How much effort do you put in to a workout when you workout alone? Is it easier to push yourself, when no one is around? Is it easier to slack off when no one is ‘watching’?
I know for me, that I put a whole lot more effort in, when I am working out in a group as the instructor. I can remember times when I used to go to other classes and it would depend on the day and how I felt as to how much work I put in. Did being in the group setting matter, not on some days!
I know people who really prefer to work out on their own? Are you one who prefers that? Why is that?
Over the years I have had people who work really hard and others not so much. I added equipment to classes to see if people would put in more effort. ( it is so much more work — without pushing to do a Bosu cardio class than a regular cardio class…)
In the long run, the participants who keep coming back, are those who ultimately find that they need that extra push of a group with an instructor to get the workout they want. Whether it be the instructor encouraging and challenging from the front or just knowing there are others sweating it out with them– that group setting is much more motivating.
And I can’t say it is just the instructor, as if that was the case they would hire a personal trainer… ( well maybe not as there is a bigger cost involved!)
What does the choice of setting( working out alone or in a group) do for you? Does it allow you the freedom to push yourself to the level you want or individualize your workouts? Does it allow you to put in more or less effort? Does it allow you to blend in or give you the opportunity to workout more intensely?
Leave a comment below and share what you do for your workouts. Group workout, or individual workout, or maybe you enjoy both. Which one do you get a better workout of?