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SGT and Accountability

When it comes to setting fitness goals, it can be tough to stick with a new routine if you’re going at it alone. Workout machines, weights and putting together your own exercise plan can be a daunting task without instruction and an accountability group.

Small Group Training (SGT) at Cooper Fitness Center offers the best of both worlds when it comes to exercise–blending traditional personal training with the high-energy and camaraderie of larger group exercise classes. The result, according to Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Aaron Feldman, is a program that will keep you sweating while also keeping you on track to reach your goals, all while building relationships.

“Not only does SGT build the client-trainer relationship, but also the client-peer relationship,” says Feldman. “There is more accountability involved because others are on the same journey as you are, and the group setting allows you the opportunity to conquer obstacles together.”

Individualized Training in a Group Environment

SGT uses equipment that mostly relies on bodyweight. The TRX frame and straps offer the ability to modify exercises and add to bodyweight resistance. Additionally, participants often use free weights, stability balls, exercise bands, mats, battle ropes and more. The actual workout format varies based on each individual class. “Most classes consist of circuit training with a hodgepodge of three to 10 exercises performed back to back,” explains Feldman. “SGT has plenty of flexibility when it comes to modification. If a participant is new to exercise, he or she might take a few more breaks and have a lower intensity than some of those who have done SGT for a longer amount of time. But, in the end, all participants accomplish relatively the same workout.”

Sticking to your fitness goals can be challenging, but having a trainer and fellow group of class participants can help keep you on track. With four to eight other people in your program, you’ll be missed if you can’t make it to a class and your trainer will follow up with you to check in. “As an SGT trainer, I have the opportunity to make sure everyone in my classes are improving and to help them keep their fitness goals in line,” says Feldman. “I learn what they like to do outside of class, what their bodies can handle and how I can help them reach a higher level of fitness.”

SGT for All–Newcomers to Experienced Athletes

For those who are new to exercise, SGT is an ideal environment for getting started. Feldman often sees newcomers talking to “class veterans,” who explain what they went through during their first few times at SGT. “The newcomers recognize how much the veterans have accomplished over their time in SGT, and it makes them eager to learn and encourages them to stick with the program.”

Those who might be training for an endurance event or another sport can fit SGT into their routines easily, says Feldman. SGT classes incorporate strength training which gives runners and other athletes the conditioning they need to perform at a high level in their sport without injury. “Sometimes athletes and runners are not eager to work on strength training, or they don’t know where to begin,” says Feldman. “Having a trainer to coach them through the strength aspect of the program can help them build their own routines, and they also have the opportunity to build friendships and interact with others, which might not occur during their regular training.”

Feldman is quick to point out that SGT participants enjoy the program because of the relationships they build with their instructors and other participants. “Once you build those relationships, accountability falls right into place,” he says.

SGT at Cooper Fitness Center is open to the public. For more information, visit or call 972.233.4832.

Article provided by Cooper Aerobics Marketing and Communications.