When it comes to training, there are two kinds of people: those who prefer doing it all by themselves and those who enjoy company, thus opting for group training. Even though at first one would believe that it’s just a matter of personal preferences, there are a few things you should know about each type, before deciding which one is the best for you, if you want to get the best results.
But before getting a bit in-depth, let’s actually try defining these two concepts.
Private training is basically aimed at just on one individual, focusing on his or her life, health and overall fitness goals. A coach is working – one-on-one – with an individual, following a personalized training program, based on the client’s needs.
On the other side, group fitness can be defined as a type of exercising performed by a group of up to 45 people, led by an instructor. Since it’s a training model designed for the masses, it’s not specified for each athlete’s weaknesses, strengths, pre-disposition to injuries or even former injuries.
Both training methods have been around for some time, but it appears that group fitness managed to get insanely popular lately, as more and more people prefer working alongside many partners. Think about Zumba classes and you have the best example.
Still, for an individual, which one of these two types of fitness classes is the best?
The answer is – and it’s one that nobody likes: it depends. It depends on how much you want to train and how quick you want to see some results. Also, your overall level of motivation can also be decisive in choosing private training versus group training. But let’s take each of them separately…
If you’re a beginner, there’s no doubt that this is the best choice. A personal trainer will quickly observe your fitness level and generate a workout tailored to your needs. You will also receive full attention, as the trainer makes sure that you execute all moves correctly, in order to get the best results.
Generally speaking, private training is great for those who want to see results fast and have one main purpose: to look their best as quick as possible.
The main disadvantage of this type of fitness classes is that nobody will ever watch you closely and see if you’re doing all the moves correctly. Sure, there are cases in which a coach takes a look at all the attendees from time to time, but you just don’t get the same assistance as during private training.
Another disadvantage is that there can be situations when it’s just very hard to keep up with the rest of the group, thus promoting a sense of defeat in one’s personal fitness journey. On the other side, some members of the group, willing to keep up, will automatically push too hard, no matter the cost. And even though they will feel good after observing that they can maintain an increased rhythm, they will surely feel tired after the class ends.
Also, let’s not forget about the difficulty in scaling the movements and weights prescribed in group training, which can also be frustrating.
Considering all these minuses, it’s obvious that group training can be challenging for a beginner, but if you’re up for a challenge, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try it!
No matter which type of training you prefer, private or in a group, you are always welcome at Fitness 360 Florida, a full-service health club where you can find various classes, as well as all the equipment you need to get the body you always wanted.