We all know that having a workout buddy helps keep you accountable, and makes staying fit more fun. But what about multiplying those perks by, say, twenty workout buddies? We’re doing the math and taking a look at the top five benefits of group fitness classes.

1). Group classes are taught by a qualified instructor. Your instructor is there to motivate you, challenge you, and make sure that you’re getting the most out of your workout. This includes getting a proper warm-up and cool-down, which we know can be all-too-easy to skip if you’re hitting the gym alone. More importantly, your instructor can make sure you don’t hurt yourself if you’re unfamiliar with the equipment, and help you clip in to your bike for the first (or second or third) time.

2). Group classes are anything but boring. We hate to be the ones to say it, but doing the same routine, at the same gym, day in and day out, can get boring faster than Danielle has had us sprinting during Rhythm Ride. At SPIRE, we’re always upping our game with new music and different moves, so that you’ll never do the same workout twice. Whether it’s cycling, TRX, or rowing, that variety helps you stay entertained and utilize different muscles, which in turn builds your overall strength.

3). That brings us to our next point. having someone plan your workout means that you don’t have to. We know it sounds a little obvious, but we believe that working out should be an escape. When you come into SPIRE, you don’t have to think about the stresses of your day, how many more reps to do, or whether or not you have time for one more set. All you have to do is tune in to the music, follow your instructor, and let go, giving your body a hard workout and your mind a break.

4). Another benefit of group fitness that most people don’t realize is that it’s suitable for all levels. Though some might be intimidated by rowing or cycling classes, or under the impression that they’re only for the fitness pros, this actually isn’t the case at all. Any class can be modified for an individual’s specific level of fitness. Using lighter weights, lowering your resistance, and taking breaks when you need to are all great ways to customize your workout and make it work for you.

5. Last, but certainly not least, group classes are fun. It’s one thing to suffer through a sweaty, leg-shaking workout alone, but being surrounded by a roomful of people feeling the same burn as you can motivate you to stay strong until the end (or, at least make you feel a little less crazy). Your neighbors can challenge you just as well as they motivate— if the rower next to you is going all out, even after a 250-meter sprint, it makes you want to do the same. Group fitness reminds us that we’re all in this together. It’s less intimidating than working with a personal trainer and more fun than working out alone.

So whatever your fitness goals may be, our group classes are here to push, motivate, strengthen, and most importantly, inSPIRE.