Last summer I started going to the fitness classes that my gym offered (my favorite is Zumba!) I was amazed at what a great workout I got, and how much fun exercising could be. Whenever I left a fitness class, I felt that I had gotten a much better workout with the group than I would have alone. This is because of the concept from Social Psychology called Social Facilitation, or the enhancement of performance brought about by the presence of others. When we do something in a group, like working out, we are pushed to go faster or work harder, and to exercise longer. In the textbook, it talks about how bicycle racers got faster speeds when they were racing with other bicyclists, rather than racing by themselves. When we're with other people, we don't want to look weak, so we push ourselves more. I'm looking forward to returning home this summer and going to my favorite fitness classes again. Working out by myself in the rec center just isn't cutting it!