Not All Group Training is the Same

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Not All Group Training is the Same

Long gone are the dated “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” and jazzercise classes. Group training classes aren’t just spandex filled rooms led by coaches spouting cheesy motivational lines. Faster Fitness is one of many gyms in St. Louis who offer group training classes. In 2017, there are so many fat-burning, heart-racing fitness classes that will get your off of your isolated elliptical and into a room where you’re having fun with friends while getting in the best shape of your life. Sometimes going it alone at the gym can get monotonous or become just a boring routine. Being active should never put you to sleep!


What can happen when working out by yourself is that you plateau. No, this isn’t a yoga pose. What we are talking about with plateauing is that you reach a peak in your workout routine and then you stay there – much like you would when you climb a plateau. While plateaus are occasionally inevitable, group and private training can help provide that extra boost you need to keep climbing to the next level.


What Are Your Group Fitness Options?


As previously mentioned, there are plenty of options for you out there. However, the layout and focus of each of these programs is important to understanding. Once you see the differences, you can better decide what is the best option for you. Before discussing Faster Fitness, let’s look at some other programs that are out there.


– Orange Theory – Orange Theory group training consists of about 36 people (which is a pretty large group) and only 1 trainer. Their program is predominantly cardio based with some functional strength training as well. The heart rate monitor system they offer is a unique system that inspires you to push yourself harder and get better results.

– Crossfit  – CrossFit is a program that emphasizes building strength, conditioning and performance. It’s a fast paced, fun workout that varies considerably from box to box that often features Olympic style weight training. Typically, you’ll see groups from 8-20 or 30 with 1 or 2 trainers.

– Iron Tribe – Iron Tribe shares a lot of similarities to Crossfit, but currently they draw more of the office crowd. Their services are at a higher price point than CrossFit or Faster Fitness, but they deliver a quality program that we applaud. Groups max out at 20 people with 1-2 coaches.

– Boot Camp – This is exactly how it sounds: lots of moving around and sweating at a high intensity. Their groups tend to be quite a bit bigger, hovering around the 50 person marker with only 1 trainer typically. While probably the lowest cost of these options, you’re typically getting little personal coaching or attention.


Group vs. Personal


So what are the differences between group personal training vs personal training? Let’s look at how Faster Fitness defines the two:


  • Group personal training is working with a trainer in a group of 8-16 people. This program is a more fun and cost effective way of getting the benefits of a personal trainer but with a slightly larger group.


  • Personal training is working one-on-one with a trainer to achieve specific results. These sessions consist of 5-10 people at a time but include a more focused look at an individual’s training, life, health and fitness goals that you can’t always get with group training.


Faster Fitness offers both group and private training. They both have their advantages, but today, we are going to specifically talk about the benefits of group training.


What Does Our Group Personal Training Offer?


Our Group Personal Training program is our most popular program and delivers amazing results. This program gives you all the benefits of a personal trainer, but with the energy of a large group. Formulated around a healthy combination of strength training, cardio, and metabolic conditioning, Faster Fitness offers an effective, all-around program geared toward making you stronger, leaner, and more energized.


Group personal training at Faster Fitness is more than just a small group training together. For example, each session includes alternative activities like a “Question of the Day” so that you’re getting to know your trainer and your fellow team members. You aren’t just burning calories and building muscle… you’re also building a community.


Even though you are working as a group, it is still a program tailored for you. There’s a reason why we still include the word personal in the title. We conduct a comprehensive interview when you sign-up, so that you are meeting one on one with a trainer that will find out what you want to get out of the program. Learning about your previous fitness experience, your past injuries, and your end goal is vital to us knowing the proper way to coach you. Finding out about you will help us guide you to success.


Your trainer isn’t the only one that’s looking out for you – you have a community that will support you in your fitness journey. Group personal training is all about building relationships. Whether you and your coworkers sign up for a class together to build a better relationship or you jump into our program to make new fitness friends, you will be walking away from your group personal training program high-fiving all of those around you!


In addition, starting next month we have a new feature that we are excited about unveiling. We are going to include heart rate monitoring into our workouts! These monitors will be able to deliver stats and info about your performance during your workout, which will benefit your health in the long run.


Join a Group Today!


Because of these reasons, we believe Faster Fitness offers the best group personal training in St. Louis. However, the choice is up to you. Get out there and do your own research. Figure out what style of group works for you. Whatever you do… don’t go it alone. Experience the fun and excitement of group training!

About the Author: Marshall Ray

Marshall Ray is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Level 2 Poliquin International Certified Strength Coach (PICP), Biosignature Practitioner and a certified Precision Nutrition Coach (Pn1). He is the founder of Faster Fitness and co-founder of Femme Fit. He's passionate about building a community of people who love fitness and taking control of their health.