I have now been working in the fitness industry for 15 years. When I first started, I was always just doing 1 on 1 coaching. Now I have the luxury of also teaching group classes as well. I am not here to tell you which one is better for you. They both have their own benefits. At the end of the day, only you will find what is right for you. This could simply depend on your personality, or the environment you enjoy.
Since working at Innerfight, 80% of my clients do both personal training and group classes. Some have started with 1 on 1 coaching before jumping into classes. Others have done group classes for some time before they have included the 1 on 1 coaching. Either way is good, depending on where your fitness and strength is when you start, group classes will definitely get you fit and strong. You’ll be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses there. This will give you a good idea on what you’ll need to work on if you decide to include personal training.
Starting with personal training before group classes also has its benefits. This should allow you to touch on the foundations/basics. This will also cater for your specific goals, a skill set that you need to get better at. e.g. pull ups, gymnastics, Olympic lifting, strength, conditioning etc.
I also realise that there may be some financial boundaries when it comes to extra personal training for some people. Look at it as an investment into your goals and overall health. Purchasing a pack every few months or so might be more suitable for some. In return, this will definitely spice up your training a bit.
Group classes may only take you so far with your goals, you may hit some plateaus. Personal training can allow you to really monitor your performance in the gym and can also help you with the right nutrition.
At the end of the day, I’m not here to inform you about which one is better. Because they are both great. Both are a sure-fire guarantee to health and wellness. Both will get you fitter and stronger, each one will always have a different stimulus. If you haven’t done one or the other or both; as in 1-2 PT’s a week as well as 2-3 classes; the best way is for you to simply try it and see what works for you.
By: Matt Jones, InnerFight Performance Coach