If you have not been exercising regularly for a few years or more, you may want to think about getting the advice, help and motivation that comes with using a personal trainer or joining an exercise group. Now the decision is which type is going to be best for you and help you reach your goals. Here are a few things to consider before making up your mind.
If you are like many people, the idea of working out with a group of people is scary. You do not want to be the one that is most out of shape, or the person that can't seem to keep up with the rest of the group. You may want to consider using a personal trainer until you feel more comfortable exercising. In addition, with a personal trainer, you are getting one-on-one help. If you are struggling with a certain move, your trainer will notice right away and be there to help you. When you are in a group, the leader may be busy elsewhere and not notice your problem.
However, having a personal trainer can feel a bit overwhelming. He or she is hired to push you to exercise harder, longer, and smarter. When you feel like giving up, your trainer will be there pushing you to go on. Of course, if you do not like being pushed, you could end up paying for a trainer and then not showing up to the workout. Even if the trainer comes to you, it is easy to skip the session.
When you go to group training sessions, you can develop friendships with the other members. If the trainer is being extra tough, you have someone to commiserate with. You may even make arrangements to do things outside of training with the other members. These social events can help to motivate you to go to the sessions just to see your friends.
However, the sessions may become more or a social event than a training session. The trainer is not focused only on you, so you may tend to slack off a bit and chat with your friends. In addition, if you have to do what everyone else is doing. You may need to do extra work on your calves, but the leader is doing abdominal work this session.
If you are serious about your exercise, you may want to use both a personal trainer and group sessions. This will help keep you motivated while being sure to address your own, personal areas of concern. Plan on exercising the same amount of time each week, but divide it between private and group sessions. Remember, any exercise you do is good for your overall health, whether you do it alone or with many people.