Training small allows you to finish big! There are many reasons to start training kids in small groups from a young age, from camaraderie to more individualized attention from coaching staff. Here are just a few reasons why I'm a fan of small group training:
CREATING A TRIBE
Let's face it - even as adults, most of us want to belong to a group of some type. It connects us to other people who share similar likes, goals and characteristics. Makes sense, right? Exercising in a small group allows kids to establish relationships with people that they may not have otherwise interacted with, expanding their social network in the real world versus just increasing their social media followers online. Because kids in a small group are together for the same purpose, bonding becomes easier and comfort levels are achieved faster. Brutal workout? Only your tribe can truly understand the hardships that you've endured for the past hour! Running an exercise program that is challenging, fun and creates a spirit of friendship among the participants are the foundations of my fitness-based tribe.
You've seen the workout groups formed by many MLMs on social media. Why are there so many constantly blowing up your news feeds? Accountability, that's why! Having someone else to help hold an individual accountable can be extremely motivating, accelerate results and help to push limits like nothing else.
The small group setting allows workouts to be modified as individuals progress, preventing the dreaded workout plateau and the boredom that large groups or solo workouts can sometimes induce. Variety also breaks participants out of their comfort zones and gets them to try something new that they may not have if they were working out on their own or following a one-size-fits-all approach.
Hopefully, I've encouraged you to give small group training a try! SPEED currently offers dryland small group training on a regular basis for intermediate & advanced swimmers.
Todd Eisenhofer is a Physical Education teacher and head coach at Muhlenberg HS in Reading, PA . He is alo a SPEED trainer with a degree in Physical Education/Health Education from West Virginia University, along with a Master's degree in Sport Management from Millersville University and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.