Hi, being a qualified personal trainer as well as a sports coach for many years it is my opinion that you do not have to join a gym to increase your fitness levels.
There are many outdoor strength and conditioning classes you can join up with which will help increase your fitness levels, but you can also do it on your own without the commitment of signing up with one of these groups. If you get somebody to put the correct kind of program in place for you it is entirely plausible that you can increase your fitness level on your own. Having said this the reason people sign up to group training classes is that it makes you commit and working out with others provides motivation for many people to work harder.
In summary I believe training outdoors in whatever form, individual or group, is the best way to increase your fitness levels. Outdoor training can allow for much more variability in training and you can change venues and scenery all the time which makes workouts more enjoyable. You can also do more cross training outdoors, and including a sport where you keep your heart rate up is a great fun way to help increase your fitness level. Sport classes like the Cardio Tennis programs I run have proven to be a great way to get the heart rate up and have helped several of my clients increase their fitness levels.
Hope this answers your question.
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