Fitness Group or Personal Trainer?

By Monique Bartlett
September 24th 2014 Edition

Have you considered joining a fitness group or hiring a personal trainer? If so, there are many options you may want to consider. Your goal should be to get a great workout but to also do things you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy your chosen exercise you will stop doing it.

When you join a fitness group you may get support from others which can keep you motivated. The encouragement you get from those around you can be enough to keep you coming back. Plus, you can share stories and swap tips on how to get a great workout.

The downside is that by being in a group you may have a tendency to compare yourself to others. When you see others that may be fitter and trimmer, it may make you feel anxious or insecure and that can keep you from coming back in the future.

If you’re going to join a fitness group, make sure it’s in your budget. Also make sure that if you spend the money to join the fitness group that you actually show up to the class. It’s a good idea to get a trial membership first to see which classes you enjoy and fit in your schedule. The caveat of belonging to a fitness group is that you may not be getting the workout you really need. That is because the fitness level and needs of each person can be very different.

This is where you will reap the benefits of a personal trainer. A personal trainer can help you with your weight loss goals. If you want to tone up versus losing weight a trainer can design the right type of exercise program for your goals. If you want to increase your lean muscle mass they can assist you in that area too. Lean muscle mass can help burn more calories when you workout. A personal trainer is also great for helping you to stay motivated when you’re not getting the results you desire. They can also make changes to your workout as you progress.

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