5 Steps for Managing Large Groups: Work within Your Limits

Step 5: Work within your limits

    Very few of us work in the perfect facility. Instead of trying to use that one piece of awesome equipment in a program for a team of 23, just acknowledge and embrace that it is not going to be a good choice and use what your facility does have to create a great plan.

No one piece of equipment has the answers to all of your athletes problems - come on, we all know this! So, make better use of the 10 racks and barbells for that soccer team. The lift will be faster, more intense, and ultimately more productive for you and the team in the end.

Don't have a GHR? Hook them up with the zillions of other ways to pound the posterior. The GHR is great, but it's no end-all, be-all! What about a power rack for squattin' big? Hey, grab a buddy and a big log to get the same work in.

Our suggestions are simple but effective. As someone who’s worked training large groups, I’ve found these small changes can add up to big improvements in the quality of your work-life balance and the results you pull from your athletes.

Sarah Walls

A little about me: I've worked in pretty much every corner of the fitness industry for about 10 years. I've had the great fortune of spending most of this time working with gifted athletes at every level. I've also had the great opportunity of designing and conducting research projects, writing occasionally for various publications and blogs, competing in powerlifting, and just generally having a killer time pursuing my passions wherever they may take me. Now I own two businesses: one is an athletic performance training company that I started in 2007 at age 26 and the other is a software company startup that was launched in 2014. Paramount to all the awesomeness of my professional career, is my family. My kids are a thrill and my husband continues to be my most critical and important supporter.