Listening to music while working out is SUCH a treat these days. Let’s just say armbands, headphones and Spotify are no bueno while working out with the Ranger Challenge team.
Needless to say, it’s been months since I created a new playlist for the gym. The one below is a mash-up of my current favorite songs.
P.S. Follow me (Brianna Kolota) on Spotify if you like what you’re hearing. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday. 🙂
I’m not going to lie and say working out without music is easy. Learning how to run four miles with only my own thoughts was difficult at first. . . especially when I was thinking about how much I dislike running. HA!
But you know what? I’ve learned that I don’t need music. I have my teammates, their words of encouragement and the inner motivation to push through the last mile, the last rep, etc.
If you’re a regular reader, you know I’m a longtime fan of group fitness, and Ranger Challenge is no exception. The workouts are never easy, but my teammates and I bond in our pain and constant endeavor to become faster, stronger and smarter.
The good news is that you don’t have to be in the Army to reap the benefits of group fitness. Check out a class at your local gym. Find a CrossFit box or boot camp club. Find or start a running club. Join a local club sport or intramural league.
The key is to find a group of people who are in similar shape or slightly better shape than you, whatever that may be. They’ll push you to improve, and you’ll probably make friends in the process. You might even build teamwork skills that are transferable to other parts of your life (i.e. your job).
Sounds like a win-win situation to me. What do you think?
Note: If you need help finding fitness clubs or group workouts, check out apps like peerFit and SweatGuru. They’ll help you “try before you buy.” You’ll pay for individual classes or a pass to try a bunch of different classes before deciding to commit to one single gym. You can also check the group fitness schedule at your local gym. Most gyms will let you try the first class for free.
- Are you a fan of group fitness? If so, why?
- If you’re a fan of group fitness, what’s your favorite class? (I’m always looking to try new formats!)
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