As a trainer that does both one on one and small group training, there are major differences with cost being the big one. All of my group training people train together and work together, so there is that camaraderie that they receive by working together, training together and getting together outside of work that binds their friendship together. With that said, group training is all about a bunch of people having fun and working out together so it is more of a social thing for people. The person that can afford your one on one rates, wants more of a personal experience that revolves around them and their goals only. with one on one training, you can be more focused on your client and not have to deal with multiple people at any given time and whether you will get enough people for your group to make it monetarily worth your time. With group training, you can make your training like team sports training with the exception that it is not done in a weight room but on the field of play instead. Also, with group training, if you have the right number of people, you can triple your money for the same amount of time versus one on one training. I,personally, like training both one on one and small group training because it challenges me in different ways as far as workouts and mentally.
Both private training and group training have their benefits in different ways. They can help clients achieve their goals, but it comes down to preference. I think it depends on the client’s goals and comfort level. Some clients hire a trainer to reach certain goals and can be intimidated by their performance in group classes. Private training allows the client to have 100% of the trainer’s focus in a non-intimidating environment. Private training also allows a more personal connection with the client where the client can feel confident in his or her abilities.
Group training can be beneficial by providing a fun, stimulating and supportive environment. Some clients like the competitive nature of small group training. It can also create a support and accountability system.
Whatever the client enjoys and finds motivating–they’re both good!
It is really up to the client. If they want individual attention, they should go with private personal training. If they want to have others around to create a more fun or motivating atmosphere, they should join a group.
But if they find they don’t like being alone or with a group they should switch. It comes down to which will keep them showing up for a workout. You can’t work out if you don’t show up.
I believe group training can be better for certain individuals.Camaraderie, competition and accountability tend to be key factors in some peoples motivation to make it to workouts on those days they might otherwise just skip a workout. Those individuals usually get a “better” workout for the same reasons.
I believe the greatest benefit of private training is the flexibility to respond to a client’s changing circumstances. Whether caused by illness or accident, I can always find a way of training a client, and it is my goal to have my clients walk away feeling better about themselves.
While there is great motivation through camaraderie in small group training, it can also lead to disappointment when a person no longer can keep up with the group.