By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Ladies Workout SGT Trainers (L to R) Lisa Herron AFAA CPT, Kelly Farris ACSM AFAA CPT and Alexia Fullwood BS CPT. Photo Credit: Alexis Peel

Small group training: the sweet spot of fitness
By Kelly Farris,  ACSM CPT
Owner of Ladies Workout Snellville

Small Group Training has been gaining popularity, because it is a way for people to take advantage of a trainer’s expertise at a lower financial investment, while keeping the fun and competitiveness of a group dynamic. (American Council on Exercise)

Kelly FarrisEven though you are in a small group, there are differences between SGT and group fitness. At Ladies Workout an average kickboxing class might have upwards of 45 members in attendance and the instructor demonstrates by working out for the entirety of the class with the members. In SGT at Ladies Workout there are 8 clients per session, and the trainer demonstrates the exercise and then watches over the group as they perform the required exercise.  SGT also, differs from the average bootcamp.

A current trend is large boot camps with instructors using high energy to “put on a show”. These types of bootcamps use over the top high intensity exercise to justify the sweat. This “all show and no substance” approach allows the instructor to hide their lack of movement knowledge and often draws instructors with less refined skills in movement and teaching. (The lesson here is simple, find out the credentials of your bootcamp instructor).

Overpopulated bootcamps can pose other problems. A large number of participants does not provide opportunity for the instructor to correct a participant’s form and function movement quality.

Proper form and function are crucial to injury prevention and getting the most effective workout.

Intensity without Intelligence often passes for workout instruction today. This style may provide a “hard” workout. Hard isn’t always the key puzzle piece. A workout should be challenging while providing real and lasting changes. SGT is a sweet spot in fitness. Keeping it fun, while keeping it quality. 

SGT allows for the trainer to provide quality throughout, monitoring each member for correct form, while motivating the group to ensure a great session.  In SGT, a trainer is more than a cheerleader shouting after every exercise. In SGT, to instruct is to convey useful information with motivation. If you’re seeking a professionally designed workout program and a trainer/coach/mentor (not just a cheerleader) give SGT a try. Our 8 week programs will start at Ladies Workout September 3, 2014. Please call 770-985-6070 for more information.


Kelly Farris is the owner of Ladies Workout Snellville, Time4Results Personal Training and the President of KLF Fitness. 

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