One on One vs Group Training

In most cases there are two types of training that you can receive from a trainer. The first one is one on one and the second is group training. First off the type of training I do is one on one. There are times that I will see two people at a time, but rarely if ever do I train more than two. So I’m a little biased as to my approach. But let it be known that there are positives to both and yes negatives as well. Let’s explore both.

Advantages of Group Training include

  • Affordability
  • Energy from the group to keep you motivated
  • Social

Advantages of One on One Training include

  • Focused attention
  • Increased availability by the Trainer
  • Sessions are directed to your goals not the group

Disadvantages of Group Training include

  • Lack of attention by the group trainer (especially when the group has over 6 participants)
  • Time – The participants have to train at the same time (not flexible)
  • Difficult to individualize goals

Disadvantages of One on One Training include

  • Expense
  • Have to have a good rapport with the trainer in order for the program to be effective
  • Sorry I told you I was biased

Since I have been in the fitness industry for many years now I have seen both the good sides and the bad to both styles of training. If you are a self-motivated person and don’t need a lot of attention, then group training may be for you. If you seek guidance and need direction then one on one training may be what works best for you.

So what say you? Have you worked with trainers in the past? Did they provide one on one or were you in a group setting? What worked best for your needs? Trainers, although I realize that groups can be very lucrative, what kind of training do you do? Did you start training in one type and then evolve into another, and how did that evolution take place and why?

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