There are many physical benefits to group exercise classes, some being: strengthening muscle, building stamina, improving flexibility and increasing muscle endurance. However, one of the reasons group exercise classes are so popular is because they help people accomplish challenging workouts with a fun social aspect.
Group classes are a great way to work out with friends or to meet new people who have similar interests. In this environment it is very easy to compare yourself to others, especially if it's your first group class. Just remember that this is your starting point and you’re there to focus on your goals (not what everyone else is doing!) Group classes are for all fitness levels and many provide movement modifications so don’t worry! Yes, exercise classes can be a challenge, but that makes them excellent for strengthening mental toughness as well.
The fitness instructor who leads the class will motivate you and make it a fun experience!
The following is a description of the group exercise classes offered by Riverside Corporate Wellness.
If you are looking for a class that focuses on cardio, try…
Combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. This high-energy workout challenges you no matter your level of fitness. Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility, and burn calories as you build lean muscle with this fun and challenging workout.
Challenges aerobic capacity as well as the endurance and power of large muscle groups while sustaining and improving core stability. It starts with a gradual warm-up and stretch, a period of cardiovascular challenge, and ends with a cool down and muscle stretch off the bike. Class orientation and bike reservation required.
If you are interested in classes that strengthen core muscles, consider…
Engages the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and aware of breathing. The goal of this class is to strengthen the deep muscles of the torso, promote proper alignment of the spine, and enhance the fluid movement of muscular contractions.
Strength & Stability
Focuses on strength training while maintaining and strengthening core stability through systematic muscle recruitment, isolation, and conditioning.
Utilizes proper breathing techniques while incorporating muscular endurance and flexibility to assist overall mind-body relaxation.
If you want to try a class that improves muscular strength, we recommend…
Opportunity to strength train in a small group setting using barbells and free-weight plates. Instructors will promote safe and effective exercises that will contribute to the improvement in strength, positive changes in body composition relative to muscle mass and increased confidence in free weight training. Orientation necessary prior to attending class.
If you want something with a little bit of everything, consider our two NEW classes…
Alternating short periods of intense exercise with less intense recovery periods. Allows you to participate in strength training as well as improve cardiovascular fitness. All exercises can be modified to fit your fitness level. Every class will be a little different, formatting like Tabata or other timed intervals will be used. All fitness levels are welcome!
A high-intensity workout offering intervals of strength, cardio, and core work with short rest intervals. Participants will move around to different stations in class and use a variety of equipment. Exercises can be modified if needed!
We hope that you find an exercise class that you like (or several) if you haven’t already! Don’t be afraid to try something new! Lastly, please remember to pay attention to how your body is feeling—if you need to take a break, just do what you can and jump back in when you’re ready!