3 Types Of Personal Training — How To Know Which One Is Right For You

Here at Reece Mander Fitness, we talk to hundreds of prospective clients each year about personal training.

One of the most common questions we get asked is “what type of personal training do you do?”

Most people aren’t even aware that there are different types of personal training so we’re going to break down the different options available to you as a client, so you can see which one might be right for you.

1 on 1

Normally thought of as personal training where a client works one on one with a trainer. Exercise selection is specific to each individual. Depending on the type or service offered, sessions can last anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

– Programs are personalised to each person. They allow the coach to devise a program that works on weaknesses and areas of concern. Great for healing injuries or for clients who many need more attention because of a disability.
– 100% focus is on you for 1 hour. There is no escape, nowhere to rest. This is great for some people, but may not be suitable for everyone.

– 1 on 1 is the most expensive form of personal training. So this may not be the option for you.
– There is a lack interaction with others. You may have other people around you but there is little interaction, which can lead to boredom.


2 on 1

2 on 1 training is similar to 1 on 1. Programs are still personalised but one trainer may oversee two clients at any one time. The biggest benefit we see at RMF from running this type of training model is the results achieved with clients and the friendship and camaraderie built between clients.

– This often works out a little cheaper than 1 on 1, but still gives people access to personalised training.
– Programs are still personalised to each person.
– As there are multiple clients, it adds to the motivation factor. We often find people find their training more enjoyable as the atmosphere is better. The friends you also make become life long.

This is our preferred method of training at RMF because we feel it gets our clients the best results.

– Although similar to 1 on 1 training, it isn’t the same. If you prefer a more focused approach and are willing to pay for the attention, 1 on 1 may be a better option for you.
– Your coaches attention will be divided between two people. If you want 100% focused attention on you at all times, then maybe the 1 on 1 option would be better.

Semi Private

Although still technically classed as personal training this moves into the realm of training groups. Normally in a 4 on 1 or 5 on 1 setting, which means there is one trainer with 4 or 5 clients at any given time. Sometimes clients have their own program that a coach effectively oversees, but often the workouts are the same.

– Often cheaper than the 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 options. If you don’t have a great deal of money to invest, this might be your best option.
– Some people report better results sticking with a group plan. The accountability of a small group can help people achieve their goals quicker.

– In small group classes, there is less attention to detail for clients. This works fine in a setting where everyone is doing low risk exercises (ie bodyweight squats) but in my opinion, it’s not suitable for the more dangerous exercises such as full squat with weight or heavy deadlifts.
– Generally because of the reduced focus, workouts are often the same for each client. This is a less effective method of getting results.

Final Thoughts

There are 3 main types of personal training.

– 1 on 1
– 2 on 1
– Semi Private

Lets be clear. There is no one method that is going to work for everyone. Different personality types, different objectives and different budgets will suit different people. Make sure you do your research and choose the option that is currently best for you.

It is also worth noting that some personal training programs include nutrition advice. We will cover this in a future article.
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