The fitness industry loves a slashie more than any model/presenter/famous offspring.First we had yoga and Pilates (yogalates), then piloxing (Pilates and boxing) and now, a workout with the benefits from two training practices, combined.
The clue is in the name. These eight-person, 45-minute classes are a half-way point between a group exercise class and personal training, officially solving your dilemma – is PT or a class for me?
Michael Cunico, National Fitness Manager at Fitness First says the benefits come from marrying the two types. “On one hand you have your personal training purists – those who want, love, like or need one-on-one specific and specialised coaching. This is met with the energy, motivation and camaraderie that comes with training in a group.”
Cunico admits this type of training is most attractive for the exercise newbie, or if you’ve lost your fitness mojo (injury, baby, willpower, we’re looking at you). It’s perfect if you fall in the camp of needing accountability and instruction, without having to do any thinking.
This article ran on bodyandsoul.com.au and is republished here with permission.
Here’s more from National Fitness Manager, Michael Cunico:
What is Team Coaching?
“It’s a personalised and focused plan to get your fitness off on the right foot. It brings together the individual attention of an expert trainer and the motivation of a team to help you reach your goals,”
“Over six weeks, you’ll work hard in small group training sessions to build your fitness and learn how to make confident food choices that support your training goals.”
What are the benefits of training in a group?
“Exercising in groups has long been considered a good option for those looking to boost motivation and committed to an exercise program. In fact, a new study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning explored this theory further, with those participating in group training recording improvements in ‘exercise self-efficacy’ and greater ‘self-reported health and energy’ – in simple terms, feeling more confident, motivated and energetic.”
How is Team Coaching different to Group Exercise?
“We know many of our members at Fitness First love group exercise classes, but there are also many that crave the added motivation and individual attention of a Personal Trainer – especially those that are new to exercise, getting back in the gym or finding it difficult to commit to a routine. The concept of Team Coaching take the best of each of these training styles and brings them together,”
“For example, the energy of a thriving 80-strong crowd in a BODYATTACK® class can’t be replicated with just 8 people, but we can take the camaraderie, accountability and fun that group training can bring. Likewise, a one-on-one Personal Training session may provide complete attention to your every move, but sharing just some of this attention with others will make the concept of Personal Training more attainable for more people.”
How do you get started?
“You can join an existing team at your local Fitness First club, or create your own. Groups are capped at eight to ensure you’re getting the individual attention to make the most out of each session,”
“A new round of Team Coaching starts every six weeks, simply register your interest with your local club to get involved in the next round. Dates and session times are updated regularly online.”
How much is it?
“The cost is $300. In return, you’ll get a 6 week structured training schedule that’s made up of 12 x 45 minute sessions with a Personal Trainer. Each session is progressive and aligned with your goals. Your trainer will also help you build your own personalised training and nutrition plan – and using a weekly exercise and nutrition diary, track your results so you know all your hard work is working.”
To learn more about Team Coaching at Fitness First, click here.