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So it’s already the end of March 2020 and I bet you’re not the “new you” that you thought you would be by now, right? You know that there are so many reasons why you can’t work out, but remember why this resolution was made in the first place and why you absolutely can! Whether you are the CEO of a large company or a housewife, personal training has been revolutionized and made readily available to all. If you are focused on a healthy and active lifestyle, small group personal training may be for you. When most people think of personal training, they think of an expensive endeavor that involves someone micromanaging their sit-ups. While this may have been the ways of the past, personal training has taken on an entirely new meaning. While still focused on individual success, personal training has become an exciting and arguably enjoyable group activity. Many gyms offer training to like-minded groups of people focused on improving themselves. Let’s take a look at the differences of group personal training as opposed to 1 on 1 training.

Small group personal training vs. 1 on 1 personal training

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to training in a group setting as opposed to training 1 on 1 with a personal trainer. The most important benefits of group personal training for many people is the motivation and camaraderie that sharing common training goals bring. One of the biggest reasons that people choose to work out in a group versus working out 1 on 1 is the simple motivation that having an inspirational group of people can bring. 

Another benefit of group training is accountability

Being accountable to someone other than yourself who is counting on you to do the right thing consistently is a powerful motivator. This accountability can work in two ways. 1) People will notice if you physically do not attend personal training sessions and you will have to answer for that. 2) Let’s say that you do attend physically, but are mentally absent. Your group, who also cares about your success, will motivate you to do your best. 

The last but certainly not least benefit is proper form

Proper form has two aspects to it; safety and effectiveness. Training injuries are very common. These happen almost exclusively when someone is working out alone and not performing an exercise correctly. Open gyms are great for staying healthy, but executing proper form when you are working out alone can be tough and dangerous. When proper form is maintained during workouts, they are more effective and physical results are seen. Motivation/camaraderie, accountability, and proper form are all very important benefits of group training. However, let’s not forget to take our time and have fun!

Written By: Karly Bailey