Rolling over, turning off your alarm and sleeping in for an extra hour instead of heading out for a morning run is too easy to do. Letting the day get away from you and opting for happy hour with friends rather than working out at the gym can be an easy out too – especially if you’re running solo in your workout routine.
If you are feeling sluggish this winter and struggling to start a workout program, have hit a fitness plateau or just looking for something new to add to your fitness regimen, it may be time to join a pack of workout buddies to help you meet your health and fitness goals. Small Group Personal Training is the hot trend this season as individuals opt for a more cost-effective, fun and engaging environment to meet their personal fitness goals, dreams and aspirations. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior, new mom, senior citizen or desk jockey, everyone can benefit from training in a small group setting.
Increase Your Motivation
Whether you are getting started on a fresh workout routine or you’re a seasoned fitness veteran, establishing and maintaining consistent motivation can be quite a challenge. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently reported that almost 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out in the first six months and those who lack self-efficacy (the power to produce results on your own) won’t even try to start a new routine. However, research has shown that there are ways to increase your confidence in relation to fitness goals – remembering previous successes, observing others doing something you find challenging and enlisting other peoples’ support. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011, August 16).
When you set up a support structure of working together with other individuals, you breakdown the common roadblocks of making excuses for yourself and never taking the first step toward a fit and healthy lifestyle. Small Group Personal Training gives you the motivation of three to four other individuals and a seasoned personal trainer who are dedicated to working together to achieve total body fitness. By incorporating a fitness routine together with a small group of like-minded individuals, you become a part of something bigger than yourself – an environment that is packed full of fitness motivation and encouragement.
As the days get shorter and holiday to-do lists grow longer, staying active can become a thing of the past. To stay dedicated to working out, especially this time of year, it is imperative to have a group of workout companions that you are scheduled to meet with consistently throughout the week. By scheduling your workout into your busy schedule, you are less likely to push your workout until tomorrow again and again. By having a small group of people who are reliant on having you participate in the workout session, you are less likely to skip your workout when something more appealing like happy hour and shopping trip invites pop up in your inbox. Your group counts on you to show up every workout and bring the enthusiasm needed to succeed in fitness, together. Being accountable to a consistent workout time and having supportive workout buddies are the key ingredients to maintaining a successful workout program as the New Year approaches.
Drive Your Competitive Desire
The power of getting fit together, lies in human nature’s innate desire to push ourselves harder and further when alongside other individuals. According to recent research from Michigan State University, the best workout environment is one where you have someone to push you to work harder. The study found that people who exercised with someone worked out 24 percent longer than those who worked out alone. Michigan State University (2011, May 19)
Working out in a small group setting, there will be days when you’ll be the inspiration and there will be days when you’ll be inspired. The true power of working out in a small group is the synergy that develops as you and your workout buddies train side-by-side, commit to better yourselves individually and celebrate each other’s victories together. Working out in small group training setting is not about beating the person next to you. It is about exceeding your own potential one day at a time and encouraging those around you to do the same.
Socialize with Active-Minded Individuals
Rather than surrounding yourself with bonbons and eggnog this holiday season, join a PACK of fitness-minded people who value a healthy lifestyle to close out the year. A small group personal training environment will equip you to stay motivated and on track for successfully meeting your fitness goals. By joining others in your quest of reaching your goals, the experience can become less of a task and more of a social event where you catch up with your workout buddies and decompress from a busy work day in-between chest press reps and squat jumps. Before you know it, your workout is over, you’ve burned thousands of calories and you’ve fulfilled your need for socializing.
As you embark on closing out 2011 and setting new lifestyle goals for 2012, energize your workout and your attitude with small group personal training at Fitness Together. Enjoy pushing yourself to fitness levels beyond your imagination, enjoy the companionship of working out with like-minded individuals, and enjoy the accomplishment of looking better, feeling better and performing better. Join Fitness Together’s small group personal training today to be a part of the pack, but not lost in the crowd.
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