Smart Group Training Unveil New Approach to Personal Training Assessments Called “The Training Continuum”

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Smart Group Training, a company dedicated to assisting small group personal trainers, has just unveiled a new article outlining an approach to assessing clients for their ability to perform different exercises. They are calling it the “Training Continuum.”

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Smart Group Training (SGT) has just unveiled a new approach to personal training called “The Training Continuum.” This latest development signals the dawning of a new paradigm for small group personal trainers inspired by the evidence-based approach of SGT.

The new model has been developed by Steve Long and Jared Woolever, the masterminds behind Smart Group training. The Training Continuum focuses on training at the level of assessment, helping trainers learn how to better approach matching client abilities to effective exercises.

“If you can’t touch your toes and have the ability to shift your weight in a posterior direction,” the company writes in its latest blog entry on functional assessment in small group training environments, “it’s probably wise to stay away from deadlifting.”

Despite the physical limitations many of the clients who seek out personal trainers face, few trainers truly understand the significance of properly selecting exercise programs that are both effective and appropriate to a clients’ abilities.

For these very reasons, Long and Woolever founded Smart Group Training in order to improve the caliber of group-based personal training on the market today. The Training Continuum is their latest addition to this expanding field.

“Choosing the proper level of training is going to enhance results, keep your clients injury free, and always coming back for more training,” their newest blog states.

They continue, “Our mission with Smart Group Training is to improve the standard of group training, and a driving force behind this involves using The Training Continuum. It allows [trainers] to place an individual precisely where they need to be.”

Essentially, the “Training Continuum” to which the company refers is laid out with low-ability on one side and high-ability on the other. All people fall somewhere on the continuum, meaning their exercise programs should focus on concepts unique to their level.

“Simply put, the training continuum is a series of progressions and regressions allowing an individual to successfully complete a given task while moving toward a desired endpoint or goal,” the company explains.

“It’s all about finding the proper level of training and progression that allows a challenging environment while providing a certain level of competency or success,” they continue.

In their latest blog post, SGT lays out the scale in visual terms for small group personal trainers to follow. On the left side of the progression is the low-level stage.

On the other side are more advanced programs that “require a certain level of strength, precision, control, and prior training to perform correctly.”

As small group and semi-private personal training continue to evolve, Smart Group Training remains at the forefront of improving the quality of offerings provided by trainers. The new Training Continuum is the next step in creating appropriate, safe workouts.

“By placing your client on the right level of the spectrum, you will create an environment that will allow them to have some success while still challenging them,” the company concludes.

For more information on incorporating assessments into small group workout settings, see Smart Group Training’s first major product on screening and corrective exercise, available here:

Smart Group Training is part of the Fitness Consulting Group family of companies. It provides personal trainers, coaches, and business owners with tools to improve the quality and reputation of group personal training.

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