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I want to start some sort of training. is one on one personal training better than a group? I think that Id like working out in a group better as it would be less intimidating.
Thanks so much!
I really like emails such as this one since I know it’s something many of us have wondered about/considered.
Heck, I know if I ever hired a trainer again (if by ever hired you mean stumble upon a wad of cash—-which I do) Id want to do it with Renaissance Man and *not* one on one.
Before we talk about my/the reasons why—- I want to bring up one that the emailer didnt: money.
It is far less expensive to do group personal training than it is to hire a trainer for one-on-one sessions. No matter your preference if it’s GROUP or SitAtHomeOnCouch I think we’d all say to opt for the former.
Money issues aside there are pros and cons to each type of experience.
Using myself as the example, I clearly know why I would be hiring a trainer: to have someone plan my workouts for me so that I can just execute the maneuvers & hang with my Man (cue dream sequence).
Before you can decide what type of training environment is best for you it’s a good idea to clarify for yourself why youre hiring a trainer.
Are you entirely new to the gym setting & wish to have someone familiarize you with all the equipment and set you up on a workout routine? Perhaps a few one on one sessions might be in order before you joining a group.
Do you have a sport-specific goal toward which you are working? Again, one on one sessions might work best unless you can find a group/create a group with similar goals (all runners, all cyclists etc.)
Do you feel uncomfortable working out in front of others? asking questions in front of a group? While you might spend a bit more for one on one sessions you will also gain more than you might staying silent in a group setting.
Other types of exercisers, however, thrive more in a group than they might on their own.
Do you find that competitive camaraderie motivates you to push yourself beyond your perceived limitations (in a good way.)? Small group personal training might be a good choice for you & give you better results than would one on one training.
Are you the type of person who is energized by being around others? You might far more enjoy group training and it may—-as I know it did for many of my clients—make the session time simply fly by. My more social clients really loved the group sessions.
Are you goal-oriented with regards to your fitness but also in the place of just happy to be here? You might be cut out for group sessions as you wouldn’t mind if, at times, the exercises aren’t ones you particularly wish to focus upon. Group training can take a bit of patience at times when the trainer is working to meet someone else’s needs.
As you can see
by my ramble it is a highly personal decision and one which also depends on the skill of the trainer.
When I owned my training studio I did very little group training.
My skillz? So not in the arena of keeping numerous people focused and *moving* through a workout routine.
I like to think this self awareness was a gift to my clients as I handed over 99% of the group sessions to my trainers.
(Im accidentally making myself sound like Jackie Warner up in herre. Alas, mine was no Sky Sport Spa.)
It’s also important that the groups are structured by fitness levels and not merely by convenient openings in people’s schedules. Be sure to inquire about this before making your decision.
In summation (can you tell Renaissance Man is a lawyer?): only you can decide.
Hopefully Ive given you a few tools with which to make that decision and Im *confident* the Bumbling Band can help you out as well.
Any experiences on either side of the personal training fence? Likes? Dislikes? Help a fellow MizFit out in the comments.