I get it. You know...where the old perception of group training came from. The idea that it's a class for stay at home moms, full of Pilates and endless cardio. That idea, yeah, I am here to let you know that it's outdated and dead. With the new modifications to the group training ideology came better results, a broader clientele reach (more people benefit), and a better financial option. Maybe you have looked into group training confused, are looking for a cheaper personal training option, or are just looking for generalized health improvements, this article is for you! In this article I will be discussing the benefits of group training and who would benefit most from this style of personal training.
Those still hesitant with personal training tend to be hesitant due to wondering if the benefits outweigh the cost of a trainer. Without experience with a personal trainer, it's difficult to be aware of the knowledge and guidance personal trainers can provide. A perfect start when trying to find the most cost friendly route for yourself is group training, as group training cost less than 1-on-1 personal training. Group training allows the trainer to provide you guidance, display their knowledge, and help you reach you goals. Sounds so amazing, why would group training not just replace 1-on-1 sessions? Let's take it a step further and discuss the generalize purpose of group training.
Generalize Before You Specialize
So, why wouldn't group training replace 1-on-1 personal training if it gives you the guidance, budget friendly option, and work out that you need? Because group training is generalized. It is for the masses, and with the masses comes less specialization. This means for the majority of people who have common goals such as "I want to lose weight" or "I want to be in better shape", group training is absolutely perfect! What happens when you have someone that wants to "get rid of bra fat", increase their deadlift, or train for a specific competition? This person doesn't need just generalized training (though they can benefit). They need specifics to tackle the task of improving what they specifically need/want improvement on. This is done in a 1-on-1 setting, where the trainer can specialize their training for the client. If you have no specific goals yet, then sticking to group training to improve a wide scope of attributes would be best until you find a reason to specialize.
Not All Classes Are The Same
People seem to get this perception that group training is about light weights, short rest times, and endless cardio. This could be further from the truth. Just like people's needs/wants are different, so are group training sessions. Some are designed for muscle mass (hypertrophy) and strength, some for fat burning, and some are for beginners to learn movements. Not all group training sessions are the same. If interested in group training, make sure to ask your gym or fitness instructor what types of sessions they provide. This way you can make sure to find the right group training sessions for you.
Group training has been played off as the second option, made for those who either cannot afford group training or those who do not take their progress as seriously. For a majority of individuals with generalized goals, group training is perfect. Group training itself is diverse and gyms provides different classes with a different focus per class. Group training is perfect for those looking to get into personal training or even for those who want to find a budget friendly way to get the guidance they need. Don't let stigmas distract you from a valuable option for your fitness journey guidance. Group training may just be what you need.