How to design an effective group personal training workout
By Jennifer Degala

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Designing fresh and exciting group personal training workouts everyday can be a daunting process and it can make or break your fitness business. Follow my three tips for success and you’ll be creating new group personal training workouts that your clients will love and will keep them seeing results week after week.

The most important step is incorporating interesting movements that will deliver optimal results for your clients.

There are a number of adaptable programming principles that you can use to deliver an amazing an group personal training program for your clients, all year long!

Proper Exercise Selection for Group Personal Training Success

There are an endless number of exercises you can plug in to each group personal training workout. How do you decide which ones are the best for each client in your sessions? My rule of thumb is to keep it simple. In a group setting you will need to consider the intensity AND the complexity of the movements. Is it fun for us as trainers to “blow people away” with compound movements that are highly technical … yes! Is it best for each member in your small group training session, no.

My solution for appropriately challenging all members in each of my group personal training workout sessions is to incorporate the TRX® Suspension Trainer. With the Suspension Trainer I can appropriately challenge all users and facilitate an extremely effective workout.

Focus on Exercise Order for Group Personal Training Success

One of the most important ways to design an effective group personal training workout is to focus on the sequence of individual exercises. My best practice for exercise order is to organize my workouts in to three categories: lower body, upper body and core. Then, focus on exercises that are going to increase strength and stability. Last, I make sure that each body part is moving in all three planes of motion (sagittal, transverse and frontal).

1st: Organize into three categories: Lower Body, Upper Body and Core.

2nd: After the warm-up, do strength and stability exercises followed by exercises for flexibility and range of motion

3rd: Select exercise that will challenge your clients in all three planes of motion.


Group Personal Training Workout Templates

Working with templates to develop my group personal training workouts design keeps me organized and also helps me deliver fresh and fun content for my clients each week. Differentiate yourself with unique templates and you’ll stand out from the competition and keep your clients engaged with their training.

My templates are generally organized in to blocks. One block each for lower body, upper body, core and cardio. We cover this topic extensively in the TRX® Group Suspension Trainer Course and the TRX® Suspension Trainer Course (click here for 15% off any TRX® Training Course).

Offering group training allows personal trainers to work with more people at once and drop the price to make working with a personal more affordable for everyone. Small group training has provided a cost-effective way for my clients to experience the benefits of working with me and the camaraderie of a group.

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1) Core workout training. With the Suspension Trainer you can appropriately challenge all group personal training clients. Some of your clients may be able to perform the TRX Atomic Push Up, but some may have trouble getting on the floor and putting their toes in to the Suspension Trainer. When designing your group personal training workouts make sure that you are offering a standing core exercise like the TRX Standing Hip Drop and a more challenging exercise like the TRX Atomic Oblique Push Up.

2) Pulling exercises. It can be challenging to effectively coach all group personal training clients appropriately when it comes to pulling movements in a group setting. Pulling exercises are crucial in group programming because it allows you to train all of the muscles (back, biceps, rear delts, traps, forearms, hamstrings) together at once, so you’re really lighting up the entire posterior chain. With the TRX Suspension Trainer in your group personal training sessions, you’re pulling your entire bodyweight, plus you can add an exterior load if you want an additional challenge (like a dumbbell or Kettlebell). The Suspension Trainer requires you to integrate the entire posterior chain with the pulling moves – hip extension combined with torso stability and pulling from the back – hard to beat it!

3) Unilateral training. Unilateral training is a great way to change up your group personal training workouts and keep things fresh. It’s also important to help identify muscle imbalances and/or weakness, which can lead to injury. Research has found that about 65 percent of injuries, both athletic and lifestyle-related, come from overuse, which is repetitive use of joints that are rendered dysfunctional by muscular imbalances. The simplest way to avoid muscle imbalance in group personal training is to choose exercises that strengthen opposing muscle groups or perform unilateral training.