Hi Megan, and Nicole,
My advice would be to decide if it is “group training” like a fitness class, or if it is to be “small group personal training. If you want to deliver personal training and advertise the sessions as such, then that is what it needs to be. Clients would expect personal attention and exercises in line with thier individual needs and goals, otherwise it can’t really be sold as “personal”.
If it I too generic then really it’s just another class or bootcamp. To me, a group session would be where people turn up, participate, leave, for a small fee. These can be hard to keep going if they don’t have a specific format, or target a particular population group.
PT session participants would be likely to provide you with thier health status and goals, etc. and generally pay more. The group would need to be small enough for you to watch each participant closely, monitoring technique and making adjustments as needed, and also altering (progressing/regressing) certain exercises for individuals. Now this is much more challenging for the PT, rather than just “instructing” a class through a set of given exercises.
I hope this gets you thinking!
I like Alana’s distinction between a small group class and personal training for more than one person.
I have tried the latter, and it’s just not for me. Even if clients are very similar in abilities, you end up with just the lowest common denominator. I am even paranoid in group classes, and only MELT is a modality that I am very comfortable teaching as a group because of its very low risk of injury.
Ok, to answer your questions, what I wish I had known? How to create that community bond, so more people keep coming back not only because they like the class and what they receive, but also because they get support from the other participants.
What I currently wish I knew? The secrets to marketing a small group class when everyone around me is giving theirs away for FREE.