Small Group Personal Training
We are exactly 3 weeks into 2012 and you may be in need of a workout makeover. Either your routine is getting old because your fitness level is improving, or you’re simply in need of a new fitness environment. If you paid for a personal trainer to kick start that New Year’s Resolution, you may be pondering an alternative. If you’re conflicted about your gym and group classes and in need of a boost, you can get the best of both worlds through small group personal training.
Pick Your Team
Some of us need some assurance when it comes to working out. Unlike those who play pickup basketball, we need to know who we’re playing with, how long we’ll play, and what rules to play by. When you think of a group class you may wonder what the instructor’s like and if there will be too many people in the class, and more importantly, if the workout itself is too easy or too hard. With small group personal training, you pick who you want to workout with and as a collective team you guide the course of your workout experience more than you would in a gym group class setting.
Being a part of a familiar group of exercise enthusiasts means you can opt for exercise excursions. Even if your personal trainer won’t change your meeting location, the group you are a part of may be mobile enough to carpool and get some exercise in between personal training sessions. Because you generally know each other’s fitness levels, you may feel comfortable enough to try out new ways of working out, or even meet up to do more leisurely physical activity like taking a walk in the park or biking around town. Play is an integral part of staying physically active, and you may discover new ways to play in a small group setting.
While a personal trainer can give you one-on-one attention, the sense of community you get in a small group may be the best combination of motivation and instruction. When you’re doing a weigh-in with a trainer, sure you feel that sense of accountability, but when that same measure of anticipation is felt by a fellow group member, you may find you push a little harder to reach your goals. In the way of instruction, sharing the continually changing routines of a personal trainer can also help you prevent exercise burnout. When you see someone else getting stronger, running faster, and looking better, you are challenged to believe that you can do the same. In a small group, those results are shared openly, making them feel more personal.
Where to Start
Find someone you know continually uses a personal trainer. Ask them if their personal trainer allows for small group training. Gather information about cost, location, and commitment time. When you can wrap your mind around how a small group would work, look for 2-4 people with similar fitness or weight loss goals. This will help you bond better than if you’re the newbie amongst gym regulars. Also, keep the commitment time reasonable, say 2-3 months. That way you can set achievable goals and reassess the format of the small group when life changes come about. You can also judge whether the personal trainer is training the group at a progressive level. If someone needs to leave the group after the initial commitment time, you can open the group to new members. Remember as with anything, working out is not all or nothing. As you reach certain fitness milestones, you can always switch a personal training day for an outdoors activity day, or add a gym class to your regular small group sessions.
How could you benefit from a small group personal training session?