Tribe Team Training Explodes in Gyms

Tribe Team Training Explodes in Gyms

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Tribe Team Training Explodes in Gyms

By Jamie Hayes

For the past few years gyms have been losing members to highly-focused competitors running outside bootcamps and online programs.

It would be natural to think bootcamps in parks and on beaches don’t pay any rent and so they must be much cheaper. But there are successful bootcamps around Australia charging up to $100 a week, so it’s not about the money. People are paying for a different experience and (hopefully) better results.


There are small but powerful differences between attending a small group training program and joining a team. Some small group training programs hardly change; the workout on Monday is the same as the workout on Thursday. Some have a focus on one piece of equipment such as suspension training or kettlebell workouts, and at some you find yourself lost in the crowd and never see a familiar soul.

With many small group training programs people can just come and go as they please and rarely connect with other members. They don’t develop the team camaraderie where they get to know each other, push each other and support each other during the workout and even between sessions online. All of these things add up to create a stronger commitment whereby the members become regulars and consistently work hard – two essential ingredients for great results.

If you’re a member at a gym, you have two options: you’re on your own or you pay for a personal trainer. Of course larger gyms also offer group exercise classes, but in a large class there’s no accountability or teamwork, and frequently no connection or camaraderie with others. You can slacken off, or don’t turn up, and nobody notices.


Great results are a function of the program design: how it changes session to session, how regularly you show up and how hard you work. Most people feel they train harder when they train with a buddy, and even harder under the motivation of a trainer. In a team environment you have the peer pressure of the team as well.


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