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Keep These Things in Mind When Creating Successful Small Group Training Programs


One of the biggest trends for 2016 in health and fitness is small group, or semi-private training. With small group training the workouts can be modified to fit the needs of each individual, yet still have the energy and enthusiasm that is included with a group. Whether you’re training in a small studio, or a larger facility, it takes minimal space, and can always be adapted to the equipment available.

Cater to the Group and the Individual

A great way to work with small groups is to understand both the needs of the group and the individual members. Focus on the basics, but allow each exerciser to have some autonomy in their workout.

For example, if you are doing lunges, let exercisers choose from a selection of lunges—lateral, forward, with rotation—because it gives them a more personal feel. But, keep in mind the workout itself is only a part of why exercisers are there. Small groups are a great way to add motivation. Encouraging interaction between members helps them get to know each other, which helps with accountability.

Use Any Setting

As a trainer, the best part about small group training is that it can be done in any setting—a group fitness room, small studio or boutique gym, or even a larger gym on the main floor or strength training area. Create stations or areas where each exercise or series of exercises take place. One area can focus around a specific piece of equipment, or around the body part your trying to use.  Small group and semi-private training has become such a trend that leading equipment manufacturers now design equipment to fit those needs. For the same reasons, large gyms are now setting up specific areas for these groups to take place.

Thoughtfully Combine Spaces and People

The two most important aspects of small group training are spaces and people. As stated earlier, space can be nearly anywhere, but having a pre-planned workout area helps. As for the people, you want the most personable trainers leading groups. Ideally, your small group can range from four to eight people with similar goals and fitness abilities. However, there’s no reason you can’t adapt to varying abilities. 

Understand the Financial Benefits for Clubs and Exercisers

Financially, small group training is a win-win for everyone. It’s much cheaper for clients than one-on-one training. Yet, the facility and trainers benefit more per session than one-on-one training because of multiple member payments.



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