Group personal training is a growing trend in fitness. It's a little bit like a cross between a large fitness class in which the trainer instructs but doesn't get personal with clients and an individualized, goal-focused personal training session.
Before you dive into this new kind of training—and there are many reasons why you should—make sure you understand what group training is. Take our advice on how to do this kind of training right, and you'll get more clients, earn more income, and reach more people.
Small Group Training is Not a Group Fitness Class
People often confuse small group training with fitness classes. They are not the same. Small group training is a combination of personal training and group instruction. You work with a handful of people with similar goals to train and instruct. Here are some important distinctions:
A big difference is size. Group classes can have 20, 30, or even 50 people. Group training is more like five to ten people.
The smaller size means you get to focus on each individual, while in a larger class you are providing a more general workout.
You'll put more time into planning small group training because it is more specific and less general than a fitness class.
Small group training is more expensive than a larger group fitness class, with per-person fees ranging between $15 and $40 per session.
How to Do Group Training Right
If you have never done this before, take notes. Small group training is not as easy as simply getting five people together and offering exactly what you would in a personal training session. You have to consider how to maximize the time for each client and how to hit individual goals while working with a group.
Sort Participants by Ability and Experience
Getting people together by goal is essential to group success, but so is ability level. Your session will fail spectacularly if you put a newbie to the gym and working out with someone who has been lifting for years. You'll be stretched way too thin trying to help both. Use questionnaires when recruiting clients for group sessions. Ask about goals, experience, and basic fitness so that you can sort your sessions appropriately.
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