Semi-private Individualized Training

by Ilene Bergelson |  Date Released : 21 Nov 2012
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Ilene Bergelson

About the author: Ilene Bergelson

Ilene Bergelson, BFA, ACSM-HFI, ACE-CPT, CHEK Level 2 Practitioner, CHEK-HLC 1, has 20 years of cumulative teaching experience giving master classes on various forms of movement as well as educational intensives throughout the United States. Her fitness education company, Lifemoves, is based in New York City.

Ilene is a regular continuing education provider for Equinox Fitness Clubs and a member of several faculties including Clay Fitness Training Institute, Sky-Fitness & Wellbeing and Esquerre Fitness Group. Her unique perspective on prenatal and postpartum fitness has prompted invitations to speak throughout the U.S. and the writing of several articles. Ilene has lectured for ECA and Club Industry, and she has written for several publications including Club Success magazine. In addition to workshops and one on one coaching sessions, Ilene maintains a private training practice in New York. She consults for the fitness community and develops transitional programs in conjunction with medical practitioners for post-rehab and paranatal clientele.

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Bergelson, Ilene | 26 Aug 2016, 18:37 PM

Hi Casey,

I've pasted Nick's response to your question below. Please feel free to respond to my earlier questions about your own training situation and I'll be happy to share those details with Nick and respond.

Nick's response:
In short, the trainer makes sure that clients' workout don't interfere with one another. So, if two peoples programs have them both beginning with the same exercise, the trainer will have one of them begin with their second exercise first and then do what was their first exercise second.

Also, clients write their weight-loads down on their own program sheet - not the trainer.

Lastly, you're not coaching up every client on brand new exercises each time. So, no one has to wait on anyone else.

If someone require more personalized coaching/attention, they'll be moved into doing private training.

Bergelson, Ilene | 24 Aug 2016, 23:41 PM

Hello Casey,

I've reached out to Nick and will post his response once I receive it. In the meantime, I believe in the model Nick is describing, each participant has been oriented to their program and the focus in more on coaching everyone's execution, rather than needing to teach an exercise from the "ground up."

You raise an important question, the answer to which will likely benefit others employing this model. so thank you for asking.

While we are waiting for Nick to respond, it would be great to get a little more detail about your particular situation: do you have a small group training aspect to your business? Are the participants starting group training after they learn their programs? How many people are you looking to train in tandem? Do they require very different equipment or areas of your studio? I look forward to hearing from you! - Ilene

Kelly, Casey | 24 Aug 2016, 21:55 PM

How do you track and record the programming of each client. It seems like it'd be difficult to record everyone's workout and demonstrate. Also, it seems you wouldn't want people to have to sit and wait for you if one finishes with their exercise while you are demonstrating to another.. How do you manage that aspect?

Bergelson, Ilene | 22 Jun 2013, 04:33 AM

Glad to hear the model was outlined in a helpful way,Taylor. Let us know if you utilize it in your business model!

Taylor, D | 24 Nov 2012, 18:20 PM

I really enjoyed how simplified he revealed this to be. I will use his explination to market to my Semi-private prospects.

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