The Workouts

What is Group Training?

Simply stated, group training is a workout performed in a group setting.  At GymMatrix group training involves all of the necessary phases that constitute a complete workout.  These phases include:  proper warm-up, flexibility (stretching), weight training, cardiovascular exercise and core training (abs and balance/stability work).  GymMatrix members workout in groups and are coached through the session by a certified personal trainer.

It is interesting to note that the group dynamic fosters a more motivating experience as opposed to training alone or one to one with a trainer.  The importance of training in groups is clear based on the following study.

Group Rowing Study
A group of anthropologists from the University of Oxford’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology asked a group of 12 rowers to work out in a virtual boat in a gym used for normal training. In each of four tests they were to row continuously for 45 minutes, first as members of one of two teams of six, and then in separate sessions as individuals unobserved by the other members of the team.

Exercise has long been known to increase a person’s ability to tolerate pain. So after each session, the scientists measured the rowers’ pain thresholds by measuring how long they could tolerate an inflated blood pressure cuff on the arm. Although the rowers evidenced increased pain tolerance after every one of the sessions, they had significantly larger tolerance to pain after the group training, as compared with the effect of exercising individually.

Professor Robin Dunbar, head of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford, concluded that although all physical activity results in a release of endorphins – the feel-good chemical – the synchrony of the shared physical activity appeared to create a ‘ramped up’ endorphin release, which may have something to do with communal bonding.

So when we do things in groups, we feel a rush of ‘we’re-all-in-this-together’ elation that actually allows us to resist difficulties, including pain. [1]

[1] Group Intention: A Field effect, Online, October 9th, 2009 by Lynne McTaggart

Group Training at GymMatrix

Group Training has been practiced in professional settings for many years.  Professional athletes often workout in this manner coached by a trainer in their off-season programs.  However, no group-training program for the general public has ever been offered on a large scale.  GymMatrix is the first franchise concept to create a complete program for members based on true Group Personal Training for fitness.  GymMatrix provides this training in a small, intimate group format.  Each franchise location offers a minimum of 35 convenient sessions per week.

At GymMatrix, we believe that the best fitness results can be achieved with a combination of traditional weight room training and floor exercise that includes plyometric and isometric resistance workouts.  Each of our sessions begin with a proper warm-up that leads into flexibility exercise.  Each of the sessions end with core training.  We incorporate cardiovascular training as a part of the isometric and plyometric training, or as a 20 minute segment of the traditional weight room workout.

The 3 sessions offered at every GymMatrix location are GMX-U which is our upper body session, GMX-L which is our lower body session and GMX-T which is our high intensity Total Body session.  Click Here to view our standard session schedule.