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"Group Exercise Benefits"

by Luanne Williams


It’s almost the end of January — do you know what happened to your new year’s resolution? Sadly, but predictably, fewer than 10 percent of people who make resolutions wind up keeping them. For many, by the end of January, the dream of accomplishing a new fitness goal has already fallen by the wayside. If that’s happened to you, or if you’re still trudging along but feel your enthusiasm starting to wane, don’t fret. Group fitness classes can help.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), group exercise offers a variety of benefits not available to those who only work out alone, not the least of which is staying power. “Exercising in a group is more motivating than doing it alone. You make friends in class and enjoy the camaraderie,” said Gaynelle Brown, a regular at Just Dance Fitness for the past three to four years. “I could do Zumba at home, but it’s just not the same. In class, you get energy from other people.”

Check out the ACSM list of group-exercise advantages below and see how JDF Zumba classes provide each benefit:

  • Safe and effectively designed workouts: Zumba instructors lead programs with built-in warm-up, cardio (high- and low-intensity intervals) and cool-down portions. Dance moves enhance flexibility and core strength.
  • Consistent schedule: JDF classes are offered five days a week. Zumba with Lisa is Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.; Troy teaches Zumba Gold Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30; and Zumba Fuel, with Troy and Nathan, follows at 7 p.m. Saturday’s 10:30 a.m. class often features all three instructors.
  • Accountability factor: While no one will come to your door and demand an explanation if you miss class, knowing that others on the dance floor rely on you makes it harder to skip and easier to meet your goal.
  • Workouts that don’t require prior exercise knowledge or experience: Zumba is learned just like follow the leader. Never danced? No worries, just watch and move. No equipment needed, just comfortable clothes and sneakers.
  • Social and fun environment: Smiling faces, a mix of instructor styles and music make an hour-long JDF dance party go by very quickly.

Bottom line, group fitness is appealing to adults for all the same reasons that kids prefer a busy playground to a lonely backyard. It’s more fun to play — or dance — together.

Visit a JDF Zumba class today. First-time visitors dance for free.

Just Dance Fitness instructors are licensed to teach:

  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Zumba ToningZumba Toning
    License to teach body-sculpting techniques using Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and build strength.
  • Zumba GoldZumba Gold
    License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.