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Small Group vs. 1:1 Training
By Lisa Snow, personal trainer

When I started my own business over 8 years ago, I thought most clients who chose small group training over 1-1 personal training would do so because it's usually about half the hourly cost of 1-1.  How wrong I was!  Clients make the decision for 1-1 vs. group for a wide variety of reasons, and almost none are about money.  Here are a few of the reasons I've seen people make the 1-1 vs. group fitness choice.

1-1 training is completely customized.  You may have unique challenges, such as a stroke survivor with much less strength and mobility on one side of your body.  An experienced personal trainer can create a customized list of exercises to help you work around these limitations while still having fun and getting stronger. 

1-1 training lets you bounce your ideas off someone else.  While trainers are not psychotherapists, the best trainers are those that strive to be good listeners.  When you tell your trainer about your kids, your boss, and how your week is going, they may have a different perspective you find useful.  Or it may just feel liberating to share your experiences with someone who is outside your circle of friends and family.

1-1 training has completely flexible scheduling.  If your calendar looks different each week, a 1-1 personal trainer might actually save you a lot of money.  Most trainers have a 24 hour cancellation policy, so if you cancel in time, you get every session you paid for.  Group classes, on the other hand, often charge a monthly rate, whether you're there or not.  If you're an ER surgeon who gets called in at all hours, or a sales rep who needs to travel the country for a week or two each month, working with a trainer individually is likely your best option. 

With small group training, seeing is believing.  Each week, I teach a group class for women with disabilities.  While some are experienced exercisers, others are new to weights or unsure how to use newer pieces of gym equipment.  When I tell a student she really is strong enough for 8 lb dumbbells, she looks at me like I'm crazy.  But when they see the woman next to them using 10's, a whole new world opens up.  Even a newbie who needs to use 2 lb weights today starts to believe she can do so much more in the future.  Able bodied people feel the exact same way. 

In a small group class, each person adds energy to the room.  While 1-1 training often revolves around conversations between the client and trainer, group classes are all about great music and the friendships that develop as people get better together.  Just one enthusiastic student can raise the energy in a whole studio, so imagine what 3-6 people can do! 

Small group classes have synergy with massage and other activities.  Many people feel they could afford a trainer or a massage therapist, but not both.  Yet for athletes, exercise recovery is just as important as training.  And for those coming back from injury, massage therapy can be a key part of regaining all the mobility they had before. 

For the same price as seeing a personal trainer 2 days a week, they could go to 2 days/week of small group fitness training plus 1 day/week of massage therapy.  Others might choose to do 1 day/week of small group personal training plus another 1-2 days/week of dance or yoga classes.  

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New York City is full of little underutilized nooks where you can enjoy some outdoor air or a quick workout.  Discover them and use them as you wish.

Jamie has a few great suggestions on how to use them.  Geo has some great biking ideas.  Lisa highlights the benefits of both small group training and personal training.

If you have summer goals still waiting to be realized, let one of the talented  personal trainers, fitness instructors, and nutritionists  help you meet those goals. 

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Jamie3 Summer Workout Circuits

Summer is finally upon us! During this time of the year, the last thing that some of us want to be doing is running on a treadmill facing a wall inside the basement of a building when we could be enjoying a beautiful sunny day outside at the park. So why not just have the best of both worlds and enjoy that sunny day WHILE you get your body moving?
Go head to your favorite park, grab a friend or two and get to work!

What you need:
Your body
A park bench (or stairs) 
Water to stay hydrated


Circuit 1: Repeat 4 times. Rest 1 minute after 1 circuit is completed.
15 body weight squats 
10 push-ups to the bench (or a step)
30 seconds of mountain climbers (with hands placed on bench or step)

Circuit 2: Repeat 4 times.   Rest 1 minute after 1 circuit is completed.
10 step ups (per leg) to the bench or step 
12 tricep dips (with hands on bench or step)
15 burpees with jumping jacks (hands on bench or step for burpees)

Circuit 3: repeat 4 times.  Rest 45 seconds after 1 circuit is completed.
1 minute sprint 
30 second plank 

Drink plenty of water and enjoy the rest of your day in the sun!! 


The Freedom of Biking


There are plenty of ways to enjoy a warm spring afternoon, but riding a bike one of the most active ways to enjoy your leisure time. A relaxing bike ride burns more calories than an easy walk- 280 calories versus 170 calories per hour. Challenge yourself by powering up hills and increasing your efforts, but even keeping a leisurely pace is better than simply walking or staying indoors. Not only is it a fun way to cruise and feel the wind in your hair, but it's environmentally-friendly and sure beats being sardined in a crowded subway car or stuck in a cab in traffic! 

Cycling also gets your legs moving and your heart pumping without pounding on your joints. Running has the potential to take its toll on the body.  Biking, however, is far lower impact and engages the muscles in the legs without as much forcing coming down on the knees.
 Not only do you get to enjoy the great outdoors, save time and money in commuting through public transportation, but it's also a great opportunity to burn a great deal of calories without negatively taxing the joints.

Always remember to strap on a helmet, obey all traffic laws, stay in your bike lane, and you are ready to get out there and enjoy the summer!

See you on the road!
Geo Chang, C.P.T. 


Always Take The Stairs!

Climbing the stairs used to be an option only if the elevator wasn't working.  More and more people are recognizing the importance of taking the stairs not only for health, but for time and energy conservation. It is a free form of exercise, no need to pay for anything or buy equipment. 

Whether it's your office building or your east village walk up, you can get a good, heart pumping workout. It's also good for your heart- it can lower bad cholesterol as well as relieve tension and stress that have adverse effects on your heart. 

In this city that never sleeps, time is of the essence. It's sometimes much faster to take the stairs, especially during peak times when elevators take a long time to arrive to your floor.  As I always say-  Always take the stairs! 

chris Exploring NYC's Personal Training Gyms: 

We'll be back next month with a new update!

By Glenn Dickstein
Boss NYC                                           

By Chris Granville
Gramercy Pilates                                Gotham Gym  
Mid-City Gym                                    Thrive  
X93                                                         Remorca Fitness
Hype Gym                                            Work Train Fight
Fitness Results                                     Steel Gym
Titan Fitness                                         Atomic Total Fitness  
Core Fitness                                          As1Fitness  
Tribeca Health & Fitness                  Velocity Sports NYC

heartrateLearn Your Body Mass Index (BMI)  


Body Mass Index (BMI) is essentially a height to weight ratio.  Am I a healthy weight for my height.


Figure out your BMI now.

Underweight = < 18.5

Normal Weight = 18.5-24.9

Overweight = 25-29.9

Obese- 30 or higher


Remember, speak to your doctor before starting a fitness program and then seek out the right personal trainer for correct program design.  Enjoy your workout! 


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