The first question I ask new athletes when I meet them whether they are more comfortable in a group setting or one on one. Although ultimately, I am going to prescribe what I think is best for them, getting to know their comfort level immediately will jump start the process of getting them amazing results.
The reality is, some people thrive in classes and others in a group environment. Some do great with a little bit of both. It all depends on you, your personality, and your goals.
Personal Training is great for:
- Anyone new to working out or have had a long hiatus.
- Those with specific health or injury needs.
- People with time constraints who can’t make typical class times.
- Individuals who only can workout 1-2 times a week.
- Type A personalities that need a set time, set coach, and the more scheduling the better.
The biggest benefit: accountability, personalization of your workouts to your specific needs, goals, and scheduling.
Group Classes are great for:
- Individuals who are comfortable with the movements used in class.
- Competitive people who like the challenge of pushing themselves.
- Those who like the flexibility of attending an array of class times.
- People who like to use their workout to socialize and sweat with friends.
The biggest benefit: flexibility, atmosphere that is fun, energetic, and challenges you to push yourself.
A combination of both are great for:
- New members that want to jump start their progress with the individualization of Personal Training and challenge of a group class.
- Athletes looking to improve their skills on a particular movement, lift, or modality.
- Those that enjoy group classes but need extra accountability.
The biggest benefit: improving your weaknesses that don’t get hit often enough in class.
There is no right answer to which of the above is best, it’s about what is best for you. Try PT, try group classes, try a little bit of both, and see which is going to be best for you to get the results you desire!