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Small Group Personal Training: The Bane of Un-motivation

You have made the decision: you want to get in better shape. Perhaps you are fed up with the way you look in (or out of) your clothes, or how lousy in general you feel, or any number of things related to these. With this goal of personal transformation squarely in mind, you make a trip to a gym or fitness center, only to be overwhelmed and a little intimidated by the sight of all the equipment, mirrors and strange people. You think maybe such a public setting is not a good idea after all, so you check out the cost of personal training, only to find that it unfortunately does not suit your budget at this time. Your enthusiasm for the notion of better health begins to wane, and then you think of another option: small group personal training.

What is it?
Small group personal training allows you to reap the benefits of personalized training at a lower price, often by splitting the cost among the group’s participants. The groups are kept small (usually between five to ten people), which gives the double bonus of individualized attention from the trainer and consistent workout partners.

What are the benefits?
The benefits of small group personal training are many. As mentioned, you will receive all the advantages of working with a personal trainer. The group is put together with each individual’s fitness goals in mind, so you will be training alongside people whose goals are either the same as or very similar to yours, with routines tailored towards your personal needs. In such a group, you will not only have the support and encouragement of others’, but also the feeling of real accomplishment and camaraderie when you tackle your mutual milestones together. You will not only be motivated by others, but you will also motivate others in turn to succeed.

This small group personal training setting also gives the structure of accountability: it is harder to skip out on sessions if you are aware that others will notice your absence. A study done by IDEA Health & Fitness Association showed that more people were likely to stay on track with a group training program as opposed to those who exercised by themselves. This is not to say that you cannot succeed on your own, but it is easier for a single trainee to make excuses, slack on nutrition and blow off workouts if there is no one about to reinforce responsibility for their actions (or inactions, as it were).

In a larger group, you may feel lost, unnoticed or uncared for, with your specific needs ignored and age or injuries unaddressed. With small group personal training, the trainer’s personal attention will ensure none of these issues are discounted. It will not be only the trainer who cares about your personal progress, but your group mates will care as well and help push you to do your best every time.

If the idea of spending one-on-one time with a trainer is too intimidating or financially out of reach, consider small group personal training as an alternative.

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