What Is Group Personal Training?
Group personal training has become somewhat of a buzzword in recent years as small exercise studios are in and more and more of the big box gyms are out. People nowadays want personalized workouts and individual attention without paying the hefty price of one-on-one training. People are more interested in achieving results in the most efficient manner possible, minimizing any wasted time or effort, getting the guidance, education and motivation needed to achieve success. Enter the latest fitness craze – Group Personal Training.
It used to be that doing fitness meant one of three things:
- You were a lone wolf gym rat.
- You did group exercises classes (jazzercise, zumba, aerobics, etc.).
- You hired a personal trainer to whip your butt into shape.
Wikipedia defines a personal trainer as “a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction.” But in use, the term has become synonymous with one-on-one training, even though customized exercise prescription and instruction is certainly not limited to a one-on-one construct. In recent years, we in fitness have discovered that you can work in a small group and still receive that personal attention and individualized workout.
While it may be the latest fitness trend, group personal training isn’t going anywhere. Why? Because it works and it’s cost effective, especially when compared with its high priced cousin, personal (or private) training.
How Is Group Personal Training Different From an Exercise Class?
An exercise class is a formatted class that the entire group follows.Zumba, step aerobics, Jazzercise and BodyPump are examples of a group exercise classes. You show up and perform the motions that are being demonstrated or cued. A group exercise class is basically choreographed in that the entire group more or less is doing the same thing. In a group exercise setting, the teacher instructs, and the students follow.
Conversely, group personal training is different because of that operative word, personal. Group personal trainers do many things differently than an exercise instructor, the most important – they coach. In a group personal training setting, participants are often doing different things at their own customized level of fitness or ability. Customization and personalization for skill level, fitness level, experience, limitations (current or pre-existing injury) and goals are all accounted for during each training session. Individual attention and coaching is performed during every session. A Group Training session is just that – training and coaching in a group.
While a group exercise class looks much like a choreographed dance, a group personal training class looks like a group of people doing different exercises together at their own rate of speed, intensity, and ability. Group exercise classes are typically larger and limited only by space available, while group personal training sessions are smaller (4-7 people) in scale. This allows for a Personal Trainer to spend ample time with each individual to provide guidance, direction, correction and discuss success factors outside of the club like stress, food and hydration.
The Advantages to Group Personal Training
The obvious advantage of group personal training as compared to one-on-one training is cost. The advantages of Group Personal Training over Group Exercise Classes is that unlike Group Exercise Classes, Group Personal Training Sessions are designed and executed by experts in coaching, training and communication. They are results driven sessions focused on keeping you safe while working hard.
You will find yourself learning new movements, exercise and using new tools like Kettlebells, TRX Suspension Trainers, Dumbbells and a host of other tools as a part of your workouts. Group Personal Training focuses on camaraderie, varied intensity and utilizing the proper tools to insure progress.
In addition to cost savings, with group personal training you get the added benefit of motivation from both your peers and the instructor. There is more energy in a group setting and even a little bit of good, old-fashioned competition. It’s just human nature that if the person next to you is giving an all out effort, you are more likely to do the same.
In a one-on-one session, if you don’t feel like working hard, you don’t. I consider myself a pretty decent motivator, but I have had plenty of one-on-one clients who didn’t feel like putting forth effort, so they didn’t. Pulling out every trick in the book, even the best trainer can’t motivate an unmotivated person. In a group though, people tend to give their best.
The Bottom Line on Group Personal Training
If you are looking for an intense and appropriate workout, getting motivated into shape, or simply to drop some body fat, then join the Group Personal Training and Coaching Program. You don’t need your own individual personal trainer to get a great workout. Group personal training is a great option at a fraction of the cost of one-to-one personal training.
However, if you are looking for specific skill-based improvement (sports, competitive endeavors) improved movement functionality, or improved posture and alignment, then spend the money on a Private Trainer. In the end, there isn’t a replacement for that private coaching, but having it will cost you.
Whichever route you choose, know that the Coaches at Innovation Fitness Solutions can aid you in achieving your goals.