There are so many ways to workout your body these days-yoga, weight training, high intense interval training, plyometrics, zumba, circuit training, cross fit, running, boot camps, trx ropes, pilates and much more! How do we know what's best for us and what are the benefits of doing these workouts by yourself vs. in a group?
Group Training is described as a group of individuals lead by an instructor. Many health clubs offer some type of group training, depending on the club and it's members.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine:
"Group exercise offers a variety of benefits you might miss out on if you choose to work out on your own. Some of the benefits include exposure to a social and fun environment, a safe and effectively designed workout, a consistent exercise schedule, an accountability factor for participating in exercise, and a workout that requires no prior exercise knowledge or experience."
As a group exercise instructor and personal trainer for 5 years, I can give you some of my personal experiences with group exercise vs individual workouts. In a group, you are likely to take far fewer breaks then working out on your own, your intensity level increases with the "group energy" and you are in a great mood when you are finished because people around you are smiling and laughing and someone is constantly praising you.
I have always been a solo exerciser and had the motivation to excel that way, wanting to play college sports as a younger athlete, but most people don't have that kind of internal drive . I always associated group exercise with weak people and just wasn't interested. Once I started personal training and teaching boot camps, abs class, sports conditioning and circuits, the power and benefits of group training became very clear to me. I enjoy working out in a group, mostly because if I get tired, I have someone next to me busting their but so I keep going. Let's be honest, it is most often very entertaining to workout in a group as well. For those of us that are super busy, it is a nice time to catch up with a friend, vent or let some stress and anger out! Group training is a great way to get in shape and have fun at the same time!
These pictures are from some of my outdoor boot camps that I have been teaching for the last 4 years, and are coming up in May. As you can see, these ladies have big smiles on their faces!
Not to say that it is bad to workout on your own, but I would give group training a try at least, because if I can like it, you can like it!