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One-on-one Personal Training Vs Group Training: Pros and Cons

Hey guys,

This week I will be comparing and contrasting one-on-one training versus group training. Both methods have their own pros and cons, so I think it is a good idea to highlight some of the key differences between the two. I also would like to let it be known that I am a large proponent of both exercise methods, and currently teach many clients in both one-on-one and group settings. I recommend trying group training to most of my one-on-one clients, and one-on-one training to many of my grouped clients because the two can work very well in the same program. Different methods often work better to achieve certain fitness goals, which is something I will elaborate on shortly!

First off, let’s start with some of the benefits of group training!

When it comes to engaging in an exercise plan, showing up is half the battle. For many people, it is easier to find extra motivation in a group setting. Some take enjoyment in showing off to their peers, while others genuinely enjoy company and find inspiration in others’ actions. In either case, this extra burst of energy that can be obtained from working out with a group can sometimes lead to a better workout. Another notable benefit of group training is the fact that it is typically cheaper than other types of training. I won’t go into extreme detail on this, due to the fact that group training and one-on-one training both vary quite a bit when it comes to pricing. However, the bottom line is that on average it is cheaper to work out with a group.

One-on-one training offers many unique benefits that aren't found in the group setting. Without a doubt, the biggest benefit is the fact that each and every workout that you do in a one-on-one setting with a skilled trainer will bring you closer to a desired fitness goals. When in a group setting, the workouts are more generic in order to fit many different people’s needs. However, in a one-on-one session, it’s all about you and your goals. A good trainer will record every rep, every weight, and every other important detail about every exercise you do. This in an effort to gradually bring you to your goals, and to eventually push you past them. Some of this simply cannot be done in a medium to large group exercise setting.

Also, if you have injuries or conditions that limit you when it comes to exercise, it is a lot easier to work around these issues and correct them when working one-on-one. While on the subject of injuries, it should be mentioned that many are more easily preventable in a one-on-one setting. However, this is unlikely to be an issue in group or one-on-one training if the instructor is skilled enough in their presentation and spotting. Another benefit of one-on-one training is the flexibility that it offers. Time is the biggest barrier that prevents people from exercising or sticking to a plan once it has started. One-on-one training allows you to work out around your schedule, instead of planning your schedule around your workout. Most trainers have very flexible schedules due to the fact that we understand that we will be working around yours.

So there you have it - some of the key differences between one-on-one and group training! Hopefully you have learned something new, and if you have never tried one-on-one or group training before, now is always a good time to start! Your first, no commitment session is always free at Commence Fitness!

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