Personal Training vs Group Fitness Class

Personal Training vs Group Fitness Class

When it comes to deciding between personal training and group training one needs to consider a client’s main purpose. If fun, socializing, and exercising for the sake of exercising is your priority, group training is the way to go. However, if the client is really looking to improve body composition, improve strength and mobility, and/or decrease risk of injury — personal training is far superior

Composition Improvement Per Dollar

Personal Training 4x Better than Group Training

Results Details: If we take the sum of the average pounds bodyfat lost + pounds of muscle gained and divide by the average cost to attend 9 sessions, we get an improvement/dollar ratio.

  • For personal training improvement/dollar ratio = 0.02.
  • For group classes improvement/dollar ratio = 0.0045.

To chart the differences, we take 100 x improvement/dollar

  • 20%

    Personal Training Improvement / Dollar

  • 4.5%

    Group Class Improvement / Dollar

Improvement Per Session

Personal Training 10x Better than Group Fitness Class

Results Details: If we take the sum of the average pounds bodyfat lost + pounds of muscle gained and divide by 9 sessions (avg attendance/month), we get an improvement/session ratio.

  • For personal training improvement/session ratio = 1.1.
  • For group classes improvement/session ratio = 0.11.

To chart the differences, we take 10 x improvement/session

  • 11.1%

    Personal Training Improvement / Session

  • 1%

    Group Class Improvement / Session

Price Per Session

Group Training 4x Better than Group Fitness Class

Results Details: Assuming an average cost of $21 per group class and $85 per personal training session, we get an cost/session ratio.

  • For personal training cost/session = $65 / session.
  • For group classes cost/session = $21 / session.

To chart the differences, we take 100 – cost/session

  • 15%

    Personal Training Price / Session

  • 79%

    Group Class Price / Session

Injuries Per Session

Personal Training 20x Better than Group Fitness Class

Results Details: If we total the number of people suffering a minor injury (a sprain, twist, collision, etc. wherein the pain lasts more than 3 days) and divide by the number of people trained, we get an injury per session ratio.

  • Personal Training Injury/Session Ratio is .0043.   0.4% chance of getting injured in a given session.
  • Group Training Injury/Session Ratio is .058824.   5% chance of getting injured in a given session.

To chart the differences, we take 100- (10 x injury/session)

  • 94%

    Personal Training Injuries / Session

  • 50%

    Group Class Injuries / Session

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Personal training clients experience a far superior improvement/session ratio because the coach can work on individual movement patterns, weaknesses, and mobility.  Small Group Training (group fitness classes) inherently forces the coach to cater the class towards the average person.

Other Factors to Consider.  People usually try group training first because of the price per session.  Those that get injured, generally go to physical therapy or personal training.  Those that don’t get injured experience a large bump in improvement, and then generally a plateau in about 3 months.  At this point, changes are needed to the programming, but since the group coach can’t change the programming for one student, improvement tends to taper off.

To decide between personal training and group training consider your priorities.  If fun, socializing, and exercising for the sake of exercising is the priority, group training is the way to go.  However, if you are really looking to improve body composition, improve strength and mobility, decrease risk of injury, and otherwise be the best you can be — personal training is far superior.

Personal Training and Group Fitness Class Comparison based on improvement per dollar, improvement per session, cost per session, and injuries per session.

Improvement per dollarImprovement per sessionCost per sessionInjuries per session
Personal Training2011.11594
Group Fitness Class4.517950

About Coach Paul

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BioMedical Engineering - Johns Hopkins University.
Juris Doctorate - Rutgers.
M|WOD, CrossFit Level II, 3DMAPS, FMSII, YBT, RKC, TRX, PN.

Paul has trained over 3000 clients and more than a 100 personal trainers over his 10 years as a mobility and strength coach.  He emphasizes safety and corrective exercises in all programming (strength, weight loss, conditioning, etc.)  His practice focuses on improving flawed movement patterns to prevent injury and improve skeletal-muscular function.  Paul employs a balanced approach in training utilizing his training Yoga, CrossFit, Powerlifting, and Movement Courses to systematically strengthen weakened muscles and mobilize joints and muscle tissue.  Move Better ... Train Better.