With 2019 coming to a close, now’s the time to start thinking about personal improvements you want to make in the next year – or even decade. Yes, we’re talking about New Year’s resolutions.
But did you know that about 80% of resolutions are abandoned by mid-February? It’s not enough to just say you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or any other goal. You have to put yourself in the right mindset and environment to succeed.
If you’ve struggled with sticking with your resolutions in the past, don’t give up. Here are some ways our small-group fitness training approach can help achieve your fitness goal in 2020.
Right size and personal attention.
At Fierce Fitness, our small-group classes can range from two to four people. We feel this is the perfect size – it’s small enough that you still receive individualized attention from your fitness coach and not so large that you get lost in the crowd. Also, unlike large group classes, the focus is on you – not the trainer.
Benefits of small-group training.
When you exercise in a small group, you can take advantage of the benefits that you can’t get with large classes or even individual personal training.
- Camaraderie – You won’t feel like you’re alone and have to figure things out on your own. Instead, you’re part of a team. You get to know the others in your group, and you can work together, learn together, and celebrate success together.
- Extra motivation – Some days, you may be tired or stressed about work – and the last thing on your mind is your workout. That’s when your group can support and give you the motivation to overcome the mental barrier.
- Increased effort – When in a group, you often find yourself picking up on the beneficial habits of other members as well as pushing yourself harder in workouts. That extra set or weight can help you reach your goal faster.
- Fun – Yes, we work hard. But being part of a group makes it a more enjoyable experience and one that you’ll look forward to each session.
Better fit for your schedule and budget.
For a health goal to be sustainable, there are also logistical factors to consider. In particular, training needs to fit within your schedule and budget. Small-group personal fitness training is more cost-efficient than one-on-one personal training, without sacrificing guidance from an experienced personal trainer (like you would by simply going with an open gym membership).
Small groups also offer more flexibility when it comes to working with your preferred trainer. Instead of only being available for one client at the most popular hours, our fitness coaches can open up multiple spots, so you’re more likely to get a session that fits in your schedule. This will make it more likely that you’ll keep up with the program.
Long-term motivation and accountability.
It’s very easy to get excited when starting a fitness program. However, that “newness” eventually wears off, which makes it important to have long-term motivations and supports. That’s another area where the dynamic of group fitness training can be very beneficial. In our experience, being part of a group adds accountability and makes it easier to create lasting habits. You know your group is at the gym, working hard, and getting better. So that gives you the extra motivation to get there too, and not be a no-show.
The idea that exercising with others improves adherence is backed by science. For example, one study found that 95% of participants who started a weight-loss program with a friend completed the program. In the same study, only 76% of those who went through the program solo completed it.
How to get started.
If you are part of the majority of people who usually fall off their resolutions before the Buffalo snow thaws, maybe it’s time to try something different for 2020. At Fierce Fitness, we also offer a variety of small-group classes, so you’re bound to find the right group and routine that will help you stick to your plan and achieve your goals.
To learn more, schedule a free introductory assessment with one of our fitness coaches today.