You would only know this if we’ve been connected for a long time but TBBC used to offer large group training exclusively. In fact, it wasn’t uncommon for us to have up to 30 people in one session. We were having fun, helping people, and doing quite well. But then….
I entered the gym one day and was unhappy with what I saw.
Dozens of people were doing pushups but many of them flat out incorrectly. I didn’t blame the coach. It was just too much to handle.
I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was a dilemma indeed. Do I leave it as is? After all, people were happy and we were doing well. Or do we completely change the model? I knew this would be a lot of work and leave a decent amount of people unhappy.
After much contemplation, I couldn’t violate my values of why I got into this.
I really believed in the value and power of good coaching. We couldn’t offer it at that level. I don’t think anyone can.
After a variety of steps we arrived at our current model. We still offer team training but I think this is where the magic happens:
Groups of 2-6 (8 during prime time)
Members being coached at their level
Members feeling cared for (That’s what we hear)
Members don’t feel intimidated
Members have FUN!
When we first made the switch, I second guessed myself for a bit as it was much harder to make the switch. That is often what happens when we make the right decision. The harder way is usually the better way. Over time, there have been numerous times when the decision was confirmed.
I had 2 recent confirmations.
I was talking to a guy at a party and he said, “I was going to (insert large group franchise) and I’ve never gotten more hurt at a gym.” He was referring to all of the repetitive movements and lack of balance in the program.”
Another new member expressed the same sentiments. She said, “I went to (insert same large group franchise) and I was never corrected on my form.”
I hope I don’t come across as a hater. That’s not my intention, which is why I didn’t include the franchise name.
People are different and have different needs.
We are passionate about working with people who don’t want to just be a face in the crowd.
We get to know our members. Everything from their kids to any physical limitations.
If this is something that resonates with you, reach out because I’d love to chat!
If you are already a member, THANK YOU. Hopefully this serves as a reminder as to what makes us different.
Perhaps it will inspire you to also do the hard thing you know you need to do.