Livekick Team | Jan. 25, 2018

Deciding between group fitness and a private trainer is not an easy choice. Both are excellent options and the beauty of fitness is that there is no right way to do it; there is a way for everyone to be active and happy. Let’s walk through some pros and cons of both options you might find useful:
Group Fitness advantages:

  1. Save money
    • Even with super expensive boutique studios, it’s typically cheaper to exercise in a group than with one on one training.
  2. A fun way to get sweaty
    • Classes that include feel-good music and interaction with other members, like Zumba or aerobics, are known to be the most enjoyable ways to get active and fit. Making new friends is a nice bonus to cardio and 6-pack abs!

Group Fitness disadvantages:

  1. Larger groups = lower outcomes
    • Exercising in larger groups can have a diminishing value if it feels impersonal as in watching pre-recorded content on Youtube or a fitness app. Both coaches and trainees can find it more challenging to concentrate in a crowded atmosphere. To combat this, opt for classes with no more than 10-15 members.
  2. Shy newbie?
    • Newcomers may feel demoralized by the gap between more experienced members and themselves. If they start to doubt themselves in the gym, it’s likely they will quit working out or will workout so hard to impress others that they push themselves to injury. 

Personal Training advantages:

  1. Health issues or special conditions?
    • A personal trainer, by definition, customizes a personalized exercise plan based on the needs and goals of the training individual, as well as monitors the workout and adjusts the plan as the individual progresses. With the mentor's full attention, you are sure to feel both safe as well as receive more thorough and timely feedback.
  2. No workout experience
    • Ask your trainer anything. Grabbing five minutes of solo time with a group fitness instructor after class can be quite challenging. Personal training, on the other hand, is all about communication. Follow-up conversations, detailed exercise explanations and thorough feedback are all built into your training program in the same way warm-ups and stretching are. 

Personal Training disadvantages:

  1. Personal training fees
    • Of course, personalized attention costs more. Crafting personalized recommendations on health lifestyle and diet changes corresponding to your activity levels takes time and therefore needs to be compensated accordingly.
  2. Too much of a good thing
    • As time goes on, you may find you don’t need to be constantly monitored and guided at each step. If you feel confident about exercising alone, ask your coach for exercise routines to do on your own. It’s a good idea to continue meeting semi-regularly to keep your goals and progress in check but challenging yourself to workout on your own is an important part of habit building as well. (Livekick’s combination of 1:1 and solo sessions nails this!).

Just like any other aspect of your lifestyle, your fitness regimen depends on your personality and resources. No one individual can tell another if group classes or individual training is a better fit. The only way to know is to try!

Try personal training with a Livekick trainer today and decide for yourself.