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Large Group Training – You Got This

By Sherri

I have shared many of my small group training tips with you, but today I want to focus on large group training. We have recently had some very large boot camp groups. Here are the strategies I use to ensure everyone gets an effective workout, things run smoothly and everyone stays safe.

When you have that large of a group, you need to consider the types of exercise, equipment, sequencing and how to divide the group so it’s not pure chaos. I choose to keep it really simple and perform mostly body weight exercises.

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Group Training – More Tips!

By Sherri

13640725_10154285118073607_1238369937856848424_oOver the last couple months we have reviewed many ways to make your group training sessions successful…

Can you believe it? I have even more tips to help make your Group Training Sessions/Program successful! These are the same tips that I give the trainers that work at Northwest Personal Training.

Make Clients Accountable

All of our Group Training clients meet with a trainer initially to establish a schedule that suits their needs, lifestyle and goals best.  They are then scheduled into our Group Training appointment calendar so we know when they are supposed to be there.  If a client does not show up for a scheduled Group Training session, be sure to call them immediately.  Remember not to judge, but it is our job to help our clients commit to their goals.  If a client repeatedly misses a session, ask if perhaps we should reassess their schedule and create a plan that would be easier to commit to. Read more on Group Training – More Tips!…

4 Secrets to Group Training Success

By Sherri

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Over the last couple months we have reviewed many ways to make your group training sessions successful…

Today, I want to share 4 of my secretes that will make your group training sessions successful.

Work Your Clients Hard

Clients like to know that you’re able to push them a little harder than what they are able to do on their own.  This adds value to your sessions because they know they couldn’t do it on their own. Read more on 4 Secrets to Group Training Success…

Group Training – Do Circuits Right!

By Sherri

group training1The last few weeks we have discussed:

Today lets talk about how to do circuits right in your group training session. We all use them, but here are my tips to making circuits fun and how to make them work for you and your clients!

When using circuits, be sure to teach them in a timely fashion

When it is time to teach the group the next exercises in the upcoming circuit, be sure to do it quickly and concisely. You don’t want people waiting around watching for too long.

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Group Training – Before Your Session

By Sherri

13507010_10154231000758607_7840138003772259393_nWe have discussed the importance to having a plan when it comes to Group Training and the benefits of Group Training. Today I want to give you some pointers on what to do right before your session begins. Impress your clients every time when you follow these suggestions!

Technical Preparation

  • Have a goal, purpose or format – clients like to know you are organized.
  • Have your music cued and ready to go – don’t forget your back-up music
  • Prepare any equipment needs

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Group Training – Have a Plan!

By Sherri

grouptrainingLast week we discussed the benefits of having a group training program. Now that we know why it is a good idea to have a group training program, I wanted to give you a plan for success when teaching your group training programs!

Study Your Group

All of your clients should complete a Client Information Questionnaire before they enroll in your programs. If you see a new person in your group, ask them if they have any concerns, injuries, medical issues you should be aware of.  Ask them if they mind if you review their Client Information Questionnaire so you can better know their history and goals. They’ll appreciate that you care and will be more likely to want to return to your programs because you know who they are and what they want.

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Benefits of Group Training

By Sherri

10898214_10152878772266321_1183238435510824335_nLast week I blogged about how to make a new group training client feel welcome. This week I want to take a step back and discuss the benefits (to the personal trainer and client) of having a group training program.

Group Training sounds like a smart idea on paper, but how do you structure programs and sessions for group of people all with fitness levels, needs and goals?  And what results can clients expect with only 1/3 to 1/4 of the attention they would normally get from a private trainer?

Although programming for groups and managing sessions is more complex and, yes, a degree of personal attention is sacrificed—these disadvantages are offset by the opportunity to train people who otherwise couldn’t afford it. It feels great to make fitness and exercise accessible to all people regardless of age, economic background or fitness level.

So why does Group Training work?  It works because everybody wins.

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New Group Training Client

By Sherri

download (10)Here at Northwest Personal Training we are very proud of our Group Training Program. We keep class sizes small, our own personal trainers teach most of our classes and we ask clients to commit to specific classes and times in the current schedule. This helps hold them accountable for coming to class and allows us to send out motivating emails to the entire class.

When we have a new group training client we make a special effort to make him/her feel welcome and also make sure that all of the group training instructors are aware of the new client, the new client’s goals, limitations and the classes the new client has committed to coming to.

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Building a Successful Group Training Schedule

By Sherri

12189907_10153647039978607_627955829296153599_nBuilding a successful group training schedule can be a daunting task. There are many factors to take into consideration and sometimes it is difficult to know where to start! We revamp our group training schedule 3 times per year. These changes coincide with the client surveys that we conduct 3 times per year (scheduled into our Yearly Marketing Plan).

Your fist step is going to be to create and send out a client survey that will provide you with the feedback you need to develop a group program that will serve the needs of your current clients. Read more on Building a Successful Group Training Schedule…

The ‘How To’ of Group Training

By Sherri

Yesterday, I taught a 2 hour Webinar on how to Make Money at Group Training and how to practically manage a group training session.

Group Training is definitely the wave of the future in Personal Training because it’s a win:win:win. It’s good for the client because they can access more frequent training at a lower rate plus they enjoy the group energy and group accountability. It’s great for the trainer because it mixes up the energy (less personal drama), they can earn a higher wage for the same hour and it’s just a ton of fun. And it’s a win for the business because you can generate higher revenues for the same period of time and achieve a higher level of profitability.

But if you don’t understand how to effectively program, package, bundle, market and promote your group programs, your potential will be greatly limited. And if you haven’t figured out how to effectively manage a large group and create the type of energy that people don’t want to live without, again, your success will be limited.

I’m teaching a group session today at noon. And although I have a plan for the workout, most of my thoughts are centered around what can I do to create an awesome experience for my clients today. Whether it’s a fun joke I’ll tell them. Or offer some cool fitness trivia. Or create the perfect music playlist. Today, I”m teaching a Brick Workout – 20 minutes on the bike, 20 minutes run and 20 minutes Core Conditioning. For the run segment, I’ve made up some fun chants to help them take their mind off the challenging effort that running always offers. So it works like this, I yell out the first line, they repeat. Then I yell the second line, they repeat. Think military chants. Here’s a couple sample chants that I’ll be leading today.

Exercising Everyday
Getting fit in every way
Working out night and day
Getting strong in every way
NWPT

Bootcamp, Bootcamp is so fun!
Look at me and see me run.
Working out from noon to one
In the rain, cold or sun

Feeling good & Getting Strong
Being healthy all day long
I am fit and I am strong
Muscles getting lean and long
My heart is pumping hard and strong
Exercise ain’t never wrong

Hope this gives you some ideas.

Yours in Health, Fitness and Business,
Sherri

ps. I wanted to let you know that the 2 hour Webinar I did yesterday is for sale for $99. It will be a great resource that you can refer to forever. Plus the $99 you spend will create so much more than that. Last year we did $100,000 in Group Training and an additional $150,000 in events. Just email Kari, our education director at kari@nwpersonaltraining.com and she’ll hook you up.

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