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NZREPs highlights the value of Group Training

NZREPs highlights the value of Group Training
March 30, 2021

The New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (NZREPs) has highlighted that an emerging trend over the last few years, that looks set to stay is group training and classes. Group training differs from group exercise class. With group training it’s more of an individualised workout, with exercise professionals leading the session, in a coaching role. Those participating are finding it’s a great way to maximise effort, all while socialising, or competing with like-minded exercisers.

In the past, many thought of ‘getting fit’ as something that was about simply reaching a goal, but NZREPs advise that it is now understand as more about ‘being well’, and is a journey rather than a destination.

The small group size and format means that participants get to know and trust each other as well as the trainer. Opportunity for one- on- one attention facilitates a feeling of belonging and the ability to get feedback. Working with a group can also make the session more cost effective. Even those working one- on- one with a personal trainer might find benefits with the addition of small group training to their personal training. While the benefits of working one- on- one with an exercise professional are not in question, for those on limited budgets having options for an individualised programme is important.

NZREPs note that “one of the benefits of group training is the personalisation. It’s important to make sure your group training session is operated by someone with the right education, has plenty of experience, and who can offer you encouragement during and between sessions. By choosing a REPs registered exercise professional you can be assured your trainer knows their stuff.

Some things to think about before getting started include: for those new to exercise, choose a group training programme that has a smaller group to ensure your trainer can give you the support you need; and talk to the trainer prior to signing up to make sure their training style is the right fit for you.

For more information on NZ Register of Exercise Professionals go to www.exercisenz.org.nz.

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