Competition brings out the best in a person. It shows a person where his or her true strengths and weaknesses are. Yet, after a competition, there is an enormous danger. The person who loses may consider himself a failure and the winner may get a big head and think he no longer needs to practice as much as before. It is one thing to say to yourself, “I didn’t do well today, but I’ll do better next time. I wasn’t myself today, but I’ll improve on this. I didn’t win today, but I’m still a winner inside.” I realize it’s hard to do sometimes, especially if you truly wanted to win – but it must be done for you to move to the next level.
Exercising as a group or with a friend not only provides a certain level of competition but additional benefits for each individual in the group, and for the group as a whole. When you engage in couple or group personal training you have a built in support system that bestows you with a wealth of encouragement and motivation for continuing with your fitness routines. This can be especially helpful for those days when you just do not feel like exercising. You can return the favor by being a motivator to the others in your personal training group when they need a friendly nudge to continue with exercise programs.
Moreover, group personal training lets you measure your progress against the progress being made by the other members of your personal training group. Measuring your progress against the progress of someone else could tell you if you are on target with everyone else or lagging behind for some reason. Your personal trainer will be looking at the group’s progress, among other factors, to help in evaluating your individual progress. You should feel comfortable approaching your personal trainer though if you feel that you are not making as much progress as the rest of your personal training group, and perhaps just some individual tailoring to your group routines will be all that is required.