Group Exercise vs Personal Training

Exercise Ladder In life we do many things in groups.  We went to school in classrooms, joined athletic teams or the chess club.  We go into think tank and typically work in group settings. It's rare that we should be extracted and worked individually.  There are times for that, but more often than not, most people enjoy a group setting.  There's camaraderie, motivation, and accountability.  There's the energy of working with other people in the same room that inspires people to push a little bit harder and not hold back, and to do everything that's asked of them.  The group is a great way of bringing out more than a person thinks they're capable of.

1:1 Personal Training

Ideally for personal training I have people meet me individually to improve their performance when I can't do it in a group setting.  If they have some situation or specific circumstances or limitations that are preventing them from performing all the exercises that I ask in a group setting, I can take them into an individual setting and start working on those weaknesses and limitations.  That is ideally when I would want to have people train individually 1:1.

However, there are other people that just don't want to work out in a group – it's just that simple.  Whether it's intimidation or the energy or they just want more personalized attention, then that's where the 1:1 personal training comes in.

Advantages of Group Exercise vs 1:1 Personal Training

the other benefits are the camaraderie, the friendships they gain, or the commiserating of the intensity of the workouts to one another.  Human nature is such that we do things in a group, we are not isolationists for the most part.  We look to be around others and there's many groups that have been doing this for decades now – helping like minded individuals address the same concerns in their lives whether it be a 12-step program or a Group Exercise Class where people are trying to get in better shape, to stay active, to lose a few pounds and to just be happy with themselves and happy with their lives.  If you get people of the same ilk working together, it's a very powerful experience.  It is one of the benefits of working out in a group.

Psychology of Groups

The Endurance & Fitness classes also primarily use the lactic energy system. This form of energy could be considered like gasoline. It gives us a little bit more mileage than jet fuel and can pack a punch but not as explosive as jet fuel. The muscles and liver (where glycogen is also stored) have a certain amount of energy, about 2 to 3 minutes’ worth, that we can take from our tanks before running on empty. The Endurance & Fitness class tries to get the most mileage out of those gas tanks. The goal is to increase your tolerance to the lactic build up or your lactic threshold. The typical endurance class will be made up of several circuit stations with little rest between sets.

Another way in which we have created differences in the class is in terms of movement ability. The three main classes of Power & Speed, Foundational Strength, and Endurance & Fitness are geared toward people that have very few restrictions that do not have many limitations and who do not need a lot of modification to these exercises. There are those people who want to exercise but have restrictions. We designed a couple of classes with that in mind: the Bridge class and the Cogs class.

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