I train people one-on-one in person, run a local boot camp, run an online workout community, and I do personalized online training. Interestingly, my boot campers & online community members are infinitely more successful. Not only do they reach their goals more often, but they also maintain that lifestyle better. Not only do I see those in the group setting continuously moving in the direction of their goals, but I rarely see them gaining back weight or losing the fitness they have built over time.
There could be many reasons for this, but the number one reason I see is because of the accountability to someone OTHER than a trainer. I may have been overweight at one point. I may have been pregnant and lost the pregnancy weight at one point. I may have had to work hard to change how I think about fitness and nutrition. These are all facts, but since this is my passion, it is hard for the average person to relate to me.
Knowing that people are waiting for you at class, or for you to check-in on the group, holds people more accountable. Further, rejoicing in each other’s successes is fun on both the receiving and congratulating end. When people are in a group setting, they also are likely to find someone who is in a similar place in their fitness journey. If you are new to working out, getting into a routine can be extremely scary. Working one-on-one with a trainer is smart because you will learn how to correctly do exercises; however, if you feel intimidated by your trainer, or that you cannot relate to them, it will be difficult to push yourself. If you are with a group, you will likely find someone who is in a similar place in their journey and you will get motivated by them. You can share tips on what helped you stick with your routine in the beginning. You can push each other while realizing that it is OK to modify movements.
On the other end of the spectrum, if you have been working out for a while, you can get into a rut. You may feel like you found what has worked for you, and continue doing similar routines day in and day out. This will cause your body to adapt, ultimately exerting less energy on the same moves it once had to work hard performing. Joining a fitness group, you will find someone who will challenge you and push you. For our boot camp, the format is the same each class, but the moves are always changing. I am always sneaking in different exercises that are new to members, as well as exciting new “finishers”, which are all of the member’s favorite part of the workout!
If you have not heard of the SAID principle, it stands for the body’s ability to specifically adapt to imposed demands. Essentially, your body begins to exert less energy doing the same exercises it once found difficult. This is why many fitness articles promote changing your routine. For example, if a 140lb woman who has never run before, sets out for a 1-mile run, she will exert more energy during and after that run than a 140lb woman who has been running for several months. In the second woman, the body has adapted to this motion, therefore the recovery is quicker and the ability to do the work is not as difficult.
Whether you join our online community, local boot camp, or neither, if you are in a rut, or overwhelmed by the idea of starting an exercise routine, I strongly encourage you to try a group class. Group classes hold you accountable, keep you motivated, and push you to work harder than you think you can!