How to Start a Fitness Group

By Sarah Dray

Whether you're looking to improve your overall fitness or perfect your golf swing, a regular exercise routine is essential. Working out in a group, alongside others with the same goal, can help you stay focused and keep you going when you feel tempted to quit.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Talk to your golf buddies to see if they would be interested in forming a group. Because you already know these people and have common interests, you can concentrate on doing exercises that will improve your game, such as working on flexibility and upper body strength.
Step 2
Search online sites that offer exercise partner match-ups. While these sites are usually meant to search for a single exercise buddy, there are no rules that say you can't look for several buddies and talk about forming a group. Sites such as ExerciseFriends are free to join and allow you to find people in your area who share your fitness goals and interests.
Step 3
Visit a sports store or a specialty golf shop and look at their bulletin board. People often post flyers there regarding finding a workout buddy or joining a group. If you don't see anything that fits, make your own flyer.
Step 4
Take a golf training class or attend a workshop. You can easily ask people there whether they would be interested in forming an exercise group. For more general fitness workouts, you can join a gym or attend the same aerobic class week after week. This will help you get to know the people attending, enabling you to strike up a conversation about working out together.
Step 5
Set up some basic rules. Once you have enough people for a group (three to six is best to keep it manageable), decide on how things will work, how many times a week you'll meet and whether workouts will be planned or created on the spot. Also, decide on whether certain conversation topics are off limits during workouts (religion and politics are a good example) and what the policy is regarding canceling a meeting.
Step 6
Set up common goals. If everybody in the group is a golfer, you can focus on improving upper body strength and flexibility. If people in the group are at different fitness levels, decide on how you'll handle the differences.

About The Author

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications, including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.


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