Rachel Kasab credits Groupon with 50-pound weight loss
Rachel Kasab lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off after starting kickboxing classes. Photo courtesy Rachel Kasab
Rachel Kasab had just graduated college when she landed a job at a PR firm in New York City. She felt that all of the pieces of her life were falling into place but there was still one goal that she was having trouble achieving: losing weight.
Kasab was holding onto unhealthy college habits such as attending happy hours on a regular basis and overindulging refined carbs like bagels, pizza, and french fries. In an attempt to form healthier habits, Kasab decided to buy a Groupon for 10 kickboxing classes, as Women's Health reported. After attending one class with her coworker, she was hooked.
Kasab bought an unlimited membership to a kickboxing gym when she finished the Groupon classes. Photo courtesy Rachel Kasab
Kasab began going to classes three times a week and when the deal ended, she decided to join the gym full-time. "That's kind of how it all kickstarted," she told INSIDER. "I'd always wanted to lose weight. My entire life has been yo-yo dieting, Weight Watchers, or calorie counting...everything under the sun and it hasn't really worked out long-term."
After a year of boxing, Kasab was down 60 pounds.
Kasab told INSIDER that the time and money she invested into kickboxing motivated her to make other changes in her life. After she started boxing, she began making changes to her diet and meal prepping. She also started a wellness blog, changed the way she socialized and made plans that didn't revolve around drinking or eating.
"Instead of going to happy hours, I would go 'hey do you want to grab a SoulCycle class or do you want to try this new pilates workout?'" Kasab told INSIDER.
Boxing helped motivate Kasab to lead a more active lifestyle. Photo courtesy Rachel Kasab
It's been five years since Kasab took her first boxing class and she's managed to maintain an impressive 50-pound weight loss.
Her story is one example of how group fitness can be beneficial. To get the scoop on some of the ways group classes can help you reach your goals, INSIDER spoke with fitness experts Noam Tamir, a trainer and the owner and founder of TS Fitness in New York, and Spencer Hattendorf, a coach at Row House.
Group fitness classes can help you establish a consistent workout routine.
There are countless workout classes for people of any fitness level.
One of the reasons fitness classes are so beneficial is that they're planned for you at regularly scheduled times, so all that you have to do is show up.
"The really powerful thing about group fitness is that when you go in, you don't have to think or have a pre-planned workout," Hattendorf told INSIDER. "You can just let the instructor guide you through the workout and engage with as much or as little of it as you want."
The group element of classes can also make it easier for you to stay accountable. One study, published in the International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, found that people were more likely to adhere to an exercise program if it was a group class. "It's a lot easier to get people to do something when they make a commitment to other people or they start to make relationships with other people," Hattendorf said.
Group fitness could also improve your overall quality of life, as one study found that people who worked out in a group were fitter and felt better mentally and emotionally than people who worked out alone.
The best way to figure out if a class is for you is to try it.
Even if you're not a person who necessarily likes to make friends with people you're working out with, just having other people in the room can help motivate you to work harder, according to Hattendorf.
Trying different classes can help you find a workout that's both fun and challenging.
"You need to enjoy what you're doing, otherwise you won't stick with it long-term," Tamir told INSIDER. Research has shown that trying a new workout can increase your motivation and help you enjoy exercise more.
If you like to dance, try a dance cardio class. If you like to stretch and relax, try a yoga class. If you like running, join a Mile High run club. Or, if you want something to get your adrenaline going and burn a lot of calories, try a HITT workout. Tamir added that most classes are designed to burn calories, so regardless of what you chose, you're likely going to get a great workout.
Of course, trying new classes can be intimidating. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to overcome the nerves of going to a new studio. One of the easiest ways to feel more comfortable trying a new workout is to go with a friend. "Even if they're more fit than you, at least that kind of lowers a barrier for you," Tamir said.
There are endless options for classes — even trampoline workouts.
You can also do some research beforehand and read reviews of classes. Tamir suggested looking for reviews that indicate instructors are able to suggest modifications to match your level of fitness. Additionally, you can visit the studio before the class to address any questions or concerns with the instructor.
It also helps to go into a class without any expectations. Let go of preconceived notions, give it a try, and just see what happens. "You should leave classes thinking 'that was a challenge but I'm ready to do it again,'" Tamir told INSIDER.
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