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Why You Should Work Out With Your Squad

When it comes to getting fitter, don't go solo

Going lone wolf at the gym actually might make you exercise less. An English study reveals that exercising in a group helps people stick to their workout plan.

Overweight, sedentary adults who took part in a 10-week group exercise program attended 84 percent of their sessions and improved in their fitness level by 9 percent. The improvement may well be due to added motivation from being around other people.

Kapag mag-isa ka lang, yung motivation to challenge yourself, [pwedeng kulang]," says Reijo Del Prado, head coach and managing partner at FTX Gym in Makati City. “With group exercise, nagkakaroon ka ng challenge of wanting to keep up with others or be better and that’s a good thing.”

Schedule certain gym days or a weekly ballgame with your tropa. But if your pals are more of the sedentary sort, attending a group excercise class is your next best bet.  

“The enthusiasm of the people in a class is contagious. Pati yung energy level ng instructor can be motivating,” says Ferdinand Manabat, a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor at Gold’s Gym.

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Classes are now geared for both men and women at fitness facilities. If you go regularly, it’ll also help improve your social life, too.

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“The group concept helps build friendships and camaraderie among participants,” says Sheen Gonzales, a personal trainer and group class instructor at 360 Fitness Club in Ortigas. Another upside: Gonzales says the ratio of women to men in classes is usually 3 to 1 or 2 to 1. If you’re single, it’s the kind of situation you’d want be socially. How's that for added motivation? 

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.