Types of Personal Training
1 on 1 vs semi-private vs small group vs boot camp
What do you think when someone talks to you about getting into Personal Training? Is your first thought “oh geez there’s no way I can afford a PT!”, or “I don’t want someone yelling at me the whole time!”? I’m here to let you know you can still get the benefits of having a Personal Trainer for surprisingly good value.
I’ll outline the main ways of working with a Personal Trainer and its pros and cons, in descending order of cost so that you can see which level best suits you. In general, you will see greater benefits the more you spend, but it also depends on the individual and how self-motivated you are.
1 on 1 training – you set specific fitness goals, get assessed and have your measurements taken and tracked. Your workout is tailored to your specific fitness goals, addressing weaknesses and lots of individual attention on form and technique correction. This is the most expensive, but you are paying for that extra attention, accountability, motivation and is the most reliable way to achieve results.
Semi-private – this is where family, friends, or colleagues share the cost of a PT and workout together in a group of 2-4. Assessment and tracking occur. Workouts are more generalised to cater for all participants but any injury considerations are factored in of course. Cost per person will vary depending on numbers, so getting a regular and dependable group is crucial. It is great to keep you accountable and motivated as you’re working out with (hopefully) people you enjoy spending time with, and can work on other factors together outside of training like eating clean and maintaining healthy office and home habits.
Small group – at Velocity we have a maximum of 8 participants in group training to ensure that some level of form and technique correction occurs. The PT is able to demonstrate the exercises and keep an eye on a small number of participants, and keep them motivated and pushing hard. Participants can be associates or other clients booking into a session, so the attendees week to week may vary. There is a fixed cost per session so you can train 3-4 group sessions a week for the cost of one 1 on 1 session which is great value for money. On the other hand, it is easy for participants to skip a session here or there as the “book and pay as you go” system means there is less accountability.
Boot camp – this style can have 15-30 participants and at the higher numbers should have multiple PT’s monitoring the group. Stereotypically these are the “yelling” type of trainers, because they have to make themselves heard by the group, generally not because they like being mean. Often limited to a period of weeks, this is a great way to get a quick boost in fitness and motivation but not ideal for long term sustainable results. These are generally great value propositions as PT’s use them as introductory offers to new clients. Velocity does offer limited term “boot camps” but will always have a maximum of 8 participants to ensure safe form and technique.
At Velocity Fitness, we offer all these levels of personal training sydney, so picking the right one means weighing up the cost with the benefits gained as well as your health and fitness goals. Some clients actually use the relatively higher cost of 1 on 1 sessions as motivation to attend each session, whereas group training might be easier to skip if you’re don’t particularly feel like training that day. Check out the previous article on how to make healthy living a habit! https://velocityfitness.com.au/healthy-habits-for-the-workplace/