When you think of group exercise, you usually think of cardio classes. At the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA, we have over 100 group exercise classes and over 40 instructors. From HIIT to Spin to Water to Zumba there is a cardio focused class for everyone.
When you participate in a cardio class you will increase your heart rate and strengthen your heart. To keep your muscles in shape you need to keep them moving. The stronger the cardiovascular system the more oxygen gets to the muscles. This allows you to burn more fat during both exercise and recovery.
Benefits to cardio exercise
- Reduces Stress and depression
- Increase bone density
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
- Improves sleep
- Increases energy and stamina
- Maintain muscle strength
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
Beat the cardio machine boredom and engage in a positive group environment to change up your routine. Upbeat music and motivating instructors help increase the intensity and duration of your cardio workout. Regularly attending class also promotes accountability and creates new friendships which promotes more consistently in our workout goals.
If you are unsure about attending a group fitness class, one of our Fitness Coaches can come with you to class and introduce you to the instructor.