Ask Coach: Who Should I Train With For Max Results?


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Question: Should I train with group classes, by myself or find a training partner? Which is best?

My Quick Answer: There is no right or wrong way to train…as long as you are staying fit and improving. But, are you doing what’s best for you?

There are benefits to training by yourself, with different individuals and in groups. I highly suggest that you vary your training environment.

  • Once you find out what works best for you, you’ll want to stick with that for about 75% of your training. Meaning, if you know that you push the hardest, have the most fun, are confident, safe and efficient when you workout with your favorite 2 training partners…then plan to do that about 5 days out of the week.
  • If you’re really trying to be competitive, you’ll want to vary who you work out with for the other 25% of your workouts. Meaning, if you don’t typically train by yourself, you’ll want to work out alone to challenge yourself. If you prefer not to work out in a large group, make sure you head to a bigger class once a week or every other week. Continue to train with a variety of individuals so that you continue to learn about yourself, and work on adapting to any possible scenario.

First you must find what works best for you and why. Once you know what brings out the best in you most often, then commit to that for the majority of your training. Then, continue to challenge yourself to mix it up so that you can build mental strength, expose weaknesses, and push yourself to overcome the uncomfortable.


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2 thoughts on “Ask Coach: Who Should I Train With For Max Results?

  • Carina

    It is quite funny. I was thinking about all of this recently.

    I used to go to the gym by myself. I then started to workout at home following some video trainings, but still working alone. I started to take some fitness classes where normally we are 2 to 4 taking the class and sometimes I have taken the class by myself.

    So far I am liking better the last option. There is always a trainer/teacher. The class is personalized since there are not a lot of people taking the class. The best part is that every day is different, challenging and fun. Besides that, you get to work with different people as well.