Small Group Training VS Personal Training: Which One is For You?

It all comes down to your goals—and what motivates you to get moving!
Looking to find some renewed workout motivation? You’re not alone.

The middle way: Small Group Training

Small group training is the best of both worlds. You get the attention to detail, help with technique, as well as the group energy of support and encouragement that comes with a community.  Coaches have groups of 2 to 8 people through strength-building, heart-pumping circuits and indoor cycling classes.  Small group training allows for lots of modifications and alternate exercises geared toward each of our client’s needs and goals. People work harder and smarter in a small group.  When you have a room of fun people (versus just one fun trainer) it creates an environment that really does feel more fun—and humor and camaraderie no doubt ease those not-very-fun moments of a workout.

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Personal Training

If someone is looking for training that will be relationship-based,  works on your schedule, and 100% focused on you, then private one-on-one personal training is the best bet.  The personal trainer is going to gear every workout, exercise, repetition, and set towards the client’s main goal—whether it’s to trim down for a role or reach a goal weight (As long as their diet plan remains in check). Personal trainers do whatever it takes to make that happen. Private personal training can be safer than working in groups, if your new to exercise or have been out to the game for a while because the trainer is focusing on one person’s moves, form, biomechanics, and breathing technique. If a client has a dragging shoulder, or their breathing is off, or any other minute discrepancy, it can be corrected immediately.  We also recommend private personal training sessions to all our Small Group Training Clients to improve form and techniques.

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Still not convinced?  Visit Guruz Fitness, where you have the options to have a Private Personal Training Session or Small Group Training.

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Mari Gras Healthy Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

 

healthy jamblaya

The slow cooker makes easy work of this healthy jambalaya featuring brown rice and plenty of veggies. If you don’t want to make your own seasoning, just skip Step 1 and use 1½ teaspoons purchased salt-free Cajun seasoning in Step 2.

Ingredients

  • Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Jambalaya
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves or thighs
  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced (2 cups)
  • 2 large onions, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ (6 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato paste ( ⅓ cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups brown rice
  • ¾ cup chopped assorted sweet peppers
  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (see Tips)
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • Celery leaves (optional)

Preparation

  • Prep  20 mins

  • Ready In  5 h 20 mins

  1. To prepare Cajun seasoning: In a small bowl, stir together onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper, paprika, black pepper and cayenne to taste.
  2. To prepare jambalaya: Cut chicken into ¾-inch pieces. In a 3- ½- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine chicken, celery, onions, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, Cajun Seasoning, garlic, and salt.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4- ½ to 5- ½ hours or on high-heat setting for 2- ¼ to 2- ¾ hours.
  4. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in uncooked rice and sweet peppers. Cover and cook about 30 minutes more or until most of the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  5. Before serving, thaw shrimp, if frozen. Stir shrimp and parsley into chicken mixture. If desired, garnish each serving with celery leaves.
  • Tips: If desired, leave tails on shrimp.
  • For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition information

Serving size: 1½ cups

  • Per serving: 211 calories; 2 g fat(0 g sat); 4 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 25 mcg folate; 88 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 687 IU vitamin A; 22 mg vitamin C; 54 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 415 mg sodium; 340 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (37% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1½
  • Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 1½ starch, 2 lean meat

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Why we HIIT at Guruz Fitness Studio

Why we HIIT

It’s been called the closest thing to an exercise pill. And while it might take a bit more effort, there is now no doubt at all that high-intensity interval training is just what the doctor ordered.

Anyone who follows the latest in fitness news knows that HIIT is a hit. A big hit. But high-intensity interval training is much more than a fad – it is a scientifically proven way to build cardiovascular fitness, and research is revealing plenty more health benefits it can bestow. Here are five of the top researched reasons to put HIIT on your own workout list:

  • HIIT improves lean body mass and maximal oxygen consumption, while drastically cutting the risk of heart disease.
  • HIIT is extremely effective at cutting stubborn and unhealthy tummy fat.
  • In both young (18 to 30) and older (65 to 80) exercisers, a major study showed HIIT had by far the greatest activation of muscle and fat-burning capacity, when compared with other types of exercise.
  • HIIT has been shown to be much better than other workouts for producing excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), meaning your body continues to use oxygen and burn fat long after you’ve stopped exercising.
  • HIIT has been shown to be more enjoyable – in one study 92 percent of participants favored a HIIT workout over traditional moderate continuous exercise.

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