How Group Workouts Have Revolutionized the Fitness Industry

How Group Workouts Have Revolutionized the Fitness Industry

Group workouts have revolutionized the fitness industry in a number of ways. Not only is exercise great for physical health, but it also has significant positive impacts on mental health. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress and decrease symptoms for those who suffer with certain mental disorders such as anxiety and depression – not to mention the endless other benefits that are associated with exercise such as weight control, managing blood sugar and insulin levels and improving your cognitive skills so they remain sharp as you grow older. You would not think it could get better than this! However, group workouts have been shown to yield even better mental health results in conjunction with their physical benefits.

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association published a study in 2017 which highlighted the increased mental health benefits of group workouts. The study was conducted over a period of 12 weeks and included 69 participants. The participants were split into groups with 25 partaking in group workouts, 29 in ‘health enhancement groups’ which consisted of solo workouts or up to two partners, and three who did not partake in any exercise. Every four weeks the participants completed a survey which assessed their physical, mental and emotional states. By analysing these results, researchers were able to conclude that those that participated in regular group workouts reported a much more significant reduction in stress while physical, emotional and mental levels were much higher compared to the participants in the other groups. 

Due to the increasing popularity of group workouts, gyms, boutique studios and coaches everywhere are adopting the trend. You can find DVDs, live workouts and plans that are all focused on group workouts. This huge appeal of group workouts has driven sales within the fitness industry, which already had been doing well. Group workouts generally increase commitment and encourage those who attend to bring a friend, therefore expanding its popularity. Group workouts provide more motivation compared to those that workout alone. Not only does the coach keep everyone motivated, but everyone in the group motivates each other; people tend to push themselves harder to show their fitness levels when in a group setting and hold each other accountable for their progress. To illustrate this, a study conducted by the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology asked participants to perform a plank, both alone and with a workout partner. Working out with a partner proved to show increased motivation levels and participants were able to increase their plank hold time by 24%! Much of this increased desire to push harder when in a group setting is attributed to a phenomenon referred to as the Kohler effect; the Kohler effect occurs in many group settings, in which people push harder than they would compared to if they were alone, as they do not want to stand out as being the ‘weakest link’. 

Group workouts have revolutionized the fitness industry more so than single gym-goers. Les Mills states that those that attend group workouts are 26% less likely to cancel a group workout than a gym-only member; in fact, 35% of group workout participants remain loyal, compared to 29% of gym-only members. Group workouts help build a community and allow members to meet new people, offering a much more social aspect as opposed to just attending the gym and appealing to those of all ages and fitness levels. Gyms or specialised coaching services can sometimes be overwhelming for people who either do not have any fitness skills or perhaps are overweight or shy. Group workouts offer a more welcoming setting and generally advertise them as being accepting of those of all fitness levels, shapes and ages.  

One of the biggest obstacles for those wanting to get in shape, but cannot, is money! Group workouts offer a much more affordable means of getting exercise and achieving fitness goals. Group workouts provide guidance on proper form and demonstrate how certain exercises should be performed to avoid injury – similar to the advice and information you would receive should you pay for a one-on-one personal training session, but without the hefty price tag! Many people who attend the gym alone often do not have a clue of where to start or how to maintain a proper, structured workout. Group workouts offer structured and diverse workouts which provide members with a boost in confidence and the ability in performing these exercises as opposed to had they done them alone. 

Not only are group workouts great for all of the reasons mentioned above, but best of all, they are fun! Many people avoid exercise as it seems like a chore, but these kinds of workouts help keep members motivated and are more likely to keep participants coming back and sticking to their goals, rather than giving up. A group workout usually includes an exhilarating atmosphere with good music and lots of high energy from those that are participating. This helps make exercising more achievable and down to earth and adds to the social setting that attracts many people, making them successful and sustainable.

In conclusion, group workouts have revolutionized the fitness industry not only for those that attend these workouts but also for gym owners and coaches. Increased mental, emotional and physical levels combined with boosted confidence and motivation are just some of the reasons group workouts are popular. Group workouts offer a social setting that attracts people of all kinds of fitness backgrounds and retains them, more so than single gym-goers. Gyms, boutique studios and coaches are all witness to the benefits of group workouts and the hugely positive impact they have had on the fitness industry.

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Holly Bosman

About Holly Bosman

Proud mom of 3 kids. Certified as a personal trainer and in Silver Sneakers. I enjoy gardening, running and reading. 

I love that my job gives me the opportunity to change people’s lives and help them achieve their goals!

Alex Wagner

About Alex Wagner

My name is Alex. I first was introduced to fitness after losing 110 lbs in high school. From there I enlisted into the marine cops where I operated heavy equipment but also coached overweight marines to get back into standard. Now I do competitive powerlifting but also coach all walks of life to find their own healthy lifestyles.

Director of Personal Training
Certifications: ISSA Personal Trainer
Experience: 3 years
Specialities: Weight loss, Strength training, Lifestyle nutrition

Nahjerrelle Graves

about Nahjerelle Graves

Fitness is Practice for life. From my 6 years of experience & combined with being an athlete for over 10 years, fitness is the closest you will get to immediate self-reflection. When the going gets tuff, who will you be for you?!

Certifications: ISSA, Expert rating, IFTA, AMP
Experience: 6 Years of training experience; former College Athlete
Specialities: Athletic Training/Muscle Gain -Total Body Training/Weight Loss

Gavin Anglin

About Gavin Anglin

Gavin is a very professional and hard-working personal trainer and nutrition consultant. His passions are faith, family friends, fitness and food. He works hard to help others achieve the highest levels of health and well-being possible.

Gavin graduated from Appalachian State University in the spring of 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food. He also just recently completed the Dietetic Internship and graduate certificate program in nutrition with North Carolina Central University in Durham in the spring of 2023 to become a Registered Dietitian.

Certifications: ACEPersonal Trainer, AHA Basic Life Support training, BA in Food & Nutrition (Dietetics), NDTRs.
Experience: 6 years as Personal Trainer, 3 years NDTRs
Specialities: Lifestyle nutrition

Wanda Williams

About Wanda Williams

Hi! My name is Wanda Williams. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Fuel Fitness family.

My class is OnBeat. We do more than just dance! My class gives you an opportunity to express yourself and be a part of an awesome community without judgment. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Melissa Boorse

About Melissa Boorse

My name is Melissa. I am the Group Fitness coordinator. I have been teaching Group fitness for 8+ years. I started out as a Concept 2 Row instructor. I then began teaching indoor Cycle and now can teach a multitude of formats. I enjoy not only being a group fitness instructor, but I also enjoy the people in the classes. I love how they/we become friends and encourage one another, challenge each other, and help hold each other accountable.

Becoming an instructor has helped me to love and enjoy working out. I have now started road biking and hiking which is something I never thought I would ever enjoy doing. Getting into regular physical activity and healthy habits can lead to so many more activities, which makes life so much more enjoyable.

Abby Rex

About Abby Rex

My name is Abby and I’m a Licensed Recreational Therapist and a Certified Silver Sneakers Instructor.

I’ve worked for thirty years in Nursing Homes/Rehab Facilities and as a Silver Sneaker Instructor for eight years. Being with older adults is my jive and has always been even as a young girl.

My husband and I enjoy traveling, camping, and hiking. I’m glad to be a part of the Fuel Team!

Ryan Mitchell

About Ryan Mitchell

My name is Ryan and I love spending time with my dogs and wife.

I have been training clients for 18 years and am certified through NASM. I have recently completed a 14-month schooling/mentorship with a DR of physical therapy to become an active life professional.

An ALP is someone who offers education, and customized exercise programs based on comprehensive assessment and mentorship.

Trisha Marsh

About Trish Marsh

I started my personal fitness journey in 2017 when I lost 40 pounds in less than 2 months with diet and exercise. I made it my mission to help others the way I helped myself.

Certifications: Fitour Personal Training, Yoga, Group Fitness
Experience: 5 years
Specialities: HIIT, Cardio Dance Fitness, Pilates, Senior Fitness

Hal Roberts

About Hal Roberts

Hal is a transplant from Austin, TX. His training focuses on building a solid Mind-To-Muscle connection, mastering form, and building strength for a healthy active life.
Certifications: NASM CPT, USA Swim, USA Gymnastics
Experience: NASM CPT – 1 year; Swim – 15 years
Specialities: Functional strength training/ Fitness; Healthy aging

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Sonya Byrd is a yoga instructor with a 200-hour certification. She has four years of experience teaching yoga flow, power yoga and deep stretch.

What she loves most about teaching is the connections made with members. She enjoys the opportunity to let members know that they are enough and are created with a purpose.

Maci Maund

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Hey everyone! My name is Maci and I am very passionate about fitness and nutrition. I am a college student studying exercise science with hope to pursue a career in holistic medicine.

I am super excited to have the opportunity to instruct Row and Knockout here at Fuel.

Michelle Morton

About Michelle Morton

Hi, I’m Michelle and I have been teaching fitness classes for a little over 10 years. I love teaching in a group setting because it’s motivating to be surrounded by like-minded people and it fosters healthy competition.

Watching members go from a group of people who do not know each other when starting out, to growing into a family and people who care about one another is the best feeling.

I love watching people improve over time and helping them fall in love with moving their bodies and exercising. My goal is to make fitness FUN!

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Originally from London, England I came to America with an athletic scholarship for swimming as well as to complete two bachelor of science degrees in Exercise Science and Sport Management.

During my time in college, I completed a Personal Training certification and also became a corrective exercise specialist. Since graduating in 2020 I have also become a certified nutrition coach. All certifications through the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM).

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