The Secret to Staying Motivated on Your Fitness Journey with Personal Training, Group Training, and Interval Workouts

The Secret to Staying Motivated on Your Fitness Journey with Personal Training, Group Training, and Interval Workouts

If you’re someone who’s tried to stick to a fitness routine, you know just how hard it can be to stay motivated. The initial excitement fades, the workouts can become repetitive, and it can feel like you’re not seeing results. But he truth is, staying motivated is a key factor in making fitness a lifelong habit. So, what’ the secret to staying motivated on your fitness journey? Let’s explore the benefits of personal training, group training, and interval workouts, and how they can help you reach your fitness goals.

Personal Training

One of the most effective ways to stay motivated is to work with a personal trainer. Personal training is the best option for those who are new to fitness, recovering form an injury, or looking to take their workouts to the next level. A personal trainer will create a customized workout plan tailored to your goals, fitness level, and preferences. They will also provide guidance and support to help you stay accountable and motivated.

A personal trainer can help you set realistic goals and create a plan to achieve them. They can also track your progress and make adjustments as needed to keep you on track. Working with a personal trainer can help you hone in on your form in exercises and give you options when something doesn’t feel quite right. This can help you see results faster, which can be a great motivator in and of itself!

Group Training

If you thrive in a social environment, group training might be the perfect option for you. Group training offers the benefits of working with a personal trainer in a supportive group setting. You’ll get the motivation and accountability of a personal trainer, along with the camaraderie and support of a group of like-minded individuals.

Group training can be a great way to stay motivated because it’s fun and social. In a great gym community, you’ll meet new people and make friends who share your passion for fitness. You’ll also become more likely to stick to your workouts because you don’t want to miss spending workout time with your new workout buddies. Group training is also a great way to challenge yourself by trying new things and exercises you wouldn’t typically decide to do on your own. It’s likely you’ll be inspired by the strength of your fellow group members and encouraged to push yourself beyond what you would do on your own.

Interval Workouts

Interval workouts are a type of exercise that alternates periods of high-intensity exercise with periods of rest or low-intensity exercise. Interval workouts are a great way to stay motivated because they are challenging, and also very effective. Interval workouts can help you burn more calories in less time than traditional cardio workouts, even after the workout is over!

The interval workouts at Urban Athlete are great for preventing boredom. When you’re constantly¬† changing the intensity of your workout with the weights you use, the time of work and rest periods, and the exercise variation, it’s hard to get bored. Interval workouts can also be very versatile. You can do interval training with any type of exercise, from running to weight lifting to swimming. We are of course fond of interval training using resistance.

Tips for Staying Motivated

While personal training, group training, and interval workouts can all help you stay motivated, there are also other things you can do to stay on track toward the goals you set with your coach when you started your workout program. Here are some tips for staying motivated on your fitness journey:

  1. Set realistic goals: Setting unrealistic goals can lead to disappointment and frustrations. Work with your personal trainer or coach to help you make sure your goals are achievable and realistic.
  2. Find a workout buddy: Having a workout buddy can help keep you accountable and motivated simply because there is someone walking a similar path along side you. Plus, it’s more fun to work out with a friend!
  3. Keep a workout journal: Keeping track of your workouts can help you see the progress you are making and support keeping you motivated.
  4. Mix it up: Doing the same workout every day can get boring. It can also cause you to plateau and no long see results. Working with a personal trainer or in a group training setting can introduce you to new exercises or types of workouts you might not have known about to keep things interesting.
  5. Celebrate your successes: No matter how big or small the progress, celebrate it! This will help keep you motivated and give you a sense of accomplishment. You are, after all, putting in the hard work and effort.

Staying motivated in your fitness journey is essential to achieving your goals. Personal training, group training, and interval workouts can all help you stay on track and reach your goals. It will also likely uncover possibilities you never knew existed.


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Group Training Workouts at Urban Athlete have some similarities to Personal Training!

What’s the difference between group training and bootcamp?

What is the difference between group training and bootcamp classes? It likely depends on who you ask. Rather than make assumptions for other people, I’d like to share the difference at Urban Athlete.

The group training programs at Urban Athlete are just that, group training workouts. Groups are up to 12 people, but generally a slightly smaller average size, all working out together following a program that can be modified for one or all of the people in the group. There is a coach leading the group workout and making recommendations on the weights to use, the form corrections to make, and encouraging you throughout your workout.

There is a component of high intensity interval training in the group training workouts at Urban Athlete, but we don’t consider the workouts to be a bootcamp style workout. Workouts start with a dynamic warm up, followed by a thorough demonstration and explanation of the workout, with direction on where to start, and finally an explanation on the core work at the end, along with the daily stretch – all while being coached and led in your workout. Almost like having a personal trainer by your side. The added bonus is having fellow community members to help cheer you on!

The program focuses on strength training and adds in components of interval training, conditioning, and some high heart rate exercises. Start to finish, most workouts should feel like a full body workout but with energy left to conquer other crucial parts of your day.

Group Training Workouts at Urban Athlete have some similarities to Personal Training!

Group training workouts at Urban Athlete.

Do you need Personal Training?

There are three components that make up a successful partnership with your personal trainer. I’ll list them out below, then get into the specifics of how they work together well.

  1. The right personal trainer for you
  2. A supportive environment
  3. The desire to commit to your workouts and nutrition

The right personal trainer can be challenging to find. Generally speaking, someone with the knowledge of anatomy and physiology, compassion, and with a good personality make the decision making process easier. A general exercise program does not need to be complicated. If you find a personal trainer you get along with in personality they are likely to help you succeed in reaching your fitness goals.

A supportive environment is another crucial component of a successful partnership with your personal trainer. The environment for group workouts, like high intensity interval training and strength training, needs to be energized and uplifting to level up your enthusiasm for the workout. Similarly, personal training also needs a supportive environment, having others working out around you needs to feel motivational and uplifting.

The desire to commit to your workouts and nutrition might be the biggest component. I list it last because even if the above two reasons are 100% spot on, you do need to want to show up for your workouts, put forth the best effort you have for that day, enjoy being challenged by your personal trainer or coach, and support your efforts outside of the gym by eating well and resting.

Another thing to remember, although exercise is hard and eating well can be even harder, it doesn’t have to be. When you are supported along your health and fitness journey by someone who is passionate about seeing you succeed and reach your goals, showing up is easier. When you show up, especially for yourself, you take steps in the direction of your goals!

If you’d like to see if Urban Athlete is a good fit, text us [215-593-2676] to start a conversation about scheduling a success session with a coach.