Small Group Personal Training is becoming an increasingly popular choice for fitness enthusiasts to learn how to train correctly while staying motivated and accountable to their goals. Small Group PT differs greatly from it’s ‘One-To-One’ and ‘Large Group Class’ counterparts and in many ways is the perfect fusion of the two training modalities.
Here is a brief rundown of each training option.
Small Group Personal Training
● Client receives more education than large group classes
● Amazing camaraderie in groups of 3-5 people
● Increased competition compared to 1-1 PT
● More affordable than 1-1 PT for sustainability
● Requires qualified, exceptional level of coaching
● Excellent for delivering optimal results
Results should be the number one driver for people to make their decision when starting their fitness journey and hiring a Personal Trainer. Small Group PT is an awesome way to deliver amazing results to the client, while creating a fun environment to train. Small Group PT can deliver results just as well as One-To-One PT, if not better.
Small Group PT clients can expect more fun and camaraderie with fellow group members as well as a dollop of friendly competition to help clients push themselves harder in each and every session. Small Groups can also be an amazing way to train because an exceptional coach will know each clients goals and exercise history and can then cater to each individual needs within the group.
Large Group Classes
● 10-30 Participants
● 1 Coach
● Generalized Programming; No individualization
● Cheaper cost for consumer
Fitness education should always be a fundamental instrument for coaches to help clients create sustainable lifestyle changes. This is where large group classes fall short in helping clients. As clients attend in large groups of 10-30 people, they tend to get lost in the crowd and most feel embarrassed to ask for individual attention. They then do not always understand why they are performing certain movements and tend to perform many movements incorrectly, which can lead to injury and client attrition. Ideally, the goal of each session should be to help clients understand their fitness program and why they are performing each movement.
One-To-One Personal Training
● Highly Customized Training Program
● Well Educated Coach
● Precision Movement
● Delivers optimal results
● More expensive cost to consumer
One-To-One PT has tremendous benefit for those requiring more precision and attention, like rehabilitation for an injury, in their fitness program. Once the client has been brought to an appropriate level of general fitness, they could now look at joining a small group at a more affordable rate to continue their progress.
In summary, each modality of training has its own strengths and weaknesses, but it would seem that Small Group PT is the perfect blend of all worlds. Clients can achieve great results in a fun and inclusive environment with an educated and qualified coach. And the lower cost will allow them to continue their training for motivation and sustainability. This is a win-win scenario for both clients and coaches and a very positive direction for the future of fitness.