Yes, you can run 20 miles alone. Yes, you can do a century ride solo. And sure, you can create a CrossFit-style home gym in your garage and break a sweat by yourself before the rest of your family wakes up. For some people, working out is a solitary sport. But for others, it’s all about embracing a fitness family.
Here’s why six Polar ambassadors prefer group fitness settings to become better athletes, friends, supporters, and competitors:
“I love yoga, CrossFit, and an epic spin class. I travel quite a bit, and finding a great yoga studio or SoulCycle class always opens the doors to a new and challenging fitness routine. Plus, it’s great for being social with people who are healthy and fitness-minded like I am.” –Steve Williams, cyclist, distance runner, and V800 user from Apex, NC
“Group exercise is a fun way to hang out with friends without feeling the pressures of eating and drinking foods that don’t normally fit into my strict competition diet. It allows me to stay social while still training extremely hard.” –Nikki Giacara, bodybuilder, bikini competitor, and M400 user from Miami Beach, FL
“I love teaching group exercise because it allows people of all ages and fitness levels to get involved. My group classes mix a combination of HIIT-style exercises with weight training, and clients frequently call my classes “Stacie-fied,” because I always put my own spin on them. The workouts are tough, but fun – and in my opinion, that’s one of the most important aspects of a workout that you can keep up in the long term.” –Stacie Montanaro, HIIT-style strength training coach and A370 user from North Reading, MA
“I love the push you get from having others around. I’m a very social person, so it serves as motivation to continue improving my fitness and an opportunity to see my friends.” –Sean Terwilliger, CrossFitter, power lifter, and M400 and M450 user from Wellington, FL
“I love group exercise because it lets me connect with people of all different athletic abilities.” –Vladimir Aronsky, cyclist and V800 user from Bellmore, NY
“This sounds awful, but I’m super competitive, so having someone next to me pushes me harder to ‘win.’ Group exercise pushes me to keep going, whereas with solo workouts I might stop when, physically, I could probably keep going.” –Tera Norberg, runner and A360 user from Cranston, RI
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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.