Eva Ottas, who puts together the training schedules for MyFitness sports clubs, says that regular training is important not only for robust health but also for feeling good about yourself – and that group training can be of huge help in getting you to persevere rather than giving up after the first week.

“Studies have shown that people who do group training work out for 30% longer, which is to say they don’t skip classes and don’t drop out immediately like some people who work out on their own do,” she explains. “Exercising in a group also boosts your motivation, because you don’t want to be the one who walks out half way through – you want to push on and make it all the way to the end of the class. Sometimes, when you work out by yourself, you just think ‘Oh, that’ll do’ and leave it at that.”

Ottas says group training is definitely suited to those who don’t want to exercise on their own. “After a long day at work it can be a blessing not to have to wander around the gym trying to remember what you’re supposed to be doing next,” she smiles, adding that in group sessions that is what the trainer is there for: telling you what to do and how to do it, and leaving you little opportunity to bunk off. “You can still take breaks if you need to – that goes without saying,” she explains. “But there’s still someone there spurring you on and keeping you going. It’s fun, too. Lots of people make new friends from working out in a group.”

Choose your training style based on your goals

Ottas says that group training is suited to people of all ages and levels of fitness, and to men and women alike. The MyFitness schedule offers such a wide variety of classes to choose from that everyone is sure to find something to their liking.

“Particularly at the moment it’s important to remember that working out is about looking after your health and that regular exercise boosts your immunity, keeps your mind active and puts you in a good mood,” she says. Her advice is to choose a type of training that is in line with what you hope to achieve – whether you want to focus on cardio, muscle or body & mind training.

“Most important of all is that you enjoy it,” she adds. “There are all sorts of styles and levels and trainers, and there’s sure to be one of each that speaks to you and motivates you. Don’t pick something you know you won’t be into. If you don’t like dancing, don’t go for a dance class. Choose the one that’s right for you.” She says the most important thing is taking the first step: heading out to the running track or to the gym. After that, she promises, things will get easier – and you’ll get used to your workout routine within a few short weeks.


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