AMT® Small Group Training 101: Coaching and Cuing Tips

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AMT® Small Group Training 101: Coaching and Cuing Tips

Using the AMT® for Small Group Classes 
According to the IHRSA 2014 Health Club Consumer Report, members interests are shifting from participation in one-on-one training to small group training. Small group training offers a lower cost, motivational group workout with personalized instruction. Successful programming requires not only a knowledgeable instructor that is capable of manageing group dynamics with personal instruction, but the right training tools that have perceived value from class participants. 

The versatility of the AMT makes it a natural fit for small group training. Small group training in the cardio area can be an excellent addition to your fee-based SGT services, or it can be an opportunity for your training staff to provide complimentary classes on the cardio floor to advertise their one-on-one and semi-private services to a wider membership. No matter how you position AMT small group training in your facility, classes should be delivered with concise coaching to make it easy for all participants to engage and succeed in your class. This document will share two coaching and cuing tips for AMT small group classes, and the reverse side provides a 10 minute sample from a group training session. 


Tip 1: Keep Instructions Succinct 
To help maximize the time you spend providing personalized coaching to each member, your instructions must be to the point. Use the warm-up period of each class to familiarise participants with product features and AMT coaching terminology: 

  • Coach Stride Length with Stride Dial 
    • Coach to colour zone on P30:
      • Stepping = green zone
      • Jogging = yellow zone
      • Running = orange zone 
    • Coach to stride length on P80:
      • Stepping = 0”-5” 
      • Jogging = 20”-28” 
      • Running = Over 28” 
  • Coach to Stride Height
    • Use the left toggle to adjust Open Stride Step Height:
      • Level 1 = 6.8” 
      • Level 5 = 10” 
  • Coach Resistance
    • Use the right toggle to adjust resistance:
      • Level 1 = easiest 
      • Level 20 = most challenging 
  • Coach to tempo
    • Coach clients to select a view  that shows strides per minute  at all times. 
  • Coach hand position with the four basic grip positions
    • fixed handrails
    • rodeo grip
    • moving handles
    • hands free 

Tip 2: Understand AMT Progression Techniques 
You’ll want to quickly assess movement capabilities and identify movement modifications for class participants. This will provide a truly personalized experience for each exerciser. Key variables that can be adjusted include: 

  • Modify body orientation: Varying training height and body position can vastly change the training effect.
  • Hand position: The most advanced hand positions include single side and hands free training positions.
  • Movement speed: Typical strides per minute ranges for jogging and running are between 80 – 100. Typical stepping cadence ranges from 100 and up, with 120 being an excellent warm-up and recovery pace.
  • Stride length: The longer the stride length, the greater the muscle engagement. Beginners may initially prefer to work within a smaller range of motion. 
  • Stride height: Greater stride height requires increased range of motion at the hip and knee.
  • Resistance: 3-5 is an optimal warm-up zone for most users. Resistance over 8 will be very challenging to maintain tempo for the majority of users. 

Move Free with the AMT : Group Class Sample 

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Erica Tillinghast
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Erica Tillinghast is the Global Education Manager for Precor. Over the last 15 years Erica has worked as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, performing artist, product developer, and master coach.  Erica specializes in fitness product education, business development, network building and curriculum design. She travels globally as an educator, coach, and industry presenter, and has authored and contributed to more than 20 continuing education courses adopted on six continents. She holds an MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, and is a certified Personal Trainer, 3D MAPS, and an NASM Group Personal Training Specialist.

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