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

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

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. 


3 Tips for Starting Your Fitness Journey

3 Tips for Starting Your Fitness Journey

Starting any journey is wrought with unknowns—and that includes starting your fitness journey. Whatever the catalyst that put you on this path—an unexpectedly high number on the scale, finding yourself uncomfortably out of breath after playing with your kids, or any other reason—you know you want to take it. So where do you start?

Certainly a Google search of “fitness classes” is one way to proceed. But keep these three tips in mind as well.

#1—Find a Workout Regimen You Can Stick With

You don’t need to spend hours at the gym, and you don’t need to do things you hate. In fact, you are more likely to stick with something if you like it. The fitness classes at Manic Training, for example, are designed to be taken three times a week, and there is a different workout every other day. You’ll never get bored, and your muscles will never get complacent.

#2—Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People

Group fitness classes can be particularly motivating because you are surrounded by people who are going through the same thing you are. Everyone is at a different point in their own fitness journey, but there is something special about sharing it with others. It is also easier to be accountable!

If you are truly seeking a lifestyle change, a place like Manic Training also offers plenty of extracurricular activities to keep you active—and social. Organized group activities are on the calendar frequently and include things like hikes, runs, rides, and SUP.

#3—Stick to the Plan

It’s a marathon not a sprint. You didn’t become overweight and/or out of shape overnight, and you won’t change dramatically within a couple of weeks. Consistency is key.

Are you ready to start your fitness journey? You don’t have to go it alone! Join us in Highlands Ranch or at any of our locations for a free week of fitness classes by signing up here.


Staying Motivated This Winter

Staying Motivated This Winter

If you have been in Denver for a while, you know this already: It’s been a tough winter. Those of use who have lived on the Front Range for more than a few months have grown accustomed to lots of 50-degree sunny days in January and February, with a few days of 70 degrees tossed in for good measure. We may not be experiencing the polar vortex the Midwest and Northeast are experiencing, but that doesn’t make this any more difficult to take.

The cold and snow make it tough to get to the nearest gym in Highlands Ranch sometimes, but here are some tips for staying motivated for workouts when the weather is cold:

  • Try to put some variety into your workouts. If you lift weights as part of a routine, try to change it up a bit. If you are used to free weights, try to work out on some machines. Don’t blow off your usual workout structure—just try something new.
  • Work out with a friend. If you normally train alone and your resolve to get your workouts in is waning, partner with a friend to shake things up a bit. And if you’re smart, you’ll find a friend who is more experienced than you are, and you could learn a thing or two about techniques or workout variations.
  • Set a new goal. Whether it’s mastering the 5k run or doing 10 consecutive pull-ups or whatever your personal goal is, work toward it during these months.
  • Try out a new gym. You don’t need to leave behind your old gym but check out a new place as a guest or try a new group fitness class just to keep things interesting and fresh. (If you haven’t tried Manic Training yet, you can try it for a week for free!)
  • Challenge yourself by setting specific goals for each workout. Visualize yourself just plowing through your workout. Plan your reps and sets ahead of time, and get it done!
  • Take advantage of fitness events to help keep you motivated. Manic Training offers great ways to stay connected to the nearest gym in Highlands Ranch with some fun things to do with fellow fitness-minded people.
  • Think about how great you’ll feel when you’re done. Studies show that exercise can help boost your mood and even keep long-term depression at bay. Even a bad workout is better than no workout!

You can do this! Keep your training extra consistent during the winter because spring is just around the corner.

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