Some club operators have merged their group exercise and personal training departments under one leader Photo from Thinkstock
<p>Some club operators have merged their group exercise and personal training departments under one leader. <em>Photo from Thinkstock.</em></p>

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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