I have started teaching a small number of ladies for group fitness class in a yoga studio. Because the classes are small and they are very consistent, the relationships and structure could be more like small group personal training. I have gotten to know the ladies and can give them specific instructions and modifications. If I wanted to re-frame the class as small group personal training, what would the differences be? (I am not trained as a personal trainer yet, although this may be my next step.) I would think that it would include goal-setting and tracking of the workouts and progress, more measurement of the process and results. How would you differentiate small group personal training from a small size group fitness class?
Your intuition is spot on. When I teach a “group fitness” class I still focus on what is happening in the class. Things like someone struggling with a movement or doing something that could lead to injury, will still get corrective cueing. And I will still move in if someone is not catching the corrections, to speak directly to them. But I do not track the class or set goals for the participants. I will direct a few participants on how to self track and set goals, but I don’t do it for them/with them. It is a class. I show up ready to teach anyone else who shows up.
In small group training it is pretty much exactly the same as one-on-one training with difference being what happens in the training session. I still review health histories, still design specific exercises to address individual needs. It takes as much time to prepare for each client whether they are in a one-on-one situation or in a group. The difference show in the actual training session. My time is divided between the participants more or less equally. Each client gets a share of the time. If one member of a small group is in need of more attention (inequitably), I suggest that we schedule some time to get them caught up with the other group members (one-on-one).
To me 3-4 people is considered a small group personal training. 6-8 people I consider it a small group fitness class. The numbers are different for each trainer, but once the group starts getting to large to keep an eye on all of the participants equally, then it becomes a class (no matter how you call it). Personal training means that you can devote your whole attention to that client or clients with no distractions until they reach their goals. If you can’t do that, then it’s not personal training.
you have already figured it out in your question: “goal-setting and tracking of the workouts and progress, more measurement of the process and results” in your own words.
Often, small group training has a time frame with a beginning and end, and it tends to be for a group of people not open to everybody.