Taking a look at the latest trends this year in the world of fitness and exercise, one of the most discussed-about things is group training. Which, as the name suggests, refers to training at the gym given in groups rather than getting programmed individually. In order to make this a possibility, small gym setups in Pakistan are slowly disappearing from view and giant studios that can hold workout trainings for groups of people are being encouraged.
Some gyms have been remodeled and expanded, with the name Basheer Gym for Men converting into Basheer Training Studio and Fitness World. How impressive! So let’s just have a look at how this change has turned out for us in the last few months.
The Cons Of Group Training
- Lack of individual attention
This is one of the major drawbacks of group training, as told by a majority of fitness junkies. For them, group training has been disappointing because they miss out on all the individual attention they would get from a coach. This is because a group training is tailor-made to suit everyone and not just personalized for you. Hence, it may fail to recognize individual level weaknesses and cater to them separately.
- You might get away with mistakes
Just like a classroom where a teacher cannot pay attention to everyone and you are considered as a group, your short comings during a group training at the gym may also be ignored or looked upon. Because your trainer cannot manage to correct everyone all the time. Hence, the chance of you repeating your mistakes is greater.
The Pros Of Group Training
- High on motivation level
One of the biggest reasons why many of us would choose group training over individual one is this very reason: you stay motivated by those working out with you, you are on the same pace as they are, and giving up doesn’t seem to be an option that you would like to consider in such a setting. A nerve-wracking, hour long workout session on your own seems to be a tiring idea. But doing that along with a bunch of people, now that is pretty thrilling.
- The fear of skipping
Sounds more of a drawback, doesn’t it? But of course, it’s not. If your group members are friendly and supportive, that can be a bonus for you because they’ll make sure you don’t skip. Also, if you do skip, when you do join them the next day you might just feel embarrassed to have missed out, and that’ll help you not skip again. You don’t want to be labeled as a ‘ditcher’ now, do you?
- Cost effectiveness
If you didn’t already notice, group trainings are usually less expensive as compared to hiring a personal coach for individual level training. This is because you pay more for individual attention and focus, and for the time that your coach spends on you. Group trainings are friendly on your budget, hence you can consider them if the cost of fitness training at the gym is what scares you.
In the end, the call is yours. Group trainings might work for some and might not be the cup of tea for others, you need to decide what works out for you best.