For those that are life-long Northeast Ohio natives or for those of us who are recent converts, we all know one spectacular thing about our city – Cleveland thrives on its sense of community. We take pride in our neighborhoods, art, food, sports, and most importantly, people. Clevelanders love CLE and the CLE loves them back by offering endless opportunities to be with and support each other. While most outsiders would think this translates into a city that is forced to come together to live through “The Decision”, “The Drive”, or frequent lake-effect snow storms, we know the truth. That while this city does have a history of coming together during tough times, we have many more positive reasons than negative to celebrate being Clevelanders.
To name a few, we have one of the most spectacular art scenes in the country, an orchestra that ranks as one of the world’s greatest, and so many fabulous restaurants that one can do some serious damage to the waistline if trying to make their way through all of them.
However, possibly one of the lesser known positives, and one that can help counter all of the delicious food consumed in our town, is the fantastic group fitness opportunities in Cleveland and beyond.
Group fitness opportunities present a great way for Clevelanders, new and old, to come together and explore their city, try something new, hear great music, make friends, and have fun! The power of the pack is what drives group fitness – drawing on the strength and encouragement of your fellow fitness community members. While they may not be as difficult as surviving the Red-Right-88 incident of 1981, group fitness classes can push you past your typical physical (and mental) limits.
Think paddle boarding is only for summer? All you need is a pool and lets add yoga to the mix to make it more challenging with Shaka Fitness.
While finding the right community is the most critical component of getting what you want from a group fitness experience, there are many other positives that come from adding it into your exercise routine. It builds accountability into your fitness regimen – financially (most classes are prepaid), organizationally (as it stares at you from your calendar), and socially (the other regulars are expecting you to show up). It offers some variety in what can otherwise become routine and boring.
And lastly, it’s just plain old fun! You get the benefits of being inspired and motivated by your pack – realizing that while nobody is judging, watching, or laughing (except maybe your rhythmically challenged hip-hop friend), everyone is still supporting. It’s the Cleveland community spirit at its best.