Group Training or Personal Training? Why not BOTH? | Team Afterburn

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Saving money on your gym experience shouldn’t come at the cost of your trainer’s expertise and knowledge! It also shouldn’t come at the expense of a fun, friendly environment! At Team Afterburn we strive to offer the best of both worlds: group training that offers a fun, competitive, encouraging environment, but small enough to maintain the same quality as a personal trainer!


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What is the real difference in one-on-one training vs group training? Let’s get the elephant out of the room first and foremost: group training is much cheaper! Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the health and fitness benefits for you! Each type of training is typically going to be run by a certified personal trainer, which is exactly what we offer at Team Afterburn. So, your ability to lean on the industry knowledge of your trainer should hopefully be about equal in both settings. With a small group setting, however, you share in your experiences with other members, create new relationships and friendships, and ultimately develop a level of accountability you couldn’t otherwise do in a one-on-one setting.


We also live in an extremely busy world these days. A one-on-one trainer, like the rest of us, only has 24 hours in their day. We too have select hours we are open, but we aren’t limited to just one person each hour and we also don’t limit you to which hour you choose each day!


One common benefit to personal training is that over time the needs of the specific person being trained need to be catered to more and more. The skill set of the trainer becomes apparent as they need to hone and craft their training to the individual. Well, at Team Afterburn we go a step further! We sit you down on a monthly basis and do a reassessment to track your progress and see how you are doing when it comes to reaching your own personal goals! Additionally, we offer meal planning as well, all included with your membership!


In short, Team Afterburn offers the same high quality instruction, plus some additional perks, that you would get in a one-on-one environment, while also providing a fun, friendly, supportive environment full of people just like you! Oh, and we’re cheaper too 🙂


Don’t just take our word for it, though! Check out our amazing reviews on Google and Facebook along with our member testimonials on our web site at Better yet, come on down to the studio, take a class, sit down with our owner Phil, and meet some new, friendly faces! We can’t wait to see you!

There’s a reason why we tout the 45 minute workout at Team Afterburn, where you burn the most amount of calories in the least amount of time. We live in a busy world with buys lives! High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) helps us maintain the ability to work out, effectively, while not having to adjust our daily routines. Whether it’s before work, during your lunch break, or even during that small window the kids are at practice, Team Afterburn offers the ability to get in an incredibly effective, efficient working through the application of HIIT. Research has shown that HIIT training has shown the same results as other cardio and metabolic workouts in as little as 25% of the time invested.



If you still aren’t quite sure what HIIT is, check out a prior blog we did on how it works: HIIT: What is it and is it effective?

You’ll Melt Away Fat

Of course during an intense HIIT workout you will burn a crazy amount of calories, but it’s the Afterburn Effect (EPOC effect) that really makes this an amazing workout! When you ask your body to work so hard during that workout, it will go into recovery mode for up to 24 hours after the workout, meaning you continue to burn calories at an elevated level after you leave the gym!

Your Heart Will Get Stronger

For most people, getting into that red zone (90% of max heart rate and above) is no fun. It’s difficult and means we are pushing ourselves to the limit. However, max training means max results. Studies have shown that those who do continued HIIT workouts for as little as 6-8 weeks see an improvement of up to double their anaerobic capacity (running, biking, etc).

Heavy Equipment Not Required

We love using weights to help supplement the heart rate spike and to add an extra element, but they certainly aren’t required for an effective HIIT workout!  Members will often get intimidated by the large weights and think that the gym is not for them because they aren’t ready for weights like that. That’s ok, you don’t have to! High knee sprints, fast feet with touchdown/box jump, and jump lunges all work as a fantastic way to get that heart racing..

Getting Lean, Not Weak

There’s a reason why we alternate between cardio and weight days at Team Afterburn. Studies have shown that a combination of both resistance training and HIIT workouts allows us to maintain our hard earned muscle while losing most of our weight from fat storage!

Increased Metabolism

HIIT workouts can encourage the production of human growth hormone in our bodies by over 400% during that Afterburn Effect! HGH not only causes us to burn more calories, but it also helps us maintain that nice, young look and feel!

You Can Do It Anywhere

While we certainly hope you do your HIIT workouts with us at Team Afterburn where you get the benefit of accountability, certified trainers, and of course a group of friends, we do realize that life doesn’t always allow for a trip to the gym. You can always do your favorite exercises like burpees, jump squats, and all of the other great non-equipment workouts from the comforts of….well, anywhere!

It’s Challenging

HIIT workouts require you to dig deep and bring out a side of you that is not only rewarding physically, but mentally. You will need to give it your all the entire time you are working out, resisting that desire to slow down or even quit. Ultimately, that leads to some pretty awesome mental rewards!

If you’d like to know more about what we do at Team Afterburn and how we incorporate HIIT into our workouts, or if you are still looking for a little more info, check us out online at and on Facebook at!

accountability partner

We often struggle to reach our goals and quite figure out exactly why. We work hard when we are in the gym, we eat well pretty often, so what gives? We’re here to tell you that the solution often boils down to one simple thing: an accountability partner!


Of all the advice and tips you will receive when it comes to your health and fitness, finding an accountability partner is right up at the top. Some people are scared of this step because it requires you to let someone else in on your personal business. Someone else needs to know what you are doing and how you are doing it. Getting over that fear will do amazing things for your results!


People expect the best advice to be some magical workout tips like cutting out carbs, working out in the morning, or doing squats until you can’t do them anymore! Sure, those things can be helpful, but being held accountable is second to none! The biggest thing we struggle with is consistency and cutting corners. If we all had someone there making sure we didn’t cut those corners, our results would be so much more than what they are!


Of course, we still believe that high intensity interval training based on a combination of strength and cardio along with a healthy diet is the basis for a healthy, happy life. However, all of that is worthless if you don’t actually do it, and do it consistently! Whether it’s someone you met at the gym, or someone who is already a friend or family member, working out with an accountability partner is absolutely essential to maximizing potential for the majority of us.


Sure, the select few can get by flying solo, but if you think you’re one of those people, take a few things into consideration first:

  • Are you reaching your goals in the timeframe you expected?
  • What things are getting in the way?
  • Do you skip workouts or splurge on food/drinks often?


The answers to those questions will give you a pretty good idea of whether or not an accountability partner will help you reach your goals. For most of us, we need one! At Team Afterburn we help cultivate friendships and there is no shortage of accountability partners! Come on down to the studio and check out a class for yourself, but in the meantime check out what other members have experienced at and also on Facebook at