Everyone needs a little push every now and then. That's what personal trainers and group exercise classes are for. But if you're tired of exercising in a crowd and can't afford one-on-one sessions with a fitness instructor, then small group training might be just what you need to kick your workout into high gear. 

Whether you've fallen off the fitness wagon, are trying to lose weight, are working toward a specific fitness goal, or just want to learn something new, there's a small group for you. Gyms and fitness centers offer a wide range of small group training opportunities to accommodate their clients' needs. Some are customized towards all-men or all-women's groups, specific age groups, or people training for athletic events. Others form groups at random, tossing together a few people who, for example, all want to work out after work or on their lunch-hour. Many people form their own group by gathering a few friends or family members who have similar fitness goals. 

Why a small group instead of a large group?
Group aerobics as well as dance and strength-training classes are a fun, energizing way to work out, but they tend to operate in a one-size-fits-all format, with little room for individual instruction. With a small group, you enjoy the fun and camaraderie of working out with others, but you also get plenty of one-on-one attention from your trainer. 

Why a group instead of working out alone?
Working out alone get's boring and repetitive. It also makes it too easy to slack off. Working out with a group and a trainer means other people set the pace and intensity. Your group mates keep you accountable, motivated, and inspired while your trainer challenges you to work harder than you might have on your own.

More for your money
Small group training is more affordable than individual personal training. While prices range dramatically depending on location, you can expect to pay around $70 per hour for a one-on-one session with a personal trainer. Depending on the size of your group, you can cut costs dramatically by hiring a small group trainer.  For example, split four ways, that $70-hour might only cost you just $15 to $20.

Safety in numbers
Small group training is a great way to meet new people and make new friends who share your common interest in fitness. It's also a good way to make sure your personal trainer doesn't work you too hard. It's not uncommon for over-enthusiastic trainers to push their clients beyond their limits. That is, after all, why you hire them. If you and your group mates agree your trainer has set the bar unreasonably high, you can join forces to reset your trainer's pace and priorities.

If small group training sounds appealing to you, call your health insurance provider, community center, fitness center, or gym and ask about small group training opportunities and prices.