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Why You Should Take a Group Fitness Class

Today's exercise classes aren't just about camaraderie—they're also more intense than ever.
Jorg Badura

How many girls do you know who belong to a high-end gym, a cycling or yoga studio, a Pilates class, even a boot camp—all at the same time? For the record, we totally endorse this behavior—after all, they’re sweating through killer workouts with expert instructors in a setting that pushes them to elevate their game.

But you? Day after day you’re at your local gym, a lone wolf drifting sadly among the weight racks. So listen up, brother! Group exercise classes, which are probably available right where you work out now, have come a long way since Tae Bo and Jazzercise—which means it’s time to get over your “class” snobbery and get started. Here we’ve broken down all you need to know to do just that; and because we care, we’ve also added tips on how not to act like a douche bag. Trust us: No one wants to sweat it out next to “that guy”—especially the girls.

Sore to the Core: How to pick a core exercise class at your gym.

Must-Have Group Training Gear: The best shoes for bootcamp, gloves for combat class, and more.

Gear Up and Go: How to choose the best indoor cycling class for you.

How to Spin Right: New to spinning? Follow these three tips to get the most of it.

Fall in Line: Boot Camp Basics: Amp up your heart rate and torch fat with boot camp training

Unleash Your Aggression: The guy's guide to combat school, from MMA to boxing.

Find Your (Combat) Style: A primer on which martial arts genre is right for you.

Even More Class Action:  8 highly specialized fitness classes that are worth the dough.


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