Group Training – Have a Plan!

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

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

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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Exercises for Strong Clients – Swimming

Many of us have clients that are currently training for triathlons. Of course we want to help them get and stay strong for each of the three portions of the race; swim, bike & run. Today I am going to share my top 4 exercises that can help swimmers stay strong and feel great in the water.

Most of us….and our clients probably learned how to swim when we were
younger and yet, most adults find it an incredibly challenging activity. So, remind your clients that if their bodies aren’t conditioned for swimming, their shoulders and low back may take a beating.

Here are a few exercises you can work on with your clients to help them prepare their bodies for swimming.

 

Anterior and Posterior Arm Lifts: 

Lreverseflybie on a bench holding light handweights (2-5 pounds).  Keeping your abdominals contracted and your chest slightly lifted, slowly raise the weights forward until they are horizontal with your body.  Then return to the starting position and press weights backwards.  Keep your arms only slightly bent during the entire range of motion so the motion comes from the shoulder joint not the elbow. Repeat 8-20 times.

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Exercises for Strong Clients – Golfing

As fitness professionals we see clients who need sport specific training to keep them strong and injury free. In many parts of the country golfers are starting to hit the course this time of year. Arm your golfing clients with the exercises that will keep them golfing all season.

I have found that golfers, in particular, love their sport so much they spend a lot of hours and money on the golf courses attempting to perfect their swing, fine-tune their skills and lower their score. But…

…..very few gung-go golfers spend any time on improving their basic physical conditioning which ultimately, will improve their overall golf game. 

The reality is the golf swing is a very complex, explosive and unnatural movement placing significant stresses and torque on the body parts involved. Because of the nature of the sport, golfers are at a high risk for developing overuse injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint structures particularly in the low back, hip and shoulder areas.  Professional golfers are injured on average twice a year and amateur golfers once a year, with the most common injury sites being the wrist (27%), back (24%), elbow (23%), shoulder (8%) and knee (7%). Most of these injuries are the result of the repetitive nature of practice swings, combined with a poor warm-up and weak trunk, shoulder and wrist muscles. The stronger, better-conditioned golfer will be less susceptible to injury and will recover more quickly after an injury. That’s where you come in! A good golf conditioning program will incorporate balance exercises, full body rotational movements and a stretching program that increases a golfer’s ability to rotate at the spine.

Try these exercises with your golfer clients!

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Appreciate Women Clients!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Plan special activities, events, classes etc to celebrate women! Here are some ideas for you:

  • Host a Mother/Daughter class ie Dance, Yoga, Kickboxing…
  • Organize a Mother’s Day Bootcamp
  • Organize a fundraiser with the beneficiary being an important woman’s cause
  • Hold a Woman’s Health seminar
  • Bring in a massage therapist for the day to give your female clients free mini-massage sessions
  • Give each gal at your studio a flower or inspirational poem
  • Offer Gift Certificates, specials, promotional offers etc.

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Client Motivation

DSC02765 - CopyI am sure your clients are like ours and are wanting to get in great shape fast with summer approaching quickly! This is a great time of year to launch a Weight Loss Challenge. If you don’t have time to launch a Weight Loss Challenge right now….save this info for a different time of year or for next year!

What you can do is give your clients a little motivation to help them reach their goals over the next month or so! Here is an article I recently wrote for our clients. Go ahead and share it with yours…

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Employee of The Month

10487204_10152079812461946_5027197056409213767_nPersonal trainers, group exercises instructors, CSRs and pretty much all humans like to be recognized when they work hard and do great things! At Northwest Personal Training our Fitness & Training Director selects one of our employees to be the “Employee of The Month.” Here’s what we do:

  • Choosing the Employee of the Month is included in our yearly marketing plan and is something that our Fitness & Training Director puts in her calendar to do the last week of each month (for the next month’s Employee of the Month)
  • The Fitness & Training Director sends out an email to the entire team letting everyone know who the Employee of the Month is and why.
  • We give the Employee of The Month one of the most sought after and priceless things we have here at Northwest Personal Training….the BEST PARKING SPOT! :) – it may seem like a small thing, but at our studio it is a big deal because our employee parking is pretty far away.

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Partner Stretches for Partner Training

Try these partner exercises during your partner training sessions. I just shared them with my clients too! They are fun and they really work!

It’s always a good idea to keep your connective tissue and your body limber and flexible so we will finish our series with a few stretches that you can do together at the end of your workouts.

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Partner Training – Tips For Clients

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Hopefully you have some partner/team training time slots/clients on your personal training calendar. If you do, send these tips on how to be a solid workout buddy to your clients! Show them that you are thinking of them!

Make The Commitment

Decide on the day(s) and time(s) both of you will commit to training together. You don’t want to have to decide when the next training workout will be at each workout – make it simple and easy so you both know the exact day(s) and time(s) each week. It’s not that you can’t be flexible and adjust if needed but you don’t want to have to spend a lot of time reviewing each other’s schedule each week to determine when you can find the time. Read the rest of Partner Training – Tips For Clients

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