Some club operators have merged their group exercise and personal training departments under one leader Photo from Thinkstock

Some club operators have merged their group exercise and personal training departments under one leader. Photo from Thinkstock.

Is It Time to Merge Your Personal Training and Group Exercise Departments?

Health club operators traditionally have managed their training and group exercise departments separately, but a few operators are looking at combining the two for savings.

Traditionally, club operators have treated personal trainers and group exercise professionals as two spokes of a wheel. Each was equally important to support a healthy club, but they required separate attention and management. The emergence of a new trend toward small group fee-based classes has begun to blur the lines, leaving many wondering if the potential for team synergy and cost-savings should propel them into a new management model.

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