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).