Many group exercise instructors assume that because they can manage a room of 20 people they will be great at group Personal Trainer (PT). Some PTs assume that because they know how to train one person, they can train four. It’s the same thing right? Not true.
Small Group Training is a very different animal and is becoming increasingly popular amongst PTs as it brings in greater revenue per hour. This is great when delivered effectively, however this form of training is commonly misunderstood and often badly delivered.
What is Small Group Training?
‘A fee based, systematic, periodised program designed and configured for 2-8 people covering all aspects of exercise designed to get results with the majority of clients the majority of the time, utilising options due to the presence of multiple skill sets and goals’ (Robert Esquerre).
The take home points from this explanation are:
- FEE BASED
- MULTIPLE SKILL SETS
How Do I Do It?
Well let’s break down the above definition based on what I do.
- I run 30 minute sessions 4 x per week with eight people in each session paying £10 pp. Two sessions are run back to back each time giving me an hourly rate of £160 (fee based).
- The sessions are run on the same day and at the same time each week, with the first session being for lead-off clients and the second session being for the transitional clients (multiple skill sets).
- As I know the skill level of each group I am able to write an eight week periodised programme for each group.
- Because I use ViPRs I have the ability to regress or progress an exercise instantaneously if needed (Goals and multiple skill sets – meeting client’s needs).
- As long as I know the above structure is applied then I know that results will be achieved.
Structure of Workout
Movement Preparation + Games (ViPR) – 5 minutes
Main Session – 2 groups of 4; 1 group completes a set number of Step Sprints (group A), whilst the other (group B) completes a ViPR circuit. Once group A completes the steps, the groups swap over. Repeat x 4 -20 minutes
Mobility (ViPR) – 5 minutes
Please Note – Using ViPRs allows me to differentiate myself from other small group programme.
More about Adam:
Adam has been in the fitness industry for 15 years, joining from an elite sporting background having been an international 400 metre hurdler. He currently works as a respected Personal Trainer, Educator and Presenter in the UK.
Aside from this, Adam is also part of the PTA Global Faculty, an International Master Trainer for ViPR and a Lead Presenter for Fitpro where he specialises in the delivery and development of coaching and communication skill based courses and workshops, helping fitness professionals understand the importance of behaviour change.
Adam regularly presents at conventions and conferences throughout the UK and Europe including Register of Exercise Professionals regional conferences, he was also considered to be one of London’s top six personal trainers in the Evening Standard’s ES magazine.