Personal Training or Group Classes? What’s Best for You at 40+

When it comes to staying active and healthy in your 40s and beyond, choosing the right type of exercise program is crucial. For many, this decision boils down to personal training versus group classes. Each has its unique benefits, but depending on your personal health goals, lifestyle, and preferences, one might suit you better than the other. In this blog, we’ll explore the advantages of both personal training and group classes to help you make an informed decision so that you can start to get results, feel happier and create long term changes you love.

Benefits of Personal Training

Personal training in our expert opinion IS the best for 99.9% of people. The reason is no two people are alike. Everyone has goals, limitations and a fitness history that is unique to them, so hiring a personal trainer will ensure that the program is custom built just for you.

Here’s a summary of the most common benefits of hiring a personal trainer.

  • Tailored Approach: Personal training offers a highly personalized approach to fitness. Trainers assess your specific needs, health conditions, and fitness goals to create a customized workout plan. This individual attention ensures exercises are safe, effective, and aligned with your personal health objectives.
  • One-on-One Support: With personal training, you receive undivided attention from your trainer. This means immediate feedback on your form, adjustments to your technique, and constant motivation. It’s particularly beneficial if you have specific health concerns, such as joint problems or chronic back pain, which require specialized exercises.
  • Flexibility: Personal training sessions can usually be scheduled at your convenience, making it easier to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle. This flexibility can be a significant advantage for those balancing work, family, and other commitments.

Benefits of Group Classes

With group classes (or “small group”) as we like to call them, there is one main benefit community. When you are around others you feel like you are a part of something. Small group classes are also a great way to transition into long term fitness after you have achieved all of your BIG goals with your personal trainer.

Here’s a summary of the most common benefits of taking group classes.

  • Community and Motivation: Group classes provide a vibrant atmosphere that many find motivating. Being part of a class can foster a sense of community and accountability, which can be powerful motivators to keep attending sessions.
  • Variety: Many gyms offer a range of group classes, from yoga and Pilates to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and spin classes. This variety can keep your workout routine exciting and engaging, which is crucial for maintaining long-term fitness.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Generally, group classes are less expensive than personal training sessions. If budget is a concern, group classes can provide a cost-effective way to receive professional instruction and a structured workout environment.

Deciding What’s Best for You

As mentioned above the biggest fault in the fitness industry is trying to find one perfect program, or diet that will help everyone get results equally. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. We do strongly believe that every person should start with at least a few personal training sessions (especially if you are returning to fitness after a a few years away, and/or are 40+ years old). Working with a personal trainer will ensure safety and adherence to the program long term, however if you are still unsure what option suits you best; here are some other things to consider when making your final decision.

  1. Consider Your Health and Fitness Goals: If your primary goal is to lose weight, manage a health condition, or achieve specific fitness targets, personal training might be the best choice due to its customized nature. However, if you’re looking for general fitness, improved flexibility, or stress relief, group classes could be sufficient.
  2. Think About Your Learning Style: Do you prefer individual attention and guidance, or do you thrive in a group setting where energy and enthusiasm are part of the experience? Your personality and learning style can significantly influence which setting will keep you motivated and committed.
  3. Evaluate Your Budget: Personal training is more of an investment but offers tailored expertise. Group classes are more budget-friendly and still provide professional guidance. Consider what financial investment makes sense for your current situation.


Whether you choose personal training or group classes, the most important thing is that you’re taking steps to maintain and improve your health and fitness after 40. Each option has unique benefits, and your choice will depend on your specific needs, goals, and preferences.

If you’re unsure which path to choose, book a free session to discuss your fitness goals and we can help guide you to the right program. At our gym, we offer both personal training and a variety of group classes, all tailored to meet the needs of our members as they navigate their fitness journeys. Let us help you find the perfect fit so you can enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle.


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