When comparing a personal training studio to a large gym, there are many differences to consider. The reality is that one is going to be better than the other, but which one is best for you really depends on what your specific needs and goals are. If you’re new to exercising, feel a bit insecure, or don’t know where to start when it comes to working out, then a personal training studio is going to be the best place for you to go; here’s why.
A Personal Training Studio Is Smaller Than Typical Gyms
Here at Peak Physique Fitness, our personal training studio is about 1,900 square feet, making it significantly smaller than typical large gyms. We strive to create a community atmosphere the moment you walk through our doors. Our trainers, as well as our clients, make our gym a family. This is important for helping people who don’t feel comfortable training, more comfortable with training. When you workout with us, you’re part of the Peak Physique Family, and you’ll always find friendly faces when you walk through our doors.
Big gyms can feel isolating and overwhelming as well. Whether you’re trying to figure out how to use a machine, or hurrying your workout so the next person doesn’t have to wait as long for the same machine you’re on, it’s very stressful in large gyms. Big gyms also can be a little dirty, you always have to make sure the equipment you’re using is clean, so you often spend quite a bit of time cleaning during your workout. However, if you’re looking to disappear, not talk to anyone, pop your headphones in and get to working out, these big gyms can be the right place for you. If you want help with your workout, or want some encouragement during your workout, a personal training studio like Peak Physique would be the best option for you.
Less Equipment, Or No Machines
Large gyms typically have rows and rows of machines lined throughout the entire gym floor for people to use by themselves, or occasionally, with a trainer. When you come to a personal training studio, like Peak Physique, you’ll typically find an open gym floor with no machines, but still a lot of equipment to workout with.
In fact, at Peak Physique we like to focus on functional training and education. We teach you how to use your body correctly by working out with dumbbells, bands, barbells, and other smaller pieces of equipment. We truly believe in the power of free weights over machines due to their ability to work out your body more naturally, improving your life overall. Machines tend to only work out one part of your body, whereas functional training can work out multiple parts of your body, leading to better overall workouts.
Certified Personal Trainers
At a personal training studio, you most definitely are going to be working out with a personal trainer. This isn’t the type of place you can come and workout alone. If you come to Peak Physique to workout you’ll be working out with our certified personal trainers in order to correctly execute exercises that will help you reach your individual goals. That’s another benefit of choosing a personal training studio over a traditional gym. All of our personal trainers are certified and will work on a plan that’s unique to you and your goals. They will help you to correctly execute exercises that will help you reach your individual goals. And they will do all of this without just plopping you on a machine and telling you you’re doing a good job.
A personal training studio can offer you the type of privacy we find a lot of our clients want, privacy that larger gyms just cannot provide. Often times a larger gym will be packed and you’ll be expected to share equipment, benches, and workout space with people you don’t know. You may have to wait for a piece of equipment depending on the time you choose to workout. At Peak Physique, since you are working out in a personal training studio by appointment only this tends to not be a problem. Each personal trainer at Peak Physique is working with at most 2 people at one time. You can also feel comfortable in personal training studios because the trainers are responsible for cleaning up after clients. This way you don’t have to second guess if the equipment you’re using is clean like you would at larger gyms. Another benefit of personal training studios is the bathrooms usually are very private, so you’re not changing in front of a bunch of strangers in a locker room like large gyms have you do.
Personal training studios can also help keep you focused on your workout. Peak Physique does not have tv’s to get lost on a treadmill with. When you come in, you are warming up, performing your exercises, and performing recovery techniques. The mind-body connection is an important aspect of getting in shape and that’s something that can be taught in a personal training studio. You want to be aware of what you’re doing when you workout, you don’t want to just aimlessly be running on a treadmill. Also, as we mentioned previously, working out in our studio requires you to work with a personal trainer. The trainer is going to keep you focused, motivated, and on track. There would be no time to get caught up on the latest show.
Training at a personal training studio can be just what you need to get in shape and start to feel healthier. Of course, working out in any capacity is better than not working out at all, but it’s important to be careful while working out so you don’t get hurt. It’s also important to keep your workouts fresh so you can continue to improve. This is why at Peak Physique we truly believe personal training studios are the best route because you get personalized workouts with certified trainers who can help you reach your goals faster, safer, and help you keep up with your workouts.