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What to Look for in a Gym or Studio in Whangarei?

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What to Look for in a Gym or Studio in Whangarei?

If you’ve been thinking about getting fit and staying healthy in Whangarei, whether you’ve never exercised or worked out before, or fitness is already part of your routine; starting at a  gym or  studio can help you track your progress.

But just how different are these two? Which one should you choose?

Gym vs. Studio in Whangarei

Proper form and foundational movements are important, so does knowing whether you are working out too intensely or too little.

If you’re looking for a more personalised workout that offers the experience of having a personal trainer closely monitoring your form, movements and looking at your fitness level and movement as a whole then going to a private Whangarei Personal Training studio can give that quality of personal attention you need.

A private personal training studio, here in Whangarei has a more focused approach, and it would often cap fitness participants, even in the larger classes!

Of course, Whangarei gyms also have a cadre of personal trainers, albeit the vibe and energy is different; particularly if you’re on a gym membership that may or may not exclude one-on-one sessions or the number of small group sessions you’re allowed to attend. A gym will always focus on accessibility, you can walk-in, do a session and enjoy it for what is. However, the workout won’t be entirely centered on your specific fitness level and movement needs – or will be self directed.

But this article is not about telling you which is better, a gym or a studio, but rather knowing what you want to achieve with your fitness goals. Both spaces are great for fitness, however, a studio offers a welcoming environment  there to cater to specific body training, movement and mobility. If this is what your body needs at the moment, then you should go for the personal training studio experience.

Here's to highlight some key differences:

Here’s to highlight some key differences:

A gym provides ample room, a large space accommodating a variety of exercise stations. This includes machines for weight training, cardio and ellipticals. A studio may also have gym equipment, however not to the scale of a fitness gym, where you’ll find an open-layout interior filled with people and various exercise equipment. Because a gym is about accommodating everyone, most of the time no one will keep an eye on you or what you’re doing.  So if your form or technique is not ideal, there’ll be no one there to correct you, unless you sign up for a training session and have a one-on-one with a gym trainer.

What’s good about a Whangarei gym?

The downside of working out in a gym:

Gyms are great places to mingle and stay fit. But the standard of service and quality varies on the kind of management it has. Some gym owners are very proactive in making sure people are comfortable and getting the best qualified advice on their workouts. So when it comes to gyms you need to be selective, but they will always be the cheapest option, next to working out from home.

What’s great about a Whangarei Private Personal Training Studio?

Personal training in a private studio depends entirely on your fitness goals. Of course, you can expect the rates to be higher than a gym session, for example if the studio session you signed up for is to rehabilitate an injury you have or improve your current state of body mobility post-injury, this is fully focused on your needs, thus the cost is usually more as its specific to you. This is specialised care, the kind of focused instruction that will be supervised by a highly-qualified personal trainer and movement coach. So with a Whangarei private studio you will be getting the best value for your money. Rates are often packaged based on the fitness plan after your initial assessment by a professional personal trainer. What you can truly expect from here is a fitness service that is practical and worth the price.


Highlights of working out in a Whangarei private studio:

The downside of working out in a studio:

Classes to Consider

Decisions about whether class size is important boils down to whether the class size suits your fitness goals.

The social aspect is the appeal of a big group session. For obvious reasons you can easily disappear into a large group class, and this is fine, if you intentionally just want to work out and enjoy the infectious energy of being in a larger group.

But a smaller class sizes mean more personal instruction and guidance. A personal trainer can keep a close eye on your form and technique.

So what class size is likely to suit you? Think about where you can get the most insight on fitness and can give you benefits long-term. Having a personal trainer focus on just a small number of individuals means they get to know what exercises work well for you and what can get you into achieving the results you want.

Knowledge and Experience of Personal Trainers

Most personal trainers have undergone years of fitness training and may have a distinct style when it comes to personal training for movement and fitness. For example, some come from a strong sports background, they could also be professional and competitive athletes. While some are more empathetic as their focus could be on physiotherapy and gaining back movement. Their  individuality and athletic pursuits often shine through with the way they skillfully handle large or small group sessions of all ages.

Personal Goals

But choosing the right one for you all depends on your personal goals and what’s important to you. Are you trying to get active? Looking to heal an injury? Hoping to lose weight and maintain a set weight for the long-term?

Most personal trainers are willing to discuss at length their approach to fitness. You can do a bit of research, ask friends who are currently training or talk to a personal trainer about your concerns. You may even choose to drop by the studio and do a trial class. See things for yourself, and if you like the rapport and expertise the personal trainer is sharing in class, then maybe it’s worth signing up for sessions.

Why try Studio 51 in Whangarei?

Before your fitness search ends, consider how Studio 51 can be the best place to start. Here are three things that are notably great about Studio 51.

  1. Train hard and train safe. It’s not about burning out like a star and maximizing your body’s capacity, it’s also about training the right way and preventing injury in the process.
  2. A variety of the best Whangarei PTs to choose from. There’s a PT for strength, a body conditioning expert, a movement coach with a background in nutrition and an all-rounder when it comes to mobility exercises.
  3. We train people of all ages and fitness levels. Teens, men and ladies – we have group classes specifically catered to various age groups. It’s about getting bodies stronger, freer and moving! From low impact workouts to high intensity session, Studio 51 has you covered.

Check out what we have to offer at Studio 51 today and sign up for one of our group classes. Find your workout motivation with us!

I went to see Nicci on my wife’s recommendation after developing extreme lumbar muscular pain.
As a 38 year old male, this is not something I would normally have made time for, but the results were remarkable.

Within 3 days I was completely pain free. I found Nicci very professional, first localising my pain and then taking me through some targeted stretching.

I strongly recommend seeing Nicci and taking her advice.

Ben Irwin