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Personal training versus group exercise – what is best?

September, 2019

Finding the right workout environment can be a bit of a challenge.

In fact, in most cases it is very much a trial and error experience.

Some people work better on their own and others prefer a more sociable environment when they’re lifting weights or jogging around the local park.

You’ve landed here because you’re interested in whether having a dedicated PT or participating in group exercise is best. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each.

Advantages of personal training

There are many benefits to having a personal trainer and for a lot of people this works much better for them.

These one-on-one sessions are often the motivator that many individuals require to start taking fitness seriously and work towards reaching their goals.

By using a personal trainer you get a private session with someone who is experienced in helping people boost their fitness. You’ll also benefit from having a customised workout plan based on your needs as well as your workout being tracked and someone to help you continue on especially on those days when you don’t have the motivation.

Advantages of group exercise

Group exercise and signing up to classes at the gym is obviously a bit different.

Instead of having a one-on-one session you’ll be training with other people in a group. For many this is preferable because they’re more likely to push themselves around others. Group exercise can also be a bit lighter hearted with a big element of team spirit thrown in as well.

If you’re someone who works better with other people rather than on your own then group exercise is probably a better fit for you.

What about the pitfalls?

Like everything, the two environments have their drawbacks.

Personal training can be pricey for a lot of people. When it comes to the cost of having a personal trainer you might be surprised that it isn’t as expensive as you think but it can still be out of the price range for many individuals.

Group exercise isn’t without its pitfalls either.

While it offers a more social environment for many people, the bigger the class often the less some people will push themselves. As many classes at the gym tend to be popular depending on the times, people can often feel like just making up the numbers as opposed to having any real interaction with the instructor.

What type of exercise works best?

So, if you are still deciding whether having a personal trainer or joining an exercise group or class at the gym, they’re a couple of final thoughts I want to end on.

Personal training works for many people. Even ignoring the fact that group exercise will be cheaper, if you have an injury or need dedicated direction to reach your goals then a PT will be invaluable.

Many people do prefer working out in a group. The ‘we’re all in this together’ mentality is a big motivator for some and it won’t cost as much either.

There are pros and cons to both systems. Much of it depends on your circumstances as well as your own personality and how you prefer to work out.

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