Updated: Dec 14, 2018
Let's grab a partner and dosey doe!
Have you ever heard this from a co-worker or friend of yours?, "Hey, let's all get together a few times a week to pay someone to kick our butts for an hour. Sounds good? Great!"
Wouldn't it be more fun if there were something in this deal for you?
Well there is!
I'm going to give you just a few reasons why small group training could take your fitness to the next level , give you healthier options for friend dates, and how it could even bring you and your friends closer.
First, I want you to think of how likely you are to stay committed to a routine if you had an infectious spread of positive motivators who wouldn't let you give up on yourself. Sounds ideal , right? The idea of you all sharing group class recommendations, visiting them together frequently; which is a great way to mix up your workouts, and seeing increased results from trying out new routines should have you excited already!
Strength in Numbers
There's a level of commitment when you are required to sign up for a class .No one likes to be the person to miss out on all of the fun tales of the craziest exercises the trainer made the group do that day. Also,group training can help you stay on track with a routine during the long dreadful winter months when you would otherwise opt to eat your favorite carbs at home.
Training with peers creates a more social environment and makes the time pass by even faster. More likely than not ,while training with a partner you will experience a few cheery laughs and endless smiles. Smiling also increases the level of endorphins released and promotes a more calming/relaxed state.
Those last 10 minutes of any session can always seem like a blur. But, when you decide to train with friends you will find that getting through that last set seems so much easier than if you decided to go at it alone. Even when it comes to performing the dreaded burpee- knowing that in that moment the class equally hates the instructor builds a sense of community. A serious level of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) over comes an individual and pushes them past what they would have thought were their limits. I've seen it happen so many times in class before. There may have been that one person who was not the most fit, but they always gave Olympic gold medal size effort. No one wants to miss that triumphant feeling at the end of the workout , no one likes to feel like the weakest link, and everyone loves the immense outpour of, "You've go this!", "Keep pushing!", cheers from their peers.
4. Cost Effectiveness
So, you've made it this far and you still are not sold on the idea of being around people for more than 30 minutes at a time. Even for the most introvert personality type the group training option is still one of the most cost effective options to personal training. So even if you are just not that into people, more into your personal aesthetic, you at least have to enjoy the thought of being financially savvy. This is a great way to get the best of both worlds! As a person who would want to maintain their personal space, this is still a viable option since there would be other group members for the instructor to engage with if all you require are the safety cues. You are able to control the people in your environment, for the most part, and still keep your pockets well padded. WIN! WIN! WIN!
Group personal training is quickly becoming a preferred workout type not only for these reasons, but also for the undeniable presence of internal and external competitive factors which attract all fitness enthusiast. Think about the last time you saw someone getting after it in class; you weren't going to let them experience all that pain by themselves. Most likely you were heavily motivated to try twice as hard. So instead of heading out for drinks at the end of a work week, try connecting with your friends/ co-workers over a friendly training session!