In a past article I’ve highlighted the importance of finding the right training path for you. This can be anything from joining a big commercial gym to working with a personal trainer on a 1-1 basis to even going down the small group semi private training route. You can that find article here (Can you tag that article “Don’t let the wrong gym derail the right intentions ” here? I finished off last weeks article by mentioning the benefits of semi private/small group training. You may have heard about this route before but could be unsure of what this really means and how it may actually benefit your goal.
Let me explain everything about it,what it involves and how its probably the best option for you.
Most of the clients that will come to my small group sessions will have similar enough goals which always tend to be “To look and feel better,(tone-up),decrease body fat %,improve strength and generally just have a healthier lifestyle.
If you have those goals above then the type of training regime you need to have covered are things like mobility/flexibility doing some strength work with the right exercises that give you the biggest bang for your buck, doing some aerobic and anaerobic work along with the odd bit of hypertrophy work.
For some of you this might sound fine but when you need to apply this to your training regime you are lost and don’t really know what to do.Most of time people just fall into the trap of just going the gym then once they get into a packed gym they either A. don’t know what to do or B what they had planned has been side-tracked due to equipment they needed not available due to busy gym floor.
I guess this is where semi private training comes in. There are so many benefits of going down this route. Semi private small group training is generally 3-6 clients working together under a similar program with 1-2 experienced trainers on hand.
Here are some of the advantages my current clients both women and men have listed off since starting semi private training.
Let me list them off for you.
All good trainers will educate their clients as much as assist them on their goals in these sessions.At the start,your not going to be thrown into the deep end.Trust me,Every good trainer will have a consultation/intro system set up to ease you in. Then work the basics,dial in form and get pretty damn good at it before moving on.Mechanics,consistency,intensity is the layout here.Any good trainer should bring you through a smart starting process seeing where you lie,teaching you the basic movements like squat, press,pull and deadlift, followed by your mobility and recovery too.In fact mobility can be put in first to see where you need work to eventually move onto better things.
- Constantly Varied
All sessions generally are varied so that you will never get bored. However the general layout stays the same ie 15 mins mobility/warm up,20 mins working on new skill or perhaps some strength work followed by a 15 min conditioning piece. The fact its varied means you generally wont get bored, however the work you do here needs to be relative to your goal and that its not just different to keep you motivated.
- We measure Progress
Not with the scales!-We all know by now that numbers on the scales will always fluctuate and tbh never that important.
You should really be working with the same trainer in these sessions so they get to know what you can/cant do.Measuring strength, mobility,fitness to body composition to me is far more important than looking down on numbers on the scale.
When performance starts to improve,image/aesthetics/bodyweight will also start to get better.Once your nutrition is dialed in and your training is going to plan there is no reason why you cant hit your goals.
Even though its a group based workout,everything in the session is still catered towards YOU.
A good coach that knows you will be aware what a client can or can’t do.In most of my sessions I have clients from first timers to seasoned vets. A good personal trainer will be able to manage that…
…but a GREAT trainer will adapt the movements for individuals so that everyone gets a great workout in the same session. For example, if you can’t yet do pull ups, you might do some sort of pulling variation such as ring rows,or if one of the clients just isn’t feeling 100% ready to go then maybe you just need to map out something different.Believe it or not the most effective workouts can be in couplets or triplets.
- Making new friends and being held accountable
Lets face it,social gatherings in Ireland are generally circled around the same plan-Alcohol
Alcohol is great but not all the time.Sometimes its nice to get together with mates and exercise.I’ve seen many clients who meet new friends through semi private training.Training alone can be boring and lonely at times.Plus the fact when your booked into train at 6am with your trainer and friends your going to be more accountable which in the long run is going to help you achieve your goal.
- 60 mins all mapped out
As mentioned above,the layout of the session is all there for you to see.Lets face it we all have busy lives now and cant afford to spend too much time in the gym.There is other important issues like work commitments,family,partners,kids etc
One of the main things i hear back from my current clients is that the sessions is all mapped out in front of them.Its there to be done and its in and out.I guess its far from attending the local gym,jumping on the x-trainer looking around to see what other equipment is free,bounce around on a few machines then get bored,sit in the sauna then go home.What a waste of time and money that is.
If you only have 60 mins in your day and you want to cover all the important stuff well then I have the plan for you.
Personal training on a 1-1 basis can be pricey for people.Many good trainers out there will charge between 60-80 euro per hour.Having said that joining the local commercial gym for as little as 30 euro per month or 360 euro a year may sound cheap but isn’t it just as crazy when your showing up very rarely or even when you do show up you still haven’t a clue what you really should be doing or even worse again its far too packed and the equipment you wanted to use is not available.
Semi private sessions can workout on average between 15-20 euro a session.Yes, semi private training can still be pricey for some people, but you still get most of the same benefits and results that you’d get with a PT for a fraction of the price.
Hope this small article can help you out.I could go on for days and days about why you try a semi private session and get correct coaching rather than just showing up a gym and getting nowhere.
If you need any more help or advice just get in touch.
Thanks for reading