As some of you may know, I used to work in (and manage) a private personal training studio in London. This type of facility is open by appointment-only and designed for those who are receiving personal training, so you cannot simply go in and use it in your own time.
Out of all the gyms I’ve both worked in and used for my own training, that gym is still my favourite. It had the perfect balance by offering a social environment yet also one in which people worked very hard.
I have previously written about the importance of working with a personal trainer here, so today I’d like to go one step further and discuss why you might benefit from training in a private studio such as Cutting Edge Performance Centre as opposed to a regular gym.
1) Everyone is committed
When people are paying good money for each workout, they will want to get the most out of every session. This means that you will be surrounded by people who are working hard, unlike in a regular gym where people will be dawdling by the water fountain or hogging the squat rack with 10 minute-long rest periods (guilty!).
Even if you don’t have the funds to train with a PT every single session, at least one per week will have a huge positive effect on your motivation, technique and results.
2) It is more personal
When you train at a regular commercial gym, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. Even if you’re working with a PT, it’s likely you will rarely see the same members or build up any form of camaraderie with the staff.
When I worked at the private studio, some of the members had been training at the same days and times for years. This meant that they knew not only the other trainers, but also the other members, and everyone was very supportive of each other. It was common for a PT and their client to cheer for or joke around with another PT’s client during a session.
Personal training studios are generally smaller than regular gyms, so the training environment will be much more private and tranquil.
3) Better, more challenging workouts
When you have a PT, they will be able to look at your experience and goals objectively and design the perfect workout accordingly. They will often push you out of your comfort zone, towards exercises which you may have been avoiding. For example, almost everyone hates single leg exercises. When you are training on your own, you may be tempted to skip them, but a PT will not let you do this.
By training with a PT, you will also learn proper lifting technique. When a PT is surrounded by other PTs all day, they will learn new exercises and methods of coaching that they might not otherwise be exposed to in a regular gym environment.
4) No stray members
When you are training in a private studio, you don’t have to worry about any wild members performing unsafe exercises or hogging all the machines. Everyone will be supervised and focused. An extra bonus is that you are less likely to be hit on by creepy members when everyone is accompanied by a trainer.
5) You will be spoilt for choice
A regular commercial gym will have just a handful of personal trainers to choose from, with no guarantee that any of them will be any good. A personal training studio will likely have a lot more trainers on offer (I was responsible for managing more than 80 trainers!), so you should easily be able to find one that suits your needs – whether that be injury rehabilitation, competing in powerlifting or preparing for a triathlon. Furthermore, if you are not happy, you can easily switch to another.
Have you ever trained at a private personal training studio? Have you ever hired a personal trainer?