SO, you’ve decided to start group pilates classes and, you either already exercise regularly, have exercised in the past, or you’re coming to the “group pilates exercise” table for the very first time….
What would be the most common problems to look out for and how would you solve them?
Working/learning in Groups offers its own unique challenges (for group members as well as group instructors), and these can stem from the group being dominated by the “know it all”, louder, more assertive fellow group member, to the group not being properly led by its instructor and the class being conceived as a waste of time.
SOME OF THE PROBLEMS:
- GROUP SIZE – individuals (especially those new to the group) getting lost – either by accident or on purpose- amongst more established members.
- IMBALANCE WITH MIXED LEVEL GROUPS– some members may feel pace of class is too slow or too fast which if not addressed may eventually affect the
- MOTIVATION – the tendency for group members after time to settle into their “group role” and to either exert less effort and withdraw, or begin to dominate the less assertive members whilst simultaneously achieving less and less of their personal goals.
SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS:
- SMALLER GROUPS – with qpilates, groups are limited to between 10-12 people in size. This way, attention is paid equally to each member
- MORE CLASSES – having more of a choice/selection of classes so for instance, Beginners aren’t lumped in with Absolute Beginners so customers can be guaranteed that they get a class pitched to the level they want.
- CLEARER GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCT IN CLASSES– constantly being on time for a class which other members are allowed to arrive late to has been addressed by the implementation of a clear LATE Arrival policy
- REGULAR EVALUATIONS – apart from the Initial Assessment, qpilates offers yearly appraisals/progress evaluations for customers, offering feedback and encouraging self-evaluation, but also crucially, regularly addressing individual rather than group needs
Let us know what other problems have you encountered with group classes and how have you solved them?