Personal Training Vs Group Classes

Which One is Right for You?

Despite the popularity of group fitness, one-on-one personal training provides superior results and techniques for the large majority of exercisers. Let’s compare the differences and why you may want to opt for individual training over group classes.

Supervision and Safety

A fitness instructor’s role is not just to deliver fun workouts. An instructor’s primary role is to keep students safe, in good form and proper alignment regardless of the exercise method.

  • In any group class, an instructors’ attention is necessarily divided among the number of participants. This subjects students with reduced supervision, minimal safety and questionable form and alignment.
  • By contrast, a personal training session ensures that you have one hundred percent of your teacher’s attention. As a result, it will be safer and better controlled for proper anatomical form and alignment.
Group classes come in at a fraction of the cost. However, the amount of injuries that happen in group class workouts is staggering.  Beyond the obvious cost of an injury, the setback to your fitness goals is considerable.

Consider the cost of rehabbing from a torn muscle, a dislocation or a herniated disc. The downtime, loss of productivity and cost of health care alone should be enough to convince you that it’s worth it to invest in one-on-one training.

Motivation and Goals

Group workouts are defined by mantras, music and enthusiastic cheerleading. All in all, it’s a terrific formula to keep you coming back for more. Unfortunately, just showing up isn’t always enough. The substance and content of the workout will determine your actual results regardless of strobe lights and entertainment value.

In personal training, you are motivated through each and every move by a trainer who is intimately familiar with your weaknesses, strengths, and needs. Results both small and big are tracked and acknowledged consistently, providing the powerful motivator of positive reinforcement. regardless of strobe lights and entertainment value. 

Custom Results

Group workouts are built upon very general fitness principles and one-size-fits-all programming. Boutique gyms formulate their workouts for the “normal healthy” body. There is no comprehensive assessment of your ability or limitations when you walk into a group class.

Regardless of the modifications offered in group training, without an actual intake process such as an interview and assessment, the exercises cannot be sufficiently adjusted to your custom needs. Private training does just the opposite.
Beginning with a proper evaluation, your workouts are built specifically to address your goals. And not just for your body type, but in consideration of your health history and your baseline level of fitness.
Although many of us consider ourselves normal and healthy, there is no real baseline for where workout intensities or structure should begin for a given individual in a group class setting.
Every person who exercises brings their own story. Your family history of disease and medications, your personal history of diet and exercise and your individual metabolism and motivation style all play into your story. Add to that list your own physical body type. 
Beyond all these factors is your wish list. What are you looking for from your workouts? Your personal goals are a driving factor in your workouts with your trainer. Within the sphere of personal training, your established goals are a constant point of reference in your sessions and will steer your instructor to customize your plan.
In a group class, you’re pretty much on your own with your goals and wish list. 

 

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