Most people into fitness either go to the gym to have some me-time and workout by themselves, or join group training classes with other people, perhaps to also socialise. Both approaches have their strengths that will definitely bring out the best in you, but both also have disadvantages that may restrain you from succeeding in your fitness journey. Nobody wants to fail right? If so, take a look at the breakdown of the pros and cons of the two approaches below:
Pros: Solo training is beneficial to those who prefer doing exercises on their own. One of its great advantages is the fact that you will be able to focus on yourself and not be distracted by other people. It’s comforting to be alone because you will be able to meditate and think things through. It’s also vital to do solo training especially if you are working towards a specific fitness goal. With that, you will be able to customize your routine depending on your needs without having to rely on a coach or other people.
Cons: It can be hard to sustain all your exercises when you’re doing it on your own. You might end up finishing too soon or you might overdo your workout because you are only relying on your own personal knowledge. Also, getting stuck in the same routine can be boring and can have a negative effect on your fitness journey. Sometimes, you need a little guidance and you can get them from working out with friends or other fitness enthusiasts.
Pros: Working out in groups is great because you will be motivated to do your best. You just might inspire each other as well. It will also push you to work even better to reach your fitness goals because of the dedication of the people around you. Group training is also a good way for beginners to expose themselves to the fitness world. According to Thomas Plante, Ph.D, director of the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University, “Peer support can be a great motivator and can almost feel like group therapy.” Group training is really helpful because it will allow each and every one to build trust, teamwork and camaraderie. It can also be a way for you to make new friends that could be your future workout buddies.
Cons: While others find comfort in group exercises, there are those who are not too keen on this idea because it can be overwhelming and too distracting. There’s also a chance that you may become discouraged because of negative pressure from people. Some exercises in group classes may also not be fit to your personal fitness goals and they might only hinder your progress.
There’s really no competition between the two. One is certainly not better than the other, it’s just that you shouldn’t focus on only one approach because you could be missing some fitness benefits that you might need. In the end, it’s best to mix up both solo and group training so that you will have consistent progress (not hit a plateau), and adding variety to your workouts keeps you challenged and motivated.