We get it, Mama—joining group fitness can be intimidating, especially if you're new to a program or you haven't worked out in a while (or ever). The thing is, there's something magical about group fitness. It's not just about surrounding yourself with like-minded people (though our Village is an amazing benefit) … it's that little extra push to wake up early, to finish that last set of squats, or to run all-out as you finish a race.
We're not making it up—promise! A study published in the Journal of Social Sciences found that participants gravitate towards the exercise behaviors of those around them. Another study, published in the November edition of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, found that individuals who work out in a group have a 26 percent lower stress rate and improved quality of life compared to people who work out solo. So what's the deal?