Personal Training or Group Classes?
Hmmm. This is a tricky question. And I am going to sit on the fence, with one leg dangling on the group fitness side, and one on the personal training side.
Well, quite honestly, there are benefits to both, and many of my clients will mix up the two. Here's an idea of the benefits of each, so you can make up your own mind.
A great way to trial some different classes, and see what you really enjoy. There are so many different types to choose from; from dance based to yoga based. There's low intensity, high intensity, and everything in between.
Working out with other people is helpful, as you are likely to have similar thoughts and goals, and in my classes, the camaraderie is fantastic. Everyone spurs eachother on in a safe and supportive environment.
Fitness classes are a brilliant way to get into an exercise routine, and see your progress.
Group classes are fun and energetic, and great friendships are formed too!
This is by far, a cheaper option.
Personal training is just that. Personal. It allows one-to-one time to discuss and set goals; provide nutritional support and do weekly body composition analysis.
The exercise programme is structured to the individual's body, so it's very targeted to their personal needs.
You have someone to answer to every week. Someone to push you, shout at you and hold you accountable if you're not achieving what you said you would.
Whilst fitness classes will give correction advice if individuals are not carrying out particular exercises in the correct manner, there is never enough time for maximum correction. Personal Training does allow this, which means the individual is working harder, and will achieve results much faster.
Personal Training can be at a time suited to the individual, in a place that suits them.
This is not an exhaustive list of the benefits, but it can help you to make up your mind, and choose the correct path for you.