Any kind of exercise is good for you, but working out in groups may give you that extra boost on a number of levels.
It Can Improve Your Motivation
Struggling to find effective motivation is one of the main reason people stop exercising on a regular basis. When life throws a curve-ball at you – like a late day meeting at work – and you’re the only one keeping yourself from quitting, it’s all too easy to say “I’m too tired, I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I’ll get back on track next week”.
Joining a group exercise class can help overcome this, keep you accountable, and even expand your friendship circle. You’ll look forward to working out with a group of like-minded people who will help push you that bit further, challenge you and hopefully make the workout more fun. Before you know it, the session will be over!
It Can Help Improve Your Form
Joining a group exercise class led by a certified group fitness trainer will not only help you learn new activities and routines to diversify your workouts, but it’ll also help you remedy any poor form. Keeping your form on point will reduce your chances of sustaining an injury that could make it a lot harder to reach your fitness goals.
You’ll Experience More Variety
It can be easy to settle into a tired, but comfortable, exercise routine when working out on your own. But with a group of people and an instructor to suggest new types of exercises, you’ll not only enjoy greater variety, but you’re likely to take on more challenging exercises that could see you reach your fitness goals faster.
You’ll Release More Endorphins
The brain releases endorphins, or ‘feel good’ chemicals, when you engage in physical exercise. It’s why you tend to be in a better mood towards the end of a workout or in the period following exercise. This process can actually be enhanced in a group setting, according to research.
In a 2013 study  published in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, researchers recruited people to work out for 45 minutes on rowing machines. After the session, people who had rowed in groups — and synchronised their movements — had a higher pain tolerance compared to solo rowers. Pain tolerance increased whether people were rowing with teammates or with strangers.
Researchers think the increased tolerance to pain may stem from a greater release of endorphins due to people getting in sync with one another while exercising.