Together in Fitness

Princess Labrador | May 2012

Most people join a fitness club because they want to lose weight, get in shape and improve their health—they have a specific desired outcome they’d like to see from their exercise program. They also understand the benefits of having professional instruction, structure and accountability in their fitness program. And although one-on-one and partner training programs are very effective and can also produce a good return on investment, unfortunately the cost factor can be limiting for many individuals.

One of the hottest trends in the fitness industry right now is small-group personal training, which offers a unique opportunity to explore a new dimension of fitness by merging group fitness with personal training. It also offers classes that focus on a specialized format, individual progression and skill development.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get in shape or achieve some other goal, one of the keys to any exercise plan is consistency. However, the challenges of exercising can be daunting for many people—and it’s common for some to give up after only a short period of time. Fortunately, a small group under the supervision of a personal trainer can help you to track your progress, maintain your motivation and have a lot more fun as you train than you would if you exercised by yourself. Your group could be made up of friends, colleagues or even just people with similar training goals or interests.

Keep motivated

Most people find that it’s much easier to stay motivated if you do it with other people—not just by yourself. If you’re interested in getting in better shape, find a group of three to five other friends who are interested in achieving similar goals; all you need to do is to establish a set of group policies that can help you to stay on track.

Peer support

When you’ve entered a difficult stage of your fitness program, having people alongside you to encourage you can often be the difference between a successful exercise plan and one that fizzles out over time—share your challenges and successes with your fellow group members and be supportive of their efforts as well.

Fun times

Everyone agrees that exercising alone can become boring—and when your routine becomes tedious, you’re that much more likely to give up. To keep yourself going, make use of your fellow group members. Research shows that people involved in group programs are more likely to stick with them—and when you stick with a well-constructed program, you will get results. Small-group personal training may be the missing link to helping you reach your fitness goals—why not give it a try?