The landscape of personal training has undergone a significant transformation over the years. In the era of big-box gyms, personal trainers often felt like supervisors, guiding clients through predetermined workouts. It was far from what we might consider “personal” today.
To me, personal training doesn’t necessarily mean one-on-one. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. In my experience, a creative trainer armed with a thoughtful plan can cater to clients with varying abilities in a single session, creating a dynamic and inclusive fitness experience.
Here’s why this approach can be a game-changer:
1. More Fun with Others: Working out alongside peers can be more enjoyable and motivating. The camaraderie and shared effort make fitness sessions a blast.
2. Cost-Effective: Personal training in a group setting offers substantial cost savings for clients, while still delivering personalized programming and attention.
Imagine a 4-person session with individuals at different stages of their fitness journey:
Client 1 is experienced with weightlifting and proficient in movement. Her program includes barbell deadlifts and a high-intensity finisher.
Client 2 has lower back issues. For him, a trap bar deadlift is a safer choice, followed by mobility and flexibility work to support his lower back.
Clients 3 and 4, a couple new to training, engage in a circuit involving bodyweight, resistance band, and TRX exercises. They incorporate core and corrective exercises to build a solid foundation of quality movement.
All four can train together, focusing on foundational movements tailored to their specific needs, ensuring safety and effectiveness.
Personal training has indeed evolved, and in my opinion, for the better. It’s become more inclusive, cost-effective, and enjoyable, ultimately delivering results in a community setting.