Small Group Personal Training: Our Process & How To Get Started
Updated: Mar 28
What is Small Group Personal Training?
That depends on who you are asking but in general, it involves training in some kind of group of between 2 and 8 people.
My small group training is groups of 3 people or less. This is a more affordable service compared with 1-1 Personal Training but offers many of the same benefits.
The difference between 1-1 training and small group training for us lies primarily in the training session.
We started offering Small Group PT where my time is split between 3 people during a session so you don't have to put up with me for the full hour.
What does the Small Group Personal Training process involve?
Before you've had your consultation you will be sent a price list to make sure our services are within your budget.
Once you've said the prices are within your budget we will then proceed on to our first consultation.
We need to know your goals and get some background information so we can properly plan your training journey. We also need to make sure we are the right fit as the last thing you want to do is sign up with someone you hate for 12 months!
Here at Gains, Glutes & Glitter, we work in blocks of 3 months. So you'll either sign up for 3, 6 or 12 months. For some reason, we completely skip over 9 months but I digress!
For group packages, your first month is lower cost so you can try before committing as coaching is a big commitment. We want you to be as comfortable as possible with what is expected of us both.
Once we know we will work well as a team we move on to the next stage of our two-step consultation process.
Before your training begins we need to see how you move.
By knowing how you move we know what exercises to choose and how to help you warm up effectively.
We'll be looking out for signs you are in pain and in need of any further treatment before training takes place. This is to protect clients from pushing through any pain/discomfort/risk unnecessarily.
The movement screen takes approximately 40-60 minutes.
We aren't going to tell you you are broken or dysfunctional. We will be looking out for ways to make you as strong in the safest possible way.
It isn't a tough cardio workout or a way to make you look stupid in the gym, the assessment will be tailored around you in order for you to find it easy.
Watching you move like this helps us a great deal.
Will the movement screen be tough?
No, I've designed it to be as easy enough for anyone to perform.
Wear your usual gym gear or something comfortable if you've never been to the gym before.
YOUR TRAINING PLAN
In your Small Group PT sessions, you'll be working through your own plan through an app or via a spreadsheet depending on your preferences.
We write these plans based on what you've said in your consultation, what happened in your movement screen, and based on our experience as trainers.
You don't need to share the same goals as people in your sessions. You don't need to know the people in your sessions as it's my time that's split between you guys.
I'll split my time between everyone in the session and make sure you are doing exercises correctly.
So we know you are making progress we'll have a catch-up regularly. During this catch up we'll talk about things you are loving, things that you are struggling with, and redo any measurements we've decided to take.
We won't movement screen you every month, in fact, if I regularly see you train, it's rare we'll do more than one.
We check your body fat if you want that measuring.
On the app there is a section where you can add progress photos throughout your journey if you choose to do so.
No-one's measurements are set on stone. You are in the driving seat and we tailor the journey around you.
ARE THE RESULTS FROM SGPT AS GOOD AS THE RESULTS FROM 1-1 PERSONAL TRAINING?
Most of the time, yes.
Here's what one of my group PT clients had to say:
"For a long time I struggled to make real progress in the gym, and I always thought that being fit and healthy was something that only other people could achieve. I never knew what I was capable of, but my PT coach Chris challenged me to make my fitness goals a reality and pushed me to make progress that I never thought I could. PT has shown me that with grit, determination and persistence I can be in the best shape of my life."
Some of our best results have come from either small group or large group training clients.
DO YOU NEED TO BE A CERTAIN LEVEL OF FITNESS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF PERSONAL TRAINING?
A common misconception among people that don't have a coach is that you need to be a certain fitness level to get the most out of coaching.
This is wrong.
People who start with a coach make the most progress as they start training properly FROM THE BEGINNING rather than having to unlearn bad habits.
A good trainer meets you where you are and adapts training to your specific needs. Often that specific need is teaching you how to train properly for what you want.
Most PT's have their own coaches because we know how important it is to have a second pair of eyes keeping you on point.
Knowing you are on point reduces second-guessing, reduces stress, and improves your consistency at the gym.
Group Personal Training makes it coaching far more affordable, you are in a group of people who can support each other where it's needed AND you get the same results. What's not to love?
We look forward to having you onboard!
By Chris Kershaw
The Heavy Metal Strength Coach
Coaching for the overthinking powerlifter and those looking to build confidence in strength training.
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