Group Training vs 1-2-1
I was recently asked if I had any classes running, for people to join in, rather than only 1-2-1 sessions.
I don’t currently run any classes, Pilates or otherwise, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t love them. (If only there were more hours in the day)!
There is definitely so much value in doing group classes – my own love of exercise has stemmed from the karate classes that I have attended for the last 20 years.
Group training / classes are generally more affordable, therefore more available to people. The comradery that you get from being part of a group, all working hard, is so hard to achieve in any other setting. Group settings can often offer a lot of variety – there are so many classes to choose from! – which can be a lot of fun.
I feel that my personal skill set means that I really enjoy teaching 1-2-1 or small groups of people with common goals (e.g. couples or friends).
Personal Training is generally more client focused, meaning that the programme is tapered to the individual needs of the client(s). The client is also accountable to the trainer, which is beneficial to so many people who otherwise struggle to stick to an exercise regime. It can also really benefit a new exerciser, or someone with a lower confidence level, as correct form can be focused on and feelings of doubt and embarrassment can be kept at bay. I also love the sense of progression – rather than doing a different exercise each week, you can work on a similar set of exercises and see yourself getting better.
The most important thing is that we all take a form of exercise that we like and enjoy, as this is the only real way that we will ever really stick to what we do. It’s so important for keeping our minds and bodies healthy. Generally speaking, adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week plus some strength training on two days a week, so try to think about those goals when scheduling in your upcoming workouts!