor over the music I don't see the point.
  • NHLFAN

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    Jan 20, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
    You will see me in Bodypump. Best hour of weights and cardio if you ask me. 800 reps in an hour.
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:47 AM GMT
    Body Pump is definitely a great workout with the right weight amounts. And agreed! Some instructors blast the music too loud.

    I just feel like there's a stigma to guys doing group classes sometimes.
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:50 AM GMT
    My hot power yoga class is too loud. I now wear ear plugs in whatever class I take.
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:54 AM GMT
    Bodypump - 3x week
    Spinning - 3x week
    Body combat - 1x week
    Body Flow - every now and then

    LOVE group classes. gets my competitive side out esp in Body pump. 100lbs squat track icon_twisted.gif
  • Beastmode

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    Jan 20, 2013 5:56 AM GMT
    I used to love doing spin and body pump. These days I much prefer the Crossfit WODs.
  • NHLFAN

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    Jan 20, 2013 6:19 AM GMT
    alex1990 said

    I just feel like there's a stigma to guys doing group classes sometimes.


    I think there is some stigma because they don't understand. I'm referring to Bodypump. Have had a couple of the bigger guys ask me why I always to go that class and explain to them my reasoning. I try and get them to do one class and see if changes their mind. Several have taken the class with me and think they can load that bar up with heavy weights. Even when I tell them no way in hell will you finish the set with that weight, I don't care if you have huge arms, legs, chest, whatever. LOL

    Guys see the light weight and think it's a sissy class, but its far from it. If you do the form correctly and keep adding weight when you can, it works pretty damn good.
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    Jan 20, 2013 9:41 AM GMT
    NHLFAN said
    alex1990 said

    I just feel like there's a stigma to guys doing group classes sometimes.


    I think there is some stigma because they don't understand. I'm referring to Bodypump. Have had a couple of the bigger guys ask me why I always to go that class and explain to them my reasoning. I try and get them to do one class and see if changes their mind. Several have taken the class with me and think they can load that bar up with heavy weights. Even when I tell them no way in hell will you finish the set with that weight, I don't care if you have huge arms, legs, chest, whatever. LOL

    Guys see the light weight and think it's a sissy class, but its far from it. If you do the form correctly and keep adding weight when you can, it works pretty damn good.


    If you think the classes are sissy come to the Army-style circuit training classes the gym near me used to have on a Saturday morning. I thought I was a fairly fit guy and just about left the classes on my hands and knees. People were actually holding onto each other during the class. It was TOUGH. And also - brilliant! I've also enjoyed spin classes and body pump.

    I don't have the time for classes due to workshifts these days but do occasionally make it to a core flex and balance class which does a mixture of tai chi, pilates and yoga. It means that when I am training for a half marathon, I am less likely to acquire injuries.

    Weird fact for you: apparently you are 4 times more likely to enjoy exercise if you do it in group activities. There you go : definitely something to be said for the gym classes!
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    Jan 20, 2013 9:53 AM GMT

    I just feel like there's a stigma to guys doing group classes sometimes.[/quote]

    Quite happy to do Body Balance where I'm the only male in the class! It's a really sweaty workout but very relaxing by the end icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 20, 2013 1:10 PM GMT
    For months I was having the hardest time getting back to the gym solo, then I joined a group fit camp and it made me the most consistent I've ever been. The group accountability and encouragement is huge, great acquaintanceships/friendships, and frankly it makes the workouts more fun, for me.
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    Jan 20, 2013 2:27 PM GMT
    I have been the only guy in my Turbo Kick class before. When the teacher sings along with the music every so often, I get a special shoutout... "Go go go girls, go go go Bobby!" It is the only non boring way for me to do cardio.
  • docbailey2005

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    Jan 20, 2013 2:31 PM GMT
    Bootcamp with Tim at 24 hour Cass Omaha is top notch. In fact i can't believe they aren't charging for the class. Tim is widely known as a top personal trainer at this location he even writes a fitness column for our local news paper. if you can't get results from his class you're not trying.
  • SkyMiles

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    Jan 20, 2013 2:37 PM GMT
    I always liked the group fitness classes at Golds -- RPM, BodyCombat and BodyPump. Having other people around made me want to keep up, and the music synced to the exercises helped too.
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    Jan 20, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    Good to see you guys enjoy group classes too. They definitely are a fun way to do cardio... It's always like a party at my gym, haha
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    Yeah, I have been the only guy in some of the classes: Spin Class, the Cardio Dance Class, Yoga, and Yoga-lates (a mixture of yoga and pilates).

    But they really work you out, and I enjoy going to them. Not to mention that I have learned a lot from them.
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    Jan 20, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    Do the spinning & yoga classes 2 to 3 X's a wk each. Sometimes I'm only guy in the class but past were that would bother me. 3 of us guys in the yoga class this morning and up to 5 of us now in spinning on wkend. Wk days maybe 1 other guy. 2 left feet here so most other classes I avoid. Need to much co ordination between the feet & arms in those. lol.
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    Jan 21, 2013 1:13 AM GMT
    I generally go to at least 4 Spin classes a week. TUE/THU night and SAT/SUN morning. Alot of hot younger guys in my classes. My club has several locations around the downtown Chicago area, but the Lincoln Park club has the largest collection of hotties. That's not the only reason I go, it's also a fantastic workout, but it depends on the instructor, each has their own style. I'm lucky because I like to work out and don't need motivation to go to the gym.
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    Jan 21, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    Does cycling with a group count?