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Published on February 17, 2020

AR-FIT class

Discover Your Inner Athlete

Have you ever watched a group workout class from across the gym and thought to yourself, “I could never do that kind of workout”? If so, you’re not alone. Many people feel intimidated by group workouts, especially when the participants are jumping on boxes, flipping tires and swinging sledgehammers.

However, if you’re willing to give it a try, you might be surprised to discover that you enjoy the challenge and benefit from the motivation that comes with having a trainer coach you and others working out alongside you.

You might also discover that you’re stronger than you think you are.

Your Workout Team

The benefits from working out as a group extend beyond the physical – such as stronger bones and muscles – to the mental.

“Working out as a group is great motivation,” says Whitnee Fester, an exercise specialist at Avera Sports in Sioux Falls, SD. “I find that everyone works harder because – whether or not they realize it – they’re pushing and challenging one another a little.”

This friendly “competition” may provide just the boost you need to overcome physical and mental hurdles when it comes to fitness.

Another benefit to group classes is that a certified trainer not only plans your workout for you, but also guides you through each move – ensuring proper form to help you avoid injuries.

“Having an understanding of your movement and form while working out is important,” adds Fester. “And when you come to a class, we’re here to make sure you get the coaching you need to learn proper form and how to use the equipment.”

If you’re new to working out or recovering from an injury, trainers can also give you modifications for each move.

“Be open with your trainer and let them know if something doesn’t feel right,” encourages Fester. “Everything can be modified in our classes. We’re here to help you get the best workout for you.”

Get Stronger with AR-FIT

Avera Sports is now the first and only location in Sioux Falls to offer AR-FIT classes designed specifically for adults by the nationally-renowned performance sports training program, Athletic Republic™.

Each 60-minute class includes a dynamic warm-up, 45 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and cool down with stretching and mobility.

HIIT can take your health to the next level in a shorter amount of time. HIIT workouts include short bursts of intense exercise followed by low-intensity recovery periods. And the best part is that they can be effective in as little as 10 to 30 minutes. In fact, studies have shown that HIIT workouts can produce health benefits similar to twice as much moderate-intensity exercise.

Each day of the week features a new, full-body workout that focuses on a specific area such as:

  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Endurance
  • Power speed
  • Strength

“There are a lot of group training classes available around town. Because of the special equipment we use, AR-FIT is a little different from a traditional gym class,” says Fester. “AR-FIT workouts are perfect for the active adult who wants to become stronger, move better and stay healthier.”

You can sign up for any of the classes via the Mindbody app or by calling 605-322-3278.

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