We all know the benefits of staying in decent physical shape, whether that’s via making consistent visits to your local gym or signing up for regularly scheduled pick-up basketball games. Nonetheless, establishing physical activity as a constant habit in your life can become quite a challenge, not to mention the everyday responsibilities that could prevent you from maximizing your fitness potential.

This is where working out with a loved one, friend, or co-worker might come in handy – especially if you’ve ever been involved in a debate with them about who can squat or bench the most. Here are four great benefits of working out with a friend.

1. Increased Motivation to Stay Committed

Waking up early on Monday morning, eating a balanced breakfast, and heading off to the gym takes discipline.

Even when you’ve fully immersed yourself in the process, the hardest part about going to the gym is simply staying committed and establishing consistency. Working out with a friend will hold you accountable. It’ll push you to eat that healthy breakfast and motivate you to workout.

2. More Rewarding Experiences

For some, lifting heavy plates and dumbbells over and over again can be a boring, unfulfilling experience, especially when done alone. Going to the gym with a workout buddy is the perfect way to spice up the opportunity. Having fun, above all else, is the single biggest reason why new habits stick around.

Working out with a friend who is likely to have a similar mindset and ambition in regard to their fitness goals also makes the experience far more rewarding once both of you see how far you’ve come. You’re also bound to learn more about fitness, nutrition, and exercising methods by chatting with your friend and seeing what works best for both.

3. Cultivating a Competitive Environment

Drive and motivation are the two biggest repositories of fuel needed to be successful at the gym. While you can conjure enough motivation to go at it alone, imagine the effect of those two fuel sources multiplied by simply having a friend pushing you on to close that last rep instead of giving up.

Working out with someone – or in a group fitness environment – will increase the intensity of your exercise regime, and researchbacks this notion up as well.

4. Stronger Friendships

If you’re trying to get to know someone better – for instance, a coworker – the gym is an excellent medium to strengthen relations between the two of you and build natural chemistry that can translate to the workplace and other environments.

Starting with the common interest in trying to improve your fitness levels, the natural comradery that takes place at gyms makes it easy to chat about other subjects while you workout. Group fitness classes are excellent for this as well.

Refer a Friend to Fit Athletic Today!

If you want to start working out with a friend, you’re in luck! Be sure to refer a friend to Fit Athletic via our guest pass and start working together on achieving your fitness goals. Moreover, if group fitness classes are more of your thing, check out our class schedules and find a time that works best for you today.

What is a HIIT workout, and why is it growing in popularity? Incorporating different types of workouts is key to building up different muscle groups and seeing more results in your workouts. “HIIT” is a broad term for workouts that involve short periods of intense exercise followed by short rest periods. One of the most attractive benefits of taking a HIIT class is that you can get maximum health benefits in a small amount of time.

Why High Intensity Interval Training?

A typical HIIT workout can be anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes long, made up of a series of workouts in small circuits. This type of workout can be anywhere from sprinting, biking, jumping rope, lifting weights, ropes, bodyweight exercises, or more.

Since the workout is circuit-focused, one round or repetition of HIIT would most likely consist of 20 to 45 seconds of work, and a few seconds of rest. Do this for four to six reps for a complete workout. Depending on the exercises you choose to incorporate will affect the intensity of the workout.

HIIT classes are a great way to incorporate weight training and cardio into your weekly workout. A HIIT class is usually fast and furious but has also proven to be more enjoyable than a slower-paced exercise. It boosts class engagement and keeps your workout time efficient.

Long-Term Benefits of HIIT

Shorter period, maximum impact is one of the largest reasons for the popularity of HIIT workout classes. In fact, research shows that members in a HIIT class burned 25-35% more calories than another form of exercise. Other long-term benefits include:

Muscle building- Given the nature of the class, you’re going to be introduced to more weightlifting. This allows the body to build more muscle mass with new weight lifting activities.

HIIT Versus Cardio

These two styles of working out are very different from each other and have their respective benefits. In a steady-paced cardio workout, like a long job, bike ride, or elliptical you’re going to work your cardiovascular system, and slowly increase endurance. But with only participating in a steady-paced cardio workout, you might not reach your desired fitness goals and can wear down joints more easily – think knee pain on the hard pavement when you go for a run.

During HIIT, you might switch up your cardio for 30 seconds sprint, 10 seconds off, for around 20 minutes. You can get your heart rate up much faster than a steady pace and burn more calories in less amount of time. The benefits of a great workout are more accessible in a condensed time period.

FIT Grit

FIT unlimited group fitness now launches FIT Grit! Taking the best parts of weight training and cardio, FIT Grit burns stored body fat to increase your metabolism and burn calories even after your workout. This is a curated circuit training program designed to target all parts of your body. Led by passionate instructors, you’ll find a new sense of community, accountability, and motivation by attending each class.

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