Boot Camp Workout Vs. Group Training — An Honest Comparison

Right out of the gate, I have to make a very important distinction for you: Group training should not be confused with a boot camp workout. Group training is a small group of like-minded (and like-“fitnessed”) people participating in a structured workout in order to reach a similar goal.

Boot Camp is none of those things! Boot Camp gets its name from a form of militarized training. Think large group, people from varying fitness backgrounds, and getting orders barked at you.

“5 more!”

“You call that a squat!”

“Move, move, move!”

This is in no way specialized training, emphasizing technique, building your confidence, or getting you any closer to a goal. It’s simply a tool used by some fitness “professionals” to collect your money without teaching you a single thing. Will you leave tired? Will you sweat? Will you be sore the next day? Of course!

But, like all fads and trends, it begins and it ends — then what? Fitness is an on-going journey where you learn, grow and build on the skills/techniques/principles that you learn along the way – and a trainer or certified instructor is your GUIDE!

5 Benefits Of Group Training

Now that we have that out of the way and we are all on the same page, let’s get into what we really need to talk about: the benefits of group training.

Motivation and Camaraderie

I put these two together because, in all honestly, they go side by side. Most fitness professionals and dedicated fitness fanatics already consider themselves part of unique tribe. We feel a camaraderie with other people who are on the same journey as us — this is not different for participants in a small group session.

You are all there for the same goal, you are walking side by side and overcoming obstacles together. This intense atmosphere, both physically and mentally demanding at times, can’t help but create friendships — which then can be used for motivation to keep going, keep pushing forward!

It’s hard to get motivated to put yourself through a 60 minute solo session, but when you have the support and common bond with others around you — I promise that you will work harder than you ever thought possible.


Staying home and skipping your solo gym session has few consequences. Let’s face it, if you’re willing to skip then you are probably making excuses that you already believe are true. BUT if you have fit friends who will definitely notice that you decided to slack off, now you are not only letting yourself down, but you are letting down an entire group!

Just like we talked about in motivation, being accountable and being called out for your slacking is a HUGE benefit!


Varying your workouts is one of the biggest benefits of participating in group training. Doing the same routine day in and day out is a great way to get unmotivated and have your workouts feeling stale. If you are a dedicated gym-goer, meaning that you are so gung-ho about the gym that it’s scary, and those first two points don’t apply to you — well don’t worry, group training has a secret for you.

Varying your workouts is the best way to shock your nervous system and force your muscles to adapt to the change. Throw in one or two group sessions per week and watch as your numbers increase and your body changes.

Serious Fun

Depending on who your instructor is and how they structure the session, group training can be so much more fun than the normal clanging and banging of iron! I like to incorporate in team events, relay races and various other “competitive” exercises.

Clients seem to enjoy these group sessions so much that they sometimes forget that they are getting a serious workout at the same time!

Working with other people in a team atmosphere is something that a lot of us left behind in our high school or college days (ironically, also considered by many to be the best times of their lives), so why not participate in something that can invigorate you and give you time to enjoy life — while getting a kick butt workout simultaneously.

Cost Effective

It’s always about the value. Generally speaking you will pay much lower rates to be a part of a group training session than you would for individualized training. And when I say much lower, I mean MUCH LOWER. If you are not, then that’s a problem. These types of sessions are geared towards keeping the class packed (but manageable) and are, again generally speaking, less resource/time/energy intensive to the instructors so your price should reflect that.

Give Boot Camp The Boot With Fit Legit Training

Well, there you go — a very solid list of five benefits in joining a group training session. Grab a friend or two and start looking for what you can find. While you’re looking, why not add Fit Legit Training into your list of options.

Fit Legit is a strength & conditioning gym located in North Royalton. It’s owned and operated by me, Vincent Qurazzo. I have a Bachelor's Degree from the Ohio State University and I’m certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). I also hold a certification from the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) as a Certified Personal Training (CPT).

We specialize in small group training session — Men, Women and COED sessions are available multiple times per week. Feel free to contact me at for any questions or for me details! Good luck, and see you in the gym!

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