Should you workout alone, with a friend, in a gym group class or with a PT?

Should you workout alone, with a friend, in a gym group class, at home or with a PT?

I think you should try them all and see which one (or combo) is best for you.

If you’re new to exercising or need help with your training, I would start with a trainer, an experienced friend or gym group classes, to learn the ropes of this.
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There are also many forums where you can ask your questions, if you have any at this moment leave them in a comment below and I will answer as best as I can ASAP.

Let’s quickly look at some advantages and disadvantages of each.

Working out with a PT (Personal Trainer)

Advantages

  • Someone will check your form /workouts/nutrition if you’re already exercising
  • Holds you accountable and on track
  • You don’t need to know anything about exercising or put together the workout, the PT will do that
  • Gives you a reality check on your goals

Disadvantages

  • Can be expensive

Working out in a group class

Advantages

  • No need to put together a workout, just make sure to get some strength and cardio combo in your week
  • Can go with friends
  • You don’t need to know anything about exercising or put together the workout

Disadvantages

  • In busy gyms you might not get a place in a group class
  • Not all gyms have a good variety of classes, or the classes you want to join

Working out with a friend

Advantages

  • You’ll have someone to hold you accountable and motivate you
  • You can make a social activity out of it, less of a chore
  • It will get you two closer
  • Fun, fun, fun
  • How about a workout date with your lover?

Disadvantages

  • More chatting than working out can happen
  • Workouts usually take longer than if you do them by yourself
  • They might leave you :
    • Once you helped them reach their goal of getting in shape and healthy, they get married and move to another country, leaving you alone. True story 😦
    • Or you move far away from them and can’t exercise during lunch together anymore. True story 😦

Best for workouts where you can breathe, exercise and talk at the same time. Good luck with that one!

Working out alone in a gym

Advantages

  • Good for quick and efficient workouts
  • Good for thinking or zoning out
  • You don’t need to own any equipment

Disadvantages

  • It requires you to put together a workout or search for one, basically knowing what you’re doing
  • Depending on your goals and knowledge, this can be fun or a chore

Working out alone at home or outside a gym

Advantages

  • At home you have privacy
  • Don’t need to do the logistics around gym bags
  • You might need to buy some gym equipment
  • This might be the cheapest training

Disadvantages

  • It requires you to put together a workout or search for one
  • It requires you to be motivated and keep up with the workouts. If you can do this, then you’re my personal hero.

I currently train in a gym group class with a friend 3 times per week and 2 times completely by myself.

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