Personal Training Versus Group Fitness: Is One Better Than the Other?

Children will be heading back to school soon, and that means there are plenty of parents who might have some kidless time on their hands. Many parents start exploring their options regarding personal trainers or group fitness in Highlands Ranch. We don’t lack for choices in the Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree/Centennial area, but the question is: Is one better than the other?

The simple answer is that the option you’ll stick with consistently is probably going to be the better choice. But there are pros and cons to both.

Personal Trainers

If you want to maximize the impact of your fitness efforts or if you are training for a specific event, a personal trainer might be right for you. But there are pros and cons.

The Good

  • Your personal trainer will design an exercise regimen appropriate to your current fitness level and your ultimate fitness goals.
  • You develop a relationship with your trainer that can make workouts fun if you fit well personality-wise.
  • One-on-one training can help you push your limits.

The Not-So-Good

  • It can be expensive. You’ll pay more for individualized training sessions than you will for a group fitness class. 
  • Personal trainers have all levels of training and skill—and some are underqualified. This can greatly impact your results.
  • A personal trainer can have ideals that differ drastically from your own, which can result in burnout—and maybe even giving up on fitness altogether.

Group Fitness

Group fitness classes abound in the Highlands Ranch area, and it really boils down to finding something you enjoy. As with all things, there are considerations.

The Good

  • Small groups can be great for accountability and motivation. It’s a lot easier to phone in a workout when you’re by yourself, but when you are working out with others, it will push you and keep you accountable.
  • It’s more affordable. 
  • You still get individualized help with a small group fitness class. At Manic Training, there is always a coach nearby to help with your form or to provide modifications of movements when necessary.
  • It can be easier to learn new things because you can watch others.
  • There is a camaraderie and socialization with group fitness, which can make working out more fun.

The Not-So-Good

  • If there are 20 people in a group fitness class, you won’t get the one-on-one attention you would get with a personal trainer.
  • You’ll have to schedule your workouts to match class times, which can sometimes be a challenge fitting in classes around work and family.


Wondering what is right for you? Why not try Manic Training? You can get a week for free. Find out how Manic Training gets its members “ready for life” with unique group fitness workouts in Highlands Ranch, Fort Collins, and Steamboat Springs you won’t find anywhere else.