Large Group Training May Not Be For You: Part 2

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In the first post, I mentioned that we could cover three different reasons why large group training may not be your best solution.  And now today it is time to cover them.

Lack of coaching

One of the biggest pitfalls of I’ve seen with large group training is the lack of coaching. I’m not sure if this is because the coach simply isn’t that good, they are overwhelmed, they don’t care, or a combination of some sort of the three things just mentioned. Regardless of what the reason is, it’s unacceptable and not going to help you get anywhere too fast with respect to you reaching your goals. If your coach isn’t there correcting technique or giving you the right cues and is acting more like a drill sergeant, rep counter, and/or cheerleader, then you should consider finding a new gym.

Poor coach-to-client ratios

I’m not going to sit here and say that the coach-to-client ratio should be X:Y or anything like that, but if your coach hasn’t addressed you and truly helped you with your execution of at least one of the workouts movement, then they need to step their game up. When you have a class with 1 instructor to 15 clients, making sure that you’re getting that personal touch can be very hard to do. If you’re not getting the attention that you deserve during your class, then see if your gym has a smaller, more individualized offering. If they do, and you’re still not getting what you need, then you might want to hop on Google search and start looking for a new gym.

Program isn’t specific to your goals and needs

This is the one point that I can say without a shadow of a doubt that large group training really misses the boat on, and that is creating a program that is specific to your needs and goals. The programs that one encounters in large group training are usually a group of general movements and lifts, that are geared toward creating a massive amount of fatigue so that you feel accomplished and that you got your money’s worth when you leave. The big piece of the pie that is left out is technique (aka movement efficiency), individual considerations (i.e. someone who has a bi-lateral CAM impingement likely shouldn’t be squatting into deep depths), and then the individual's nutrition and lifestyle outside of the gym. 
These are things that need to be taken into consideration, and when you go into your gym for the first time for your assessment, your movement, joint limitations (if any), nutrition, and lifestyle should all be considered. If you need to be placed in a different program for your weight loss or body composition goals, then it is the responsibility of the professional to make sure you are placed appropriately. Now if your goal is to get strong, become a better athlete, task-specific endurance, or any other performance measure, then you can be on being sorely disappointed by the lack of results and progress in a large group setting.

With all that said, there are a few solid large group training offerings out there for those who move well, don’t have any aches and pains, and are looking for an improvement in their general health.  In fact, I personally know some people that swear by it.  The key is finding the right for YOU!

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To your success,

Mike

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