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Everything you need to know about small group PT

Ashleigh Went

Can’t afford a personal trainer for every gym session but need something more individualised than a crowded group fitness class? You might want to look at small group personal training.

Not too long ago, most people in the gym fell into a few select categories: those with personal trainers, those attending group fitness classes and those following a program by themselves in the gym (or perhaps a bit of a mix of the three). Small group personal training is a phenomenon that’s been changing up the gym game—and people are starting to notice.

Here’s everything you need to know.


Small group personal training, or semi-private personal training, describes a group of individuals who train together under the supervision of a personal trainer, or several personal trainers. Groups are usually limited to around six to eight people per trainer.


One of the biggest drawcards is that you get many of the same benefits of personal training, at a fraction of the cost. While the cost is shared among the group, everyone receives personal attention from the coach—far more than you would in a standard group fitness class, which can have up to 30 (or even more!) participants.

There is also more room for an individualised approach. While there is often a component of the workout that’s completed with other people in the group, programs are often tailored to individual goals. This differs from a group fitness class where all participants are following the same workout or choreography.

The other great thing about small group personal training is that there’s more of a community vibe. Often you will be grouped with like-minded individuals with goals that are similar to yours, so that you can support each other and feel as though you’re part of a community.


Small group personal training is perfect for people who like the idea of a personal trainer, but can’t necessarily afford one every session.

It’s also excellent for people who need more of a push, or who struggle to maintain motivation when they’re training alone.

Often people who are going through rehabilitation (especially during the later stages of recovery) will join small group personal training, because it allows them to work out under the supervision of a qualified coach who can ensure that they’re training safely.


Usually, small group personal training costs more than a standard gym membership; however, the cost is significantly lower than individual personal training sessions.

Prices vary per gym or studio, but you can usually expect to pay anywhere from $60 to $120 per week for small group personal training, which will include four to five workouts. Conversely, you can expect to pay the same rate per session for an experienced personal trainer.

While the cost may seem high at first glance, this style of training provides a huge level of value when you consider how much attention you get from your personal trainer every session. Plus, it keeps you accountable and is a great way to meet new people.

Interested? Here’s where you can try small group personal training in Canberra.


Form Fitness specialises in semi-private personal training. Owners Rachel and Michael take a holistic approach to wellness, with a focus on healthy lifestyle transformations that allow for long lasting positive change.

They have an impressive timetable packed with sessions so you can train at a time that works with your schedule. In addition to semi private personal training, they also offer weekly Vinyasa yoga classes and a Circuit classes, which are a high intensity cardio style class that uses body weight and resistance exercises. They also offer a hugely popular 12-week Transformation Challenge featuring a personalised training program and nutrition assistance.

Form Fitness is conveniently located in the achingly-hip No Name Lane. They have surprisingly glamorous bathrooms, so getting ready for work after your workout is a treat in itself.

g16/40 Marcus Clarke Street | formfitnesshlc.com.au | instagram.com/formfitnesshlc


Alan Romero has a reputation for being one of Canberra’s most knowledgeable personal trainers, with experience coaching all kinds of people. He’s worked with the Brumbies and the Raiders, as well as body builders, weight lifters, professional and amateur athletes.

His gym is an application and referral based, resulting in a community that’s serious about getting results. That’s not to say it’s only for the hard-core fitness fanatics, however—people of all abilities are welcome and the community includes men and women at all fitness levels.

142 Gladstone Street, Fyshwick | romeroathletics.com | instagram.com/romero_athletics


We road tested Hybrid Performance shortly after it opened in February 2016 and loved the experience. Owners Clint Hartley and Adam Manakis are welcoming, knowledgeable, and able to bridge the gap between keeping things challenging and making sessions enjoyable.

There’s different membership options and programs available, so you can find an option that suits you.

Unit 3/15 Quilpie Crescent, Fyshwick | hybridperformancegym.com | instagram.com/hybridperformance_gym


Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author

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