Staying motivated is half the battle when it comes to working out. But exercising with other people not only keeps us motivated, but also keeps us accountable and safe. By having an instructor guide each workout, we can count on effective use of the 30 to 60 minutes we devote to a workout class—plus more confidence that each move is completed in a safe, effective way. Many gyms and studios offer dozens of classes—plus different instructors—so everyone can find a combination that works best for them. And if your schedule is jam packed, working out with friends is a great way to get in some social time that also benefits your health. Read on to learn more benefits of working out with other people, plus the basics of some of the most popular group fitness class types.