Class to Closet: Should You Workout Alone Or In A Group?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Should You Workout Alone Or In A Group?

WE;ve talked a lot about group fitness here on Class To Closet, everything from yoga classes to group personal training. But how do you know if group classes are even for you? Today I'm sharing with you a few tips to help you think about if you should work out alone or in a group. I would say from personal experience, I like a little bit of both. Some days I like being in a room full of women who are trying to achieve the same goals I am. However, I have my days where I just want to be alone outside on a long, long run.

Like Community Support?
You should workout in a group. Having your girlfriends in the same spin class as you can be very motivating. When your friends are encouraging you to continue and work harder, you feel their motivation. Peer support can be a great motivator.

Get Stressed Easily?
You should workout alone. When you're alone outside in the fresh air and surrounded by nature, you will feel at ease. However, if your chatty BFF is on that run with you, you might end up feeling even more stressed.

Do You Get Social Butterflies?
You should workout alone. Some people really do get anxiety over having to chat with others. If this is the case, you should definitely workout alone. Your hour a day working out should not make you feel anxious, in fact it should make you feel at ease. HOWEVER, if you're trying to work on your social anxiety; group fitness classes once in awhile could help!

Like To Race?
You should workout in a group. Are you the runner on the treadmill that is racing the person next to you even though they have no clue? If so, you feel motivated by others. There is nothing wrong with this! The intense workout habits of others motivaties you, so you should try out group classes!

Do you prefer to workout in a group or alone? Let me know in the comments below!
xo Nicole


  1. I try to do a combination of the two. I like to run alone but take classes like Barre in groups!

    x. Sabrina // Simply Sabrina

  2. I workout by myself.. but working out with a friend is always more motivating! loved the post..


  3. I like working out by myself if I'm on my own time in the gym, but I love taking workout or dance classes with friends... it's healthy to have both I think!

    x Sarah

  4. Working out by myself is great when I have stuff on my mind, but I love taking classes with friends! Going to a class in a group sometimes makes it seem like you're not even working out!
    xx, Mikkaela
    Southwestern Prepster

  5. I love cardio dance classes but I also like to spend some alone time on the elliptical! Although recently my husband has been going with me and its super fun to snap chat flirt while working out!!

    Dimples of Dixie

  6. Prefer to do in a group, alone I'm too lazy! :)


  7. I like mixing it up. Group classes are great, especially when I don't feel like working out, but I also love a good run on the treadmill!

    Natalie // Sprinkled with Pearls

  8. Great post. I usually do it alone, but working with someone else is usually more fun

    Made in Mauve

  9. I switch it up, but I have to be honest I usually push myself way harder in a group setting! My competitiveness kicks in what can I say lol! P.S. you would love the Coziest and Fuzziest sweater ever that we shared on the blog today!
    xo, Jennifer
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  10. I prefer to do it alone, I don't know..I just feel less pressure that way! :)


  11. I find it easiest to work out alone so I can go on my own schedule but if I have the time I love the push of group classes!

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  13. I just started working out in classes and love it! It definitely takes time to get used to, but can be really encouraging and fun when you convince friends to go with you!

    The Daily Dil-emma ||

  14. Love these tips, I personally deff love working with people.... they keep me accountable haha! Otherwise I can be a little lazy... D:

  15. Wasp dudes! Amazing stuff continues the good work.