How can Small Group Training help you?

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FitnessI’ve seen quite the growing trend over the last few years for Small Group Training. While classes are still popular and many people still love the personal attention of one-on-one personal training session, I’ve had an increasing number of requests for small group training.

What is Small Group Training? This is generally when 2-8 people (I like no more than 5) exercise together with a trainer or fitness instructor. Members usually get similar workouts and meal plans, with some tweaking necessary based on physical abilities, medical history and exercise experience. **Side Note: Please make sure you find a trainer/instructor who will do this! I don’t agree with you having to do the exact same exercise as everyone else if it causes you discomfort or pain. Good instructors walk around, can read your cues (or will ask you how you are feeling) and provide modifications as necessary.

Here are some reasons why Small Group Training can work for you.

Show Me The Money! – One-one-one Personal Training does indeed provide the most personal attention and greatest opportunity to succeed. But, some people find that Small Group Training, because the cost is split among the members, keeps the price down while still giving them the attention they need.

Attention – While fitness classes does offer many benefits, the instructors are not always able to see and correct each individual class member as closely as only working with four or five people. There is less room to hide!

Mom & BabyExercise Loves Company – Plain and simple, sharing the workout enhances the experience for participants. I notice this even more when families exercise together.

Special Treatment – Many times if you have a group of like-minded people or those in similar situations, the  program can be tailored to your specific needs (ie) weight loss, Pre-natal Fitness, Mom & Baby or Stroller Fit!

Motivation (aka Competition) – Having someone exercising right beside you can push you a little harder than you might do on your own, especially if you both have a competitive spirit.PreNatal

Support – Both the Trainer and other participants are there to help you get through the challenges of the workout and the obstacles in life.

Accountability – Unlike many classes, if you miss your schedule workout, your Trainer WILL notice and will ask you why! Although I have been known to do this to my class participants. 🙂

Variety – By working with a knowledgeable fitness professional, your workouts will change/evolve as you progress, preventing hitting a plateau and boredom.

Stroller FitFun – Ah, yes. What I believe to be one of the most important components of an exercise session. The right exercise program done with friends can definitely be fun. A good trainer will allow fun while still keeping everyone on track.

Commitment – When you are involved in program where you know others are counting on your participation, you are more likely stick with it, even on days when you aren’t in the mood to exercise.

Results – When you stick with a well constructed program that you enjoy, you will get the results.

There you have it. If you are trying to find that happy medium between the attention of One-On-One Personal Training but the savings and camaraderie of Fitness Classes, Small Group Training may be just what you need!

**Deborah currently has TWO remaining Small Group Training timeslots available in Fall River, NS on Saturdays and TWO timeslots in Dartmouth/Cole Harbour, NS on Sundays. Please visit my website at www.journey2wellness.ca/programs.html for more details.

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