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.
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.
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.