"There is a group energy," he said. That can help class members push themselves.
"You don't want to be the first to stop," Faw said.
"They want results. That's a fair expectation," he added. "They also want social interaction. They want stress relief."
"A lot of my clients also want variety," Faw said. That's difficult to achieve on your own, without the training and knowledge of a certified instructor.
Boot camp classes certainly use equipment such as weights and sometimes even machines. But Faw and Clendenin can design workouts that are much more functional in nature.
You can work your leg muscles on a leg press machine, certainly. But in real life, we don't use our legs that way — we squat and bend and move in ways that are less controlled than we are when we sit in or on a weight machine.
"Machines still have a place," Faw said, but they have limitations.
Faw, who is in his 50s, has observed that he works with a much more diverse clientele than he did when he first got into this business.
"Now we have children and baby boomers, executives who travel, weekend warriors who want a return to glory," he said. "And all these people have different motivations. Personal training now has to address much broader needs and expectations if you want to be viable — and valuable."