Exercise classes are a wonderful way to get your body moving, and stay motivated in your wellness journey. Admittedly they're not for everyone, but if you are the kind of person who thrives in a class environment, being surrounded by like-minded people, and having a qualified professional guiding you through the class, it makes exercise classes really powerful.


With most fitness classes there’s usually a choice to be made between large groups, and smaller, more intimate classes. While you can get a lot out of either type of class, there is something to be said for the smaller groups, so we wanted to share some of the benefits you can enjoy from classes with limited numbers of people attending:

Personal Support

The number one benefit of attending a smaller class is that you can enjoy much more personal, tailored support. When there are fewer people in a class, your instructor is able to spend more time offering you specific advice and support, which means you get more out of the session, and often see greater results. This is particularly beneficial if you are new to a certain type of exercise, have specific health concerns that need to be considered, or are attending an exercise class where form is particularly important.

More Adapatable

Smaller classes also mean that it’s easier to adapt the exercises according to you needs. While instructors in larger groups will often suggest alternatives, it’s rarely personalised to your specific situation, as they often can’t get round to everyone within a session. In a more intimate setting you can simply inform your instructor of anything you can’t do, and they’ll be able to give you a personalised recommendation to adapt the move so you still get a good workout.

Calmer Environment

While a large exercise class can be great for a high energy workout, smaller sessions typically offer a much calmer environment. This can result in a much more relaxing and focused exercise session, and this can be especially valuable when you’re practising things like yoga, meditation, or Pilates, where focus is a key part of the exercise. It’s also a great environment for shy or introverted individuals, who might find large groups intimidating.

More Intimate

One of the things we love seeing is the friendships that are formed in our Yoga and Pilates classes, and while bonds certainly are formed in larger group classes, it’s often much easier to get to know people in a more intimate environment. This is especially true if you’re able to attend the same class on a regular basis; you can’t help but get to know others in the session, and as a result it’s a really great way to make new friends. Plus having a small group of friendly faces to greet each week can make attending your exercise session much more enjoyable, which will increase your chances of sticking to your new fitness regime.

Ultimately it all comes down to personal preference when choosing an exercise class – some people need the hubbub and energy of a large group to motivate them, others prefer a more relaxed, quieter environment.

Many people enjoy a mix, and it may depend entirely on the class their attending. Plus, there are many other things that might influence your enjoyment – the instructor, the venue, the exercise itself.

So, if you’re new to exercise classes, or just getting back into it after a break, why not try a few options and see which you prefer. 

If you’re interested in Yoga or Pilates, our team at Meadows Wellbeing run a full timetable of small, intimate sessions each week.