Group Fitness for Fun and Happiness!

If you’ve never worked out with a group – you’re missing out!  Unlike going it alone, partaking in a group workout provides not only a better and deeper workout, but encouragement and accountability at the same time.  Most group classes are small enough for the trainer to provide individual attention too so you often get the benefits of a private workout with the extra bonuses of being surrounded by like-minded people giving it their all.  I mean, are you really going to quit with 3 minutes left on the clock?  Not if you’re in a group.   I can honestly say that I’ve turned off the workout video with just a few minutes to spare because I was “done”.  Have I ever walked out of a workout class before it was over? Never.  Have I seen others do it?  Not unless there was an unrelated reason for it.

I’m inspired to write this article today because I had the pleasure of working out with RFT (Raw Functional Training) Trainer Ashley Stauffer and her clients in her Wednesday night Boot Camp style class last week.

It felt good to get through a challenging workout while I was being given attention from Coach Ashley and encouragement from the more advanced clients in the group. I got out of my house and -big bonus- got to spend time doing something productive to enhance my well being with other people.  I didn’t know anyone there but when you show up, you’re all there for the same reason.  High fives at the end closed the deal.  I’ll be back next week (perfect pre-Thankgsiving body prep!).

Something you may not know about me – I have two jobs and am also working towards a new Corporate Wellness Certification.  My personal time is limited and my social life is non existent.  I found that although I’m eating healthy, working out, staying on top of my work and studies, I was still missing something.  I’ve been disciplined and have been keeping my head down for a couple of years now.  It’s not easy to admit but my social life needs generating.  I’m not interested in drinking at bars or spending money going out to eat.  As an adult who has been transitioning into a new woman with big goals, I don’t really have many of the same friends that I used to a few years back.  Do I have the time to go out on “blind” friend dates?  No.  Have I tried? Yes…

Something I realized recently, is that showing up for a group workout is very safe and self serving.  It’s safe because you are there to do a predetermined thing (of your choosing) for a specific amount of time and are not committed to socialize or stay late.  If you do connect with the group or an individual, it’s simply because bonds are naturally created as we enjoy working out together and our endorphins are pumping.   At the end of the day, we just did something we love with each other and have something in common.  Now THATS a date!

Coach Ashley taking a breath during our workout!

If you’re needing some motivation or just want to expand your social circle, I encourage you to search some group fitness classes in your neighborhood.  There are many ways to do it and many gyms, studios and trainers offer first time freebies.  If you want to join me this Wednesday, Ashley has provided a free class to You Empowered subscribers.  It’s the perfect way to prep for the indulgence of Thanksgiving.  We’re proactive people right?  Who knows, you may just meet your new best friend there (I think I might have).   In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am sharing what I’m grateful for: My new friendship with Coach Ashley and her generosity in providing my people with a kick-ass workout fro free.   Reply to this post to save your spot!

See you on Wednesday, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Coach Marisol

Marisol Ballaro

My name is Marisol Ballaro, and I am your own personal health coach and life buddy. I have always worked in service to others. If you are interested in a gentle way to make lifestyle changes to dramatically improve your health (weight loss, reducing your risk of lifestyle diseases) and well-being (better mood, energy and sense of purpose), I’m your woman. Check out my programs for more info!

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