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The Benefits of Small Group Training

Our fitness business caters to personal training, semi-private and small group training. And, due to this business model, we have discovered a plethora of benefits to all three; however, this week we will highlight the benefits of small group training and next week we will feature the specific benefits of semi-private and personal training.

First, let’s identify the difference between personal training, semi-private and small group training. Personal training usually implies one-to-one sessions (i.e. you and your personal trainer work alone).

Semi-private sessions, which in my experience are often with couples or two/three friends that have similar fitness goals/objectives, are designed for those clients who wish to work with a trainer and receive more attention than in a larger group, would like to reduce the cost of working one-on-one, or just want to work out together.

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recommends that small group training is limited to 4-10 clients, in some cases perhaps 6-12 clients. The key is that the small group is small enough so that the trainer may safely and effectively address their needs as a group and, to the extent feasible, as individuals within the small group. Described below are a few of the benefits to small group training and if your facility does not currently offer a small group training programming option, suggest they do-it is a win-win. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

Small Group Training Benefits

• In a well-designed small group training program, many of the same procedures take place prior to the program beginning that are expected in semi-private and personal training programs. For example, we would anticipate that each of the participants would complete a health history questionnaire and waiver of liability, consult with the trainer to determine if their goals and objectives will align with those offered by the program, and have a thorough fitness assessment performed by the trainer to establish a fitness baseline from which to assess progress, and to determine the participant’s limitations so that appropriate modifications may be made throughout the program to address those limitations.

• Small group training fees may be significantly less than semi-private or personal training program fees as the total program cost is shared equally among the participants.

• Your slot in the program is protected as you pay your fees up front – a wonderful stress reduction benefit.

• Orientation to the program: We would also assume that the trainer would meet with the small group to discuss the program format and all details relevant to this program. This is a huge benefit to small group training programs, and is an excellent way to ensure everyone is on the same page and for all participants to meet one another creating a team environment.

• There is usually a specific program beginning and ending in small group training programs. For example, we would anticipate that most small group training programs would limit the program duration to 4-10 weeks. It will depend upon that program’s specific goals.

• Results Oriented: Small group training programs usually have a specific end-result that the program strives to achieve for each of the participants within the allotted time frame.

Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at, her email at, her blog at and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.