Small Group Training (SGT) has been adapted from outdoor fitness’ model of Group Fitness Training and is utilised by personal trainers.Group Personal Training at a Gym Category:Fitn...


In 1999, 4 million Americans were using personal trainers but in 2012 this figure was closer to 6.5 million (IHRSA, 2012).   Although most health clubs offer personal training, growth has not come from one-on-one training but rather small group training (SGT) or small group personal training (SGPT) (McCall, 2012).

What’s the Difference

The traditional model of personal training has the trainer working on the classic one-to-one model or the semi-private model (a maximum of three clients). In contrast, the SGT model enables the personal trainer to work with 4-10 clients at once.


Many US and UK based gyms and personal trainers are now offering SGT and reasons for growth include:

  • A more economical product for the consumer (lower price point);
  • More efficient for the club and trainer;
  • Lower costs (for consumer and training provider);
  • Higher revenues (lower price point but more clients);
  • A response to boot camp group-based training; and
  • It also offers the group experience mentioned previously in the main page.


IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) (2012) Top Health Club Trends for 2012. Available from World Wide Web: [Accessed: 12 November, 2012].

McCall, P. (2012) Defining Small Group Training and Its Benefits to the Fitness Professional. Available from World Wide Web: [Accessed: 10 November, 2012].


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.