WEEKLY WORKOUT: Small Group Benefits

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If you've been going to the same exercise class for years, it may be time to shake things up.  Angie Gallagher's private studio is made for small group or individual workouts.

"I love the fact that it’s completely private so there isn’t anyone staring at you through glass windows," says Angie.

But that's not the only benefit of small group exercise.

"You really get to know each other, and I think that really makes for a great environment."

If you know the people you're working out with, you're more likely to show up and more likely to be held accountable if you don't attend class.

"They expect you to be there," says Angie.  "So you’re gonna show up, and if you don’t show up they’re going to be calling you and asking you if you’re okay."

Small groups also mean more individualized instruction - perfect for someone trying to jump-start their routine.  And there's no wimping out on the workout with the trainer monitoring your every move.

"So you're getting the benefits of group camaraderie," says Angie.  They’re still encouraging you, it’s still dynamic, it’s still fun, but you’re getting enough attention from the trainer to correct movement.  So you get the most out of your workouts and you stay safe."

Training with a small group can also be less expensive than hiring a personal trainer.  Typically, you'll save $20 to $30 an hour.  But if you really want a trainer's undivided attention, Angie suggest splurging.

"If you have very specific goals you’re trying to meet or if you have injuries or conditions you have to deal with, they are able to accommodate that."