Personal Training vs. Group Fitness Classes

There are a lot of pros and cons to both personal training and group fitness classes but which one will actually benefit your health and fitness goals more?  The truth is that neither are completely superior to the other because it all depends on what your fitness goals actually are.  

When working with a personal trainer, you get a more specialized program that fits what your goals are more specifically and can be much more beneficial for people who are on both of the extremes of fitness. The one’s that are brand new to exercising and are not already in moderate to good physical condition are not likely to succeed in a group fitness environment because of the fact that they don’t know correct form on very many exercises and might feel overwhelmed by being surrounded by people that are stronger and fitter than them.  The other group of people that will benefit much more from personal training than a group fitness class are athletes and people at elite fitness levels. Elite athletes are at a level of fitness that requires more advanced exercises at higher intensities in order to improve even more which is something that is much more suited for a personal trainer than in a group fitness class because a personal trainer is there solely to focus on your workout and your form and can make sure you are always keeping up your intensity whereas a group fitness instructor can’t watch you the whole time. 

A group fitness class is intended to reach out to the general population, not the people at the level lowest or highest levels of physical fitness.  They’re there for the people right in the middle (people of normal or average fitness levels).  Group fitness classes can be more beneficial for people that are at these middle levels of fitness than personal trainers for a couple of reasons.  For one, you can go with a friend or a group of friends.  Also, being in a big group environment surrounded by people with the exact same basic goals as yourself can be very motivating just because of the fact that you know you’re not alone.  Finally, group fitness classes can be a great way to make new friends or workout partners for the days when the group fitness class isn’t being held so that you can have someone to push you and keep you accountable to stay consistent with exercising throughout the week instead of showing up to the group fitness class only. 

In conclusion, neither is better than the other, it just depends on your current level of fitness and what your goals are.