Top 10 Benefits of Small Group Training

01/22/2012 at 2:09 PM 3 comments

Small Group Training (SGT), or semi-private training (usually 2-10 participants) is rapidly becoming one of the hottest trends in the fitness industry. In fact, IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) listed SGT as the #5 in their list of top health club trends for 2012.

There are some very good reasons why SGT is becoming so popular. Here’s my top 10 benefits (in no particular order). SGT offers:
1. More personal attention – While Group Exercise offers many benefits, the instructors are not always able to see and correct each individual class member.
2. More economical – Personal Training provides the most personal attention and greatest opportunity to succeed. Some people, however, may find that SGT fits into their budget better and still gives them the attention they need.
3. Variety – By working with a knowledgeable fitness professional, your workouts will change/evolve as you progress, preventing hitting a plateau and boredom.
4. Camaraderie – Let’s face it, workouts love company. Sharing the workout enhances the experience for participants.
5. Motivation – Having someone exercising right beside you can push you a little harder than you might do on your own.
6. Support – Both the Trainer and other participants are there to help you get through the challenges of the workout and the obstacles in life.
7. Greater focus – There’s no time to let your mind wander with a Trainer keeping tight programming and watching your every move.
8. Fun – Yes, fun. The right exercise program done with friends can definitely be fun.
9. Adherence – Research shows that members that are involved in programs are more likely stick with it. With all of the previously listed benefits, how could you not want to keep coming back?
10. Results – When you stick with a well constructed program, you will get the results.

So, Small Group Training, this missing link between Group Exercise and One on One Personal Training, may be the answer to helping you reach your goals in 2012. Give it a try.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chad Anderson, CSCS  |  02/13/2012 at 1:21 PM

    Small groups are great. The biggest challenge I face when working with groups is keeping everyone on task. Since the group is usually a group of friends, it’s easy for them to socialize and get off track. Otherwise, I find most people enjoy them and definitely tend to be more consistent with their exercise when working out with a couple of their friends.

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    • 2. mnutting  |  02/13/2012 at 2:38 PM

      I know what you mean, Chad. Sometimes I have clients that want to chat with their buddies the whole time. There’s nothing wrong with some of that as it increases their enjoyment factor and bonds them to the group. But, we also need to get some work done. I’ve found that a tightly timed program keeps them more on track. Thanks for your insight. Keep up the good work.

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  • 3. nick  |  02/23/2015 at 6:09 PM

    This is great thanks.

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