Training 60 minute private sessions, 12-14 hours a day is almost like a rite of passage into the training profession.

As our confidence grows and we get tired of marathon days, we start to realize there might be a better way. A way where we can maximize our time spent in the trenches training. A way we can impact more lives. A way where we can actually earn more money.

Most certifications though, only teach you the how-to's of leading a private training session: sets, reps, cardio and program design. Very little time, if any, is dedicated to designing and implementing the next wave in our industry: Leading group training.

1. Fundamentals Before Creativity

Too many times we get caught up trying to wow our clients by constantly creating new and improved moves. But if we teach the basics until the group can perform them quickly, properly and without conscious thought, we open the door to where individual initiative and imagination can thrive in the future. Remember this: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

2. Create a Community
With society moving faster and more detached due to technology, busy schedules and constant change of jobs and where we live, it's hard to find a real sense of community. Communities are vital for camaraderie, a sense of belonging and a system of support and accountability. Don't just be a coach, be a leader who connects. Help break down the awkward barriers of the group dynamic to build true friendships.

3. Don't Buy into the Hype
Just because a group of people sign up to train with us doesn't mean we've arrived. Our jokes aren't funnier, our ideas aren't better and we're not smarter all of the sudden. The key to being a great group leader is to be you, and only you. We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange our authentic self may be.

4. Become More Self-Aware
Self-awareness is the most important capability a leader can develop. To make leading a group training session look easy, we must first work harder on ourselves: knowing how we show up, how we're wired, our strengths and weaknesses, our coaching style, energy levels, and how we organize our own life.

5. Start and Finish on Time

When we wait on others to start the session, we are telling the ones who showed up ready to go that we don't respect their time. And if we finish on time, clients can properly maintain the intensity level throughout and would be willing to push themselves beyond exhaustion towards the end. Combine these two and clients will begin respect our promptness.


The single best predictor of a rookies success is how fast they can learn and apply that knowledge in a group environment. Lessen the fear and uncertainty of group training by simply engaging and leading by connecting on the human level.