Molly McNamee | Solo vs. Group: What’s the right workout for you?
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Solo vs. Group: What’s the right workout for you?

There are endless possibilities for how to workout, and everyone has a preference. You can workout alone. At the gym or at home. You can workout with friends or in a group fitness class. Alternatively, you can workout with a personal trainer.

Today I’m going to give you a run down on the positives and possible negatives of each option.

Solo Workouts. I personally prefer to workout alone. Exercise is my therapy, and I need to be by myself for that! There are many people who use fitness as their escape from work, family, stress, etc. But not everyone is the same. Solo workouts are fine for me because I am self motivated. I also know how to create a structured workout, so I don’t need any guidance. If you have a hard time motivating yourself to workout, it may be best for you to find a workout buddy that will hold you accountable for showing up! Solo workouts are also tough if you aren’t comfortable creating a workout or executing exercises with proper form. If you want to workout alone but have these concerns, I’ve got the perfect solution for you. The MFit Membership is my online gym. And when you workout with the MFit Membership, I will be your virtual workout buddy and guide you through your workouts so you know how to do each exercise!

Buddy Workouts. Working out with a friend is great motivation. When you have to meet someone for your workout, you are less likely to skip it. You don’t want to be “that friend” that cancels last minute. There is also an element of friendly competition with this option. Try to find a friend that will push you to work harder. Friends are your own personal cheerleaders. A good friend doesn’t want to see you fail, so they will cheer you on during your workouts. The downfall to this option is, again, that you don’t have a professional around giving you a structured workout. Also, your friend is going to be a lot nicer to you and may tell you good job after everything even if you didn’t really try. If you want to workout with someone who will still inspire you but make you work really hard, it’s better to call a professional for some help.

Group Fitness. Group fitness can be really good or really bad. It is good, because the energy is high, you meet new people, there’s that friendly competition again, the music is fun, and you have a professional structured workout to do. There are also hundreds of different classes to choose from, so you can constantly try new things and challenge your body. Group fitness can be bad because you don’t get much personal guidance in most classes. If the class is full, an instructor can’t stop the workout to focus on each individual. Yes, a good instructor will notice if you are struggling and help you. But, in a full class it’s nearly impossible for any professional to give you the exact help you need. This can result in confusion and injuries. You can also hide in the back during a group fitness class. It’s fine to stand in the back, but when you hide in the back and don’t work very hard it’s a waste of your time.

Personal Training. Now onto personal training, this is a one-on-one experience. Someone you don’t know is leading you through a workout customized for you and your goals. You are being led by someone who knows how to keep you safe but is still able to work you hard and hold you accountable. This option is similar to working out with a buddy, the only difference is someone is around who knows what he or she is talking about! You might experience fewer injuries with a trainer, and you will probably see results faster with one too. In my experience, people who do not like personal training simply prefer a group setting more. The energy in a one-on-one session is much different than group. Personal training is also more of an investment, but it is important to invest in yourself sometimes.