Group classes have benefits and drawbacks.
This is true if you are teaching BJJ, boxing or strength and conditioning.
The benefits of a group class include:
1. Group energy
2. Multiple training partners for doing drills
3. Learning through more observation
4. Often more fun
5. More friendships and bonding
The drawbacks of a group class can include:
1. Less individual attention
2. More general instruction to appease all levels
3. Possibly greater likelihood of injury
4. The desire to compete could lead to over-exertion
So, what do you do?
In general, you can generate greater revenue when you offer group classes. And, we are running a business after all.
When you see an individual in a group class doing something incorrectly, do not point them out and make them feel embarrassed. Instead, stand next to them and make this a teaching moment for the entire class without pointing them out as the person who needs the help. It’s highly likely more than one person is making the same (or similar mistake) or needs clarification on the movement or technique.
You can also walk through the class to kindly point out areas where improvement can be made without making a scene.
At the beginning and end of the class, you can also go through your list of key points to always keep in mind during the class and on any particular technique.
Remember to keep your class fun, and only add competition when warranted. Not everyone wants to compete or has that mindset. Many people do your workouts for fun, exercise and stress reduction. It’s important to understand people’s motivational strategies. This is an essential skill you learn in the Spencer Institute Sports Psychology Coach Certification Course.
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