Friday, November 14, 2014

Putting the Group in Group Exercise

I asked fellow blogger Jamaica King to tell me a bit about why she loves group exercise classes. Her answers reminded me just how important the social aspect of what we do is, and that it's something I should pay more attention to! Here's what she had to say.

Group exercises are not for everyone. We all have our unique style and approach for living an active lifestyle, but social fitness activities are what works for me. There are many times I workout solo, but ultimately I prefer a “gym buddy” or a group setting.

Before I go into the details, let me give you some context about the types of group exercises I’m involved with. I participate in run groups with my colleagues at work, Nike Run Club, or other local running groups. When my job allows, I’m an occasional member of Nike Training Club Santa Monica, a community fitness group that trains once a week. I attend group classes at CrossFit Sandbox I’m also subscribed to 220 Fitness specifically for their classes (they have a variety of options). Lastly, I’ve partaken in some cool events such as NTC Tour LA, Nike Track Club Ladies Night, and Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego. By now, hopefully it’s apparent that I’m a social fitness junkie.

So… why do I enjoy it?
Meeting new people. A part of experiencing life is seeing what is out there and that includes meeting new people. There are many different types who come from various places across the globe who belong to diverse cultures. As an explorer of the world... I want to experience that.
Friendly competition. Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals who are goal diggers thirsting for results inspire me and motivate me to propel forward. It pushes me to be the best I can be and to redefine "best" whenever I get there.
Fun. Yep. It's as simple as that. I have fun when I'm around other people who are also having fun. Group exercises keep things interesting and different. You never know what to expect and at time it can be surprisingly rewarding.

Do you like group exercises or social fitness activities? What do you like about them?

About Jamaica King
Your resident fitness junkie who travels to run and runs to explore. If she’s not pounding pavements or sweating a river, she’s chatting up a storm on Twitter (@itsrarax3) or blogging on You can also hit her up on Instagram (@rarax3).


  1. Thanks for featuring me on your blog ^_^

    <3 Jamaica

  2. I'm so thankful for Zumba and group fitness. I have made some amazing friends and it has been the catalyst for many changes in my life. Zumba changed my life!!! ;)