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Should You Take Online Fitness Classes?

If you're serious about getting fit, and you're toying between signing up for online classes or joining the gym, here is everything you need to know to make your decision.

What online classes are available?

People are making a living out of online classes, and among the most well-known individuals is Kayla Itsines, who has more than 20 million people who subscribe to her video workouts and her recipes. But it's not just individuals, there are also websites like Ballet Beautiful, created by professional ballerina Mary Helen Bowers, that is filled with online classes and videos to help with stretching and toning. And the BeFit YouTube Channel, which offers custom workouts tailored to your needs—of course, there are hundreds of other classes available, too.

What are the pros?

There wouldn't be so many online options if it wasn't working for people, so there are obviously benefits to joining an online class. These include being able to workout in the comfort of your own home, as well as taking advantage of a much more flexible schedule.

Not to mention the financial incentive of using online fitness classes, because they are significantly cheaper than hiring a personal trainer, and some are even free, which is a bonus for those who are strapped for cash, but still want to take control of their health.

There have to be some cons.

But what about the drawbacks? Well, you have to be really, really motivated with your workouts because there is no one to push you to do them. There is also no one there, cheering you on and changing the program when you start to hit a plateau or just get bored.

Another con is that there is no one available to correct your techniques—and we all know that it's near impossible that you're getting everything right—and this is what makes going to classes in your gym, with someone constantly able to monitor you, so much more beneficial.

The conclusion.

Should you join the gym, or benefit from an online class? I say, why not a bit of both?! It's great to be able to do online classes that can be tailored to your interests, and they are a fantastic alternative to when you can't make it to the gym or you're out of town. But if you want someone to constantly motivate you and monitor your progress, nothing beats an instructor at an online class onsite, or a personal trainer.

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