Social media is everything nowadays. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter. Being “social” has taken over everything from making online purchases, to hitching rides, to even processing payments for businesses. It’s a crazy social world out there. While “social” media is an integral part of our lives, the real social aspect of life is interacting with people in the same room still. The definition of social media is to participate in social networking. Making friends and making real connections (not just a Facebook “friends” who you’ve never met before) is still the backbone of our society. It’s something that people still value, and look for in their daily lives.
Semi-private training allows that to happen organically. You are inevitably working out with a few people in the same room, sharing equipment and getting to know people more than in a normal gym situation. As opposed to the autonomy of a big box gym, or the isolation of totally private training, the small private studio atmosphere allows people to communicate with each other day in and day out. With semi-private training, people to tend to lift at similar times with many of the same people. As people get more comfortable with each other, people tend to open up and form bonds and they get strong(er) together. I have seen this happen numerous times!
Lots of my clients over the years have even taken that gym friendship and created long lasting friendships outside the gym. It is a real cool thing to witness, knowing it is all coming together under my “roof”. As an example of this, some of the ladies even got one of my clients baby gifts after her first born a year ago. That wouldn’t happen in a big box gym culture!
In addition to that, the collaborative spirit of semi-private training lends itself to support inside the gym. You can often find members cheering others on as they go for a particularly heavy or difficult lift. Goes to show how powerful this little semi-private model is for friendships. Semi-private training makes real connections, real friendships, real social networks.