As a trainer, I’ve been offering small group training for about 10 years. It began because one-on-one training can get expensive, and some of my clients asked if there was a way to get additional sessions in the week for less, with about the same quality individual experience. So, at the time, I began putting small groups of individuals together for common workouts, but still planning it like a personal training session.
What’s the difference between Small Group Training and group exercise classes?
Group Exercise Classes:
Wow, it’s actually huge! Group exercise classes are so much fun to teach—the group size is only limited by the size of the room (Zumba often gets 60 some participants!). The teacher works out with the group, primarily cueing and instructing while also participating. With the large number of people, and the dynamic of the instructor working out, there is a lot less personal attention. (Although I do really try to get to know the folks in my classes, and offer them a friendly, fun, and inclusive environment). That means that if you have individual problems, the instructor can only graze over the surface of giving modifications, and suggestions for safety are wholesale, going out to everyone generally.
Small Group Training:
Small group training, on the other hand, has a different dynamic. I get to know the people in the group more in depth, offering measurement updates regularly, and getting to know their specific health issues. Additionally, as I am not working out with the group, I’m in a better position to correct form errors and give personal instruction. And finally, I can tailor each exercise to fit each person, even though they are in a small group because the size of the group is limited to what the instructor can handle comfortably. I write up the workouts with the specific participants in mind, rather than creating choreography that everyone will just follow. Often, I also write these up and hand them out, so that individuals can recreate the workout by themselves, as well.
Here at Elite Sports Clubs, we have a great compliment of core group exercise classes for folks to try that are completely free with your membership. Small Group Training does cost a small amount per session, but the prices have actually come down since I began.
Written by Melissa Abramovich, ACE CPT, NASM CGT, AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist at Elite Sports Club-River Glen
Melissa Abramovich went into Personal Training and Group Exercise instruction after successfully losing 140 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. Her desire to help others drove her forward into a career helping others to make healthier choices. She is an ACE certified personal trainer and now also a Medical Exercise Specialist (AAHFRP), helping clients with a myriad of health issues at Elite Sports Clubs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, and many group exercise related certifications as well.