In the last several years, there has a been a surge of group training classes as well as specialized studios tailored for these group workouts. Although group training sessions bode many benefits, many people continue to prefer personal training sessions for the personalized workout adapted for their unique fitness goals. Here are just a few things that you can expect from a session with one of our experienced Plunkett Fitness personal trainers.
Focus on Your Fitness Goals
Everyone has different expectations and goals when it comes to fitness. During your first session with a personal trainer, you will work with them to establish your fitness goals so that they can create workouts that best suit your body type and current physical condition.
When setting your fitness goals, you should be realistic in what you can achieve in a certain amount of time. Your trainer can help you set goals that are healthy and realistic. For example, losing five pounds in a month is usually a healthy goal – depending on your body type – while losing 25 pounds in one month may be unhealthy and unsafe for most people.
Get a Personalized Workout
One of the most obvious benefits of personal training sessions is the personalized workout. What does this look like, though? After your initial training, your personal trainer will assess your fitness level and create a workout plan specifically for you. Your workout plan will include appropriately challenging exercises that are still safe for your abilities. A personal trainer can show you how to lift weights safely with any necessary modifications or advancements.
When you work out alone, it is easy to get into a routine and do the same exercises over and over again. A personal trainer will provide you with a variety of different exercises, which help prevent boredom and increase the likelihood of seeing results.
Since these training sessions are one-on-one, your trainer will become more familiar with your unique strength more than they would in a group session. Lastly, these personalized workouts allow you to work at a pace that you are comfortable with.
Build a Relationship with Your Trainer
Group fitness classes have a sense of comradery that many people prefer. For the individuals who go to group sessions regularly, they can get to know the instructors and build relationships. Unfortunately, a group setting will limit the trainer’s ability to give custom training tips to each person attending the class. Since most classes out there are usually an hour, it takes a lot longer for them to become familiar with each person’s physical abilities, fitness goals, and unique needs.
With personal sessions, the trainer spends quality time getting to know you during your initial appointment. Over time, your trainer will become invested in your fitness progress, and this relationship will create more self-discipline for you as well.
Avoid the Stress of Group Classes
Many people thrive in a group workout setting because of the community aspect while others are competitive, which enhances their performance. Unfortunately, group training sessions can be intimidating, especially if you are just beginning your fitness journey.
If you want a more laid-back environment, private training sessions may be a better fit. It is natural to compare ourselves to others, but this can be discouraging when working out in a group. Private training sessions allow you to focus on yourself without unnecessary pressure.
Workout More Efficiently
People have reported that they feel as though they try harder when working out with a personal trainer than if they workout solo or in a group session. In group classes, it is not as noticeable when you aren’t giving 100 percent, so there is a lower level of accountability. However, exercising with a personal trainer boosts the sense of accountability you feel and enhances your performance. You are more likely to show up to each session rather than rescheduling because of one of the many excuses we tend use, such as “I’m too busy today” or “I’m just not feeling up for it.”
In addition to increased performance, you will get more out of your workout because it is more personalized. Exercises tailored to reach your fitness goals combined with the sense of accountability will lead to optimal results.
At Plunkett Fitness, our goal is to provide a training environment where everyone feels safe and comfortable. If you are interested in working with a personal trainer, call us today at 913-390-3360.