Small group like a class or like 3-5 people. I like to train small groups of people but it does take some practice to give the necessary attention to each individual. Make sure the group meshes well and pick out the “leaders” early on, they can act like assistants (they always get a kick out of feeling a little advanced and the others usually strive to get some top billing status also) giving you more eyes and hands. I have found it very important to NOT BACK DOWN on missed days by group members. If they miss and you still train the rest of the group, even if only half, and that day was never discussed as being a smaller group, then you did your part and they simply missed. It is too hard to let anything “slide” in a group because, eventually, everyone expects to be treated the same way when they miss. Good Luck.
I have a small group for one of my bootcamps and it’s great. It’s very personal and everyone is friends and basically have the same fitness goals.
Small group to me means 5-8?. This allows some personal attention for everyone and you can get specific about needs. I determine price by what I need to make per hour.
It’s important to figure out what type of class you’d like to teach, then branch off of it.
The current people in my bootcamp used to come to my indoor group exercise classes, but wanted a change so we took things outside.
Figure out what you’re passionate about teaching and start spreading the work
Sometimes saying “Class Size Limit to 5?” will matter!
The responses given by Janet, Wendy and LaRue are all excellent. The first question that pops into my head is what do you mean by “small group?” 3-4 or 10-12? The number of clients in each session will have a significant impact on the conduct of your session. If you gear it to the most fit, the least fit will quickly burn out. If you gear it to the least fit, the most fit may well become less than interested. So, it’s a challenge to your teaching expertise to make sure that each clients gets a good, effective workout.
The other question is the design of your class. Is it cardiovascular in intent, strength, flexibility or some combination? Depending on your equipment availability you can design a class that will challenge all fitness levels. Consider a circuit class if you have the equipment.
Hi Joy. I agree with Janet and Wendy. I think that one of your very first things on your “to do” list is to take a critical look at where your interest lies in terms of small group training (e.g. what is your particular expertise, interest, skill-set) and then try to outline a small group training concept around that. Specificity will be a key I think, since simply calling it “small group training” will not be enough to attract attention from potential clients.
Once you’ve determined what TYPE of class you want to offer based on your assessment, the rest should quickly fall into place for you! Good luck! 🙂