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.
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)
- 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
- Can be expensive
Working out in a group class
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- Good for quick and efficient workouts
- Good for thinking or zoning out
- You don’t need to own any equipment
- 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
- 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
- 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.