The best way for you to train

Fitness & Training Tips
By Jade Loney
Jade Loney

About Jade Loney

I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness (I’m currently studying nutritional medicine.) However, it wasn’t until I started training at Ignite that I fell in love with CrossFit and the awesome community that came with it. CrossFit has helped me reassess what fitness means to me and shifted my focus to performance. The human body continually amazes me with what it is capable of and that fascination is what led me to become a trainer; to help others find their own strength and confidence! I’d love to make it to Regionals one day but even if I don’t, I’ll have enjoyed every step of the chase. If I’m not working I’m usually here training so if you see me on the floor please say hi! I don’t bite that much. 🙂
It’s a question that has been debated time after time, group training or personal training? Which one is better, and why?…
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both:
Group training
Group training is a great cost effective option for those looking for social support or to become part of a community. It can be a great way to meet likeminded people who care about their health and fitness.
This also creates a competitive environment, which can help push you to greater efforts in your workouts than you’d be able to achieve when training on your own.
On the flip side, group programs are quite general, as they are designed to cater to everyone’s basic needs and increase fitness across many different areas. This means that they won’t necessarily be suited to your individual goals or help you improve in areas of your strength and fitness that need more attention.
Group training is also constrained to a timeframe (usually 45-60 minutes), and your schedule must allow you to attend at set class times.
You may also find your progress hindered if you miss particular workouts by not coming in on specific days, and then not being able to progress in those missed movements or areas.
Individual programming / personal training
Personal training is the more expensive option of the two, however, as they say, you get what you pay for. This is the best option in terms of providing accountability, flexibility in scheduling and attention and technical correction from a coach who is wholly devoted to you for a designated time.
You will be more likely to achieve your personal fitness and health goals when working with a coach one on one as the programming and any advice given will be specific to your own individual goals and will be tailored to your fitness level and your lifestyle.
Your coach can adapt sessions on the fly, based on your energy levels, injuries or required regression / progression of movements.
There is a social element involved when working one on one with a coach, however, it can feel isolating if you are unable to develop a personal connection with your coach and you may find workouts more challenging to complete while on your own, having no one to ‘compete’ with.
So which option is best for you?
At the end of the day, the best training option is going to be the one that best suits your fitness and lifestyle needs and that you will be able to sustain long term.
If you are wanting to work specifically on your individual goals and correct any weaknesses you may have and have the financial means, personal training is going to be the better option for you.
I would also recommend this option if you are relatively new to training, as you will benefit greatly from having one on one coaching to learn how to execute even the most basic movement patterns with good form.
If you are already self motivated, and are looking for a more cost effective, social and competitive environment, group training may be the answer.
Once you’ve decided on the best training option for you, the next step is to look at the available facilities and the quality of their coaches.
It was actually this exact same scenario that led me to Crossfit Ignite a number of years ago now. I didn’t have particular goals set at the time, I just knew that I wanted to learn how to lift very heavy weights, and I wanted to have fun doing it.
What set Ignite apart from other gyms for me was the blend between group training and personal training. I felt like I was being given a high level of individual attention, and continually progressing on a program based on my own individual goals, but I was also able to meet people who were doing the same and become a part of a greater community.
Perhaps this blend of social, personalised training is the answer for you too!