By Kate Horney
The New York Times told the story of a runner who’d found himself in a fitness slump. After trying to re-energize himself through numerous other training methods, Dathan Ritzenhein decided to seek out and train with fast runners.
Almost immediately, Dathan found himself feeding off the energy of the other runners and training harder than did running solo. The article argues that “the right workout companions…can make all the difference,” and at BeyondFit, we agree!
When it comes to fat loss, group training is the secret to success.
Personally, I’m all about the group dynamic. I’ve trained women one-on-one, through semi-private training, and also through group training, and I have found time and time again that women are much more motivated when working out with a group.
Not only do they tend to work harder, but overall, my group training clients lose more fat when compared to women who train one-on-one.
3 Group Training Secrets Every Woman Should Know:
1) Group Training holds you accountable. Let’s face it, you’re held more accountable in a group than you are when you train on your own. When you work out with a group on a regular basis and develop relationships with other women, you are more likely to show up for workouts and work harder during those workouts. Just as the New York Times article shows, solo runners and other workout enthusiasts who train alone may underestimate their own ability. Having another woman alongside you during your workout can inspire you to push harder, lift more, or sprint faster.
2) Group Training provides social support. Having social support, whether through friends, or family (or in the case of Bikini Boot Camp, friends who feel like family) is key to reaching your long-term goals. We are social creatures by nature, and we feel good when we have someone who listens to us and can relate to what we’re going through. Group training allows us not just to get a great workout, but to develop and foster friendships- many of which reach beyond the walls of the gym. When you work out as part of a group, you have a built-in support system. The women you see at Boot Camp in the mornings become an important encouragement for you, and you for them. They are there to cheer you up when you’re struggling, and to celebrate with you when you succeed!
3) Group Training is more fun! At BeyondFit, the groups we train have a lot of fun when they workout together. Our Bikini Boot Campers have become great friends and help inspire each other as they continue on their fitness journey. We swap recipes, have inside jokes, and are always there to share a laugh. No matter what group you become involved in, when you get to be around a team of people who enjoy and look forward to your company, it’s fun! Group training makes working out much more enjoyable, which helps keep you going and leads and better results. When your workout group becomes a place you enjoy going to, you will go more often. And the more consistent you are with your workouts, the more successful you will be.
As the saying goes, there is strength in numbers.
And as it turns out, this truth can be especially helpful if you’re trying to meet a health, fitness, or fat loss goal. If you want results, join a group!
P.S. If you’re local and are looking for a place to belong, the BeyondFit team and our group of Boot Campers all work very hard to provide an incredible experience for all the women at Bikini Boot Camp. This amazing experience is built on a firm foundation: a foundation of a strong and meaningful group committed to helping you reach your goals.
In 5 words or less, here’s how some of our Bikini Boot Campers described our group:
- MOTIVATED, DETERMINED, & SUPPORTIVE
- Supportive, strong,& beautiful
- Dedicated, strong and fabulous
- Accepting, Supportive, Encouraging, Focused, and Driven
- Inspiring, Devoted, Motivating, Encouraging, and Supportive
- Simply amazing!
E early, M morning, S supportive, inspiring, encouraging
- Motivating encouraging accountability results determined
Do you belong to a group? What do YOU love about group training?