Should You Do a Group Exercise Class or Personal Training?

Not sure which one is best for you? Here’s how to find out.

When it comes to working out, finding your motivation—your “why”—is key. But for some of us, it isn’t enough to actually get us into the gym on a routine basis. Every day is a battle to eat healthy, to sweat and not veg in front of the TV every night with a pint of ice cream. (Been there, done that.) And being a self-motivator can be really hard.

The great thing about joining a gym is that you’re not in it alone. You have a wealth of support at your fingertips: Personal trainers and other gym-goers are an often-untapped support system—one that you can use to your benefit.

But which one is right for you: personal training or group exercise classes? Here are the benefits and an overall assessment of what type of workout might be best for your personality type.

Personal training


Best for: Someone who has trouble getting himself or herself to the gym and needs an accountability partner to keep them motivated and consistent. Also for those who require or desire a specifically tailored program to meet certain needs (such as recovering from an injury).

Group exercise classes


Best for: Someone who’s looking for community at the gym, and who needs the energy and electric atmosphere that comes with working out as a group or team to accomplish his or her fitness goals.

Interested in personal training or group exercise classes? Try a GX24 class at 24 Hour Fitness, or find the personal trainer that’s right for you.

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