What is SGPT?
SGPT isn’t team training or boot camp, which involve much less individual attention from a coach and are much less closely tailored to clients’ individual needs.
SGPT definitely isn’t an easy way to train more than one person at once – successfully coaching a SGPT session needs a coach that’s already good at training 1:1, with the added skill of handling a number of clients at once.
So why does SGPT win out over 1:1 PT?
1:1 PT is a very inflexible arrangement for both the client and the gym. The client can only come in to train when his or her particular coach is working. The gym is stuck trying to cater to their various clients’ schedules.
With SGPT, if you have created your Training Manifesto and Programme Blueprint properly, you have continuity of training across every session. This means that clients can book into any one of many sessions every week, with whichever coach is working, and they’ll get the same great experience.
This is also much better for the gym owner, who knows that his or her clients are loyal to the establishment itself, not the individual trainer. When a coach leaves, their clients stay, keeping your steady revenue intact and reliable.
1:1 PT is expensive for the client, and, unless you bump the prices right up, doesn’t make much sense for the gym either. SGPT provides a middle ground with the best of both worlds. It’s less pricey for the client and works out at a better bottom line for the establishment.
In 1:1 PT, the client and the coach are working together in isolation for months on end. What starts as an on-task focus on getting results soon turns into chit-chat the better they get to know each other. The relationship will always get in the way of the training in the end.
With SGPT, the clients will have a range of trainers depending on who’s taking the session that day; plus, they’ll be forming relationships with the other members. This means that the individuals and the groups can stay on-task without getting distracted by the obligation to ‘catch up’. The focus stays on the training.
The results we get from SGPT are just as good, if not better, than those from 1:1 PT. The instruction from the coach is just as personalised and individual; the range of exercises is the same (don’t forget that most people need to do most of the same thing anyway, so putting them into groups still meets their needs).
Add to this the community, team spirit, and group motivation in SGPT, and you’ve just bumped up your members’ drive and accountability a good few notches.