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Group Training – More Tips!

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.

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Choose Music and Volume Wisely

Understand whether music is an integral part of the program as in Indoor Cycling or Cardio Circuits which would require you to ensure you spend some time choosing music that will be energizing and appropriate for the type of people attending your session.  Know whether music should be used just for background usage such as for any of the muscle conditioning programs when clients need to hear your technique tips more than the music.  Never have music blaring so that is harmful or obnoxious.  And never choose music that has inappropriate lyrics or bad language.

Start & Finish On Time

Time is of essence and clients really like to know that sessions will start and finish as noted on the schedule.  Please watch the clock and know the start and finish time of each program you teach on the schedule.

Foster the Development of Friendships

Introduce all participants to each other.  Remind them that they are in this together.  Get them to high-5 each other or pull them in for a group cheer at the end of a workout

Foster Self-Esteem

Regularly point out an individual’s improvement to the entire group.  Be specific in your praise.  For example, point out that a client is lifting 10 extra pounds in comparison to when they first started.  Ensure that your feedback is quantitative and specific.  Tell them exactly how they’ve improved or what specifically you like in their performance.  This will help to develop your clients’ confidence and self-esteem.

Yours in Health, Fitness & Business,
Sherri McMillan

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4 Secrets to Group Training Success

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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.

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Use Various Personal Training Tools

In order to make a Group training session look different than a Group Exercise Class, it’s important to use tools that a client couldn’t have access to on their own. This will add value to the sessions and will ensure clients continue training with us for the long-term. Use tools like Exercise balls, Medicine Balls, Wobble Boards, Tubes, Skipping Ropes, Boxing Bags and gloves, Steps etc.

Mix it Up

If you do the exact same program every week, clients will get bored very quickly and will believe that you have taught them everything they need to know and will likely discontinue training with us. However, if you mix up the workouts and always introduce them to new exercises, sequences and equipment, they will see the value in continuing with your program on an ongoing basis. This will keep them excited and help them avoid plateaus. It’s OK to use some of the same exercises every week, but always be sure you included at least a few new exercises and workout ideas.

Educate

Every week come prepared with your Teaching Focus for that session. For example, one week you may teach the group the importance of water and then the following week, teach them the concept of momentary muscle fatigue. Regularly refer to the teaching focus during the session so that by the end of the hour, you are confident that your clients have a strong grasp on the relevance of the particular topic. Regularly bring Client Handouts to your sessions. Assign homework.

Yours in health, fitness & business,
Sherri McMillan

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Group Training – Do Circuits Right!

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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Quickly demonstrate each of the exercises within the circuit, and point out 2-3 key technique points.  When the exercisers begin their sets, you can fine-tune technique then. Keep in mind in the beginning you may take a bit more time teaching exercises. However, as you get more comfortable with the group and as they begin to master proper technique and execution of movement, the time it takes you to teach a circuit should be greatly reduced. For example, if you’ve done a chest press exercise numerous times in the past with the group, you could literally point to the station and say, “ok group, the chest press is exercise #1. We’ve done it before. I’ll come around and check your technique once we get started…”

Distribute your time equally

Group Training is very different than one-on-one training. You must learn to distribute your time equally among all participants rather than spending too much time on any one person. Learn how to politely explain to a client who may be demanding too much of your time that you must go and help the others to ensure you’ve spent equal time with everybody. Be sure to physically make eye contact and spot each person in your program at least once per session.

When using circuits, be sure to facilitate and manage the session effectively

The biggest obstacle for a trainer who is only well-versed in one-on-one training is how to practically manage sessions with a number of different clients. It takes a very skilled trainer to ensure that a Group Training session is not totally chaotic with one person twiddling his thumbs while another person is getting all the attention. Always be ready. Always know what each client is doing at all times. Always know what’s going to be happening next and what equipment you’ll need. 

Be able to improvise and adjust exercises

You may have designed an exercise within a circuit that is not appropriate for one member of your group.  Be ready and able to make minor adjustments and modifications to any exercise. Be ready and able to think quickly.  You may have a group that is able to move through the lesson plan quickly and you find yourself with 10 extra minutes.  In these situations, be ready to improvise and add in additional exercises to use up the time wisely.  In contrast, you may have a group that moves through the lesson plan more slowly and you have to be ready to condense the workout or skip a particular section to ensure you finish on time.

TIP: give permission

Be sure that your clients know that they can modify an exercise if they do not feel comfortable with it. Instruct them to immediately alert you to any concerns they may have with a particular exercise so it will allow you the opportunity to make an adjustment.

Yours in health, fitness & business,
Sherri McMillan

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Group Training – Before Your Session

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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Attitude Preparation

  • Make the next 1 hour the best part of your clients’ day – Make a difference!
  • Remember – they are here for you!

Hospitality

  • Stand around and be accessible 5 minutes before your session
  • Stand at the reception/class entrance to welcome clients and provide friendly greetings (winks, smiles, touch, thank participants for coming, use participant’s names, handshake, positioning and postures) – Within the first 30 seconds, as your students walk into class, they size you up and determine your worthiness.

Ask a question, state a fact, give an opinion

  • “Hey Gary, how’s Doreen?”
  • “Jane, this is your 4th time here this week, Congratulations!  You’ve been so consistent lately!”
  • “Hey Betty, great haircut!”
  • “Hey Yvonne, I’m so glad you were able to get here this morning!”
  • “Hi there!  Is this your first time here today?  Great, what’s your name?  Well, _______ it’s nice to meet you.  I’m Sherri.  I’ll be teaching the class today!  If you have any questions, please come and see me after class”
  • “Andrea, I’ve got some leg exercises prepared for today that you’re going to love – they’re perfect for your running goals!”

These are just a few simple things you can do right before your group training session to wow your clients and keep them coming back for more sessions!

Yours in health, fitness & business,
Sherri McMillan

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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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Be Prepared and Organized

You cannot “wing” a Group Training session. To manage a number of different people all with various goals, fitness levels and needs, requires that you have spent some time thinking through the logistics of the entire session from start to finish.

Lesson Plan

You need one to help you design your programs!

Be Early

Be there 5-10 minutes before the start of the session to organize equipment and circuits. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have all equipment needed? Is it clean, organized and in good shape?
  • Where is my Lesson Plan?
  • Do I have educational topics planned to discuss with my clients?
  • Who is arriving and do I know everyone by name?
  • Who is arriving that I need to introduce myself to?
  • If working out to music, is it cued and at the right bpm?
  • Does anyone have any physical problems requiring modification?
  • Is everyone wearing the proper clothing and footwear?

Introduce Yourself and Quickly Explain the Workout Focus and Format:

  • Introduce yourself and greet all your clients by name
  • Name the type of program to be taught, its components and any equipment requirements
  • Talk about appropriate modifications and progressions
  • Reassure new comers and beginners

Have Charisma and a Positive, Energetic Personality:

“Charisma is about celebrating your individual style – all the qualities which are unique to you.   When you allow yourself to be expressive and uninhibited, your class moves beyond a “good” class and becomes a dynamic one.  Everyone develops their own techniques; however, no matter what your approach is, effective communication and dynamic presentation always begins with awareness.  We are often not aware of having a certain expression on our face, or a certain quality to our voice.  Yet these are major factors in the impression we make on others.”    ~ Allison Matthews ~

Yours in health, fitness & business,
Sherri McMillan

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