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GUYS - Don't Underestimate Group Exercise Classes!

by Corey Carter

I'm a member of our local YMCA and even though I feel like these classes usually have 75% women in them, they are GREAT workouts.  

My two favorite are called "Group Core" and "Group Power."  These are programs developed by 3rd-party companies that the YMCA's in my area have purchased to be able to host and teach, so these might not be available at every gym.

(The definitions of the two classes are below, courtesy of the YMCA Website)

3 Reasons I Like These Classes So Much:

1-They kinda "force" you into a complete workout. (Both really work almost all the muscles in your body and really get you sweating - you won't leave the gym feeling like you didn't get a workout in!)

2-Good uptempo music!  Each exercise is done to the beat of a dance-version of a popular song, so the music helps "get you pumped."

3-ANYBODY can do them!!  Really, there are everybody from 60 year old women, to middle-aged men who are not in great shape, to younger guys who are in GREAT shape.  The nice part is you can adjust each exercise based on your fitness/strength level.  

If you have these-type classes available at YOUR gym or YMCA and haven't tried them, what are you waiting for?!? 

Group Core 

Let’s get Hard Core! Train like an athlete in 30 action-packed minutes. A strong core, from your shoulders to your hips will improve your athletic performance, will help prevent back pain, and give you ripped abs! Expert coaching and motivating music will guide you through functional and integrated exercises using your body weight, weight plates, a towel, and a platform – all to challenge you like never before. Reach Your Peak with Group Core! 

Group Power 

Group Power is your hour of power! This 60 minute barbell program strengthens all your major muscles in an inspiring, motivating group environment with fantastic music and awesome instructors. With simple, athletic movements such as squats, lunges, presses and curls, Group Power is for all ages and fitness levels. Discover results, discover Group Power