What’s New in Health and Fitness?: Small-Group Personal Training
Working out in small groups can save money and help you get fit fast!
We’d all love to have a personal trainer on hand to help us reach our health and fitness goals, but with an average cost of $50/hour it’s a luxury that very few can afford. But luckily, there’s hope. While one-on-one sessions may be a bit cost prohibitive, small-group sessions are turning out to be a fantastic fitness solution for thousands.
Small-group training can range from a group of friends pitching in for a one-hour workout with a personal trainer to a simple meet up with like-minded fitness enthusiasts. “My co-worker told me about this fun group that would meet up on Wednesday nights and run for free,” said Vicky Rivas, an avid marathon runner. “Not only would we run, but there were giveaways and snacks to refuel after the run.” Aside from the financial benefits, small group personal training has a host of other rewards as well. An independent survey has confirmed that group fitness participants have higher exercise class attendance rates and an improved sense of overall physical and psychological well-being.
Good old-fashioned camaraderie is another perk to small-group exercise—something that you just can’t get if you’re flying solo. “There is nothing more motivating then pumping up my clients and pushing them to limits that they themselves never thought was possible,” said Julia Chaidez of LIT Bootcamp. “Not only do I push them but they push each other to succeed and not give up.”
Finding small-group workout sessions is as easy as putting in a bit of due diligence. Inquire about the cost of small fitness groups at your local gym and reach out to your friends and family members who might be interested. And don’t forget to use the Internet! Check out Meetup.com for workout groups in your area as well as IDEA (www.ideafit.com) and ACE (www.acefitness.org). Just type in your city and what type of workout you’re looking for, and you’ll be one step closer to getting fit!
How do you save money on workouts?
Marina Sandoval is a multimedia freelancer and a writer for The Cheesecake Factory's internal media.
Photo Credit: Female Reloaded