Client Handout: 10 Things Your Clients Should Know About Your Group Training Program

A few weeks ago I was thinking about all of the things that I wish our clients knew about our training program.  Group training definitely makes it more difficult to educate your clients in comparison to one-on-one training.  That is why it is imperative to have systems in place to make sure you are educating your clients as much as possible.

Here are a few good ways to increase client education:

  • Educational speeches before, during and after training sessions
  • Educational Handouts
  • Email Newsletters and Blogs
  • FB Fan Page Updates

We have always used these options, but more recently have started getting educational posters made. These posters highlight some of the most important aspects of our training program that we feel people should know. For example we have all of our Level 1 Corrective Exercises put together on a poster so that people can quickly reference them if they forget.  (available as a PDF on our product Smart Group Training Volume 1 – Screening and Corrective Exercise)


I have also made the Top 10 List below into a poster and put it on our wall.  This explains some of the things that I thought our clients should know.

Feel free to use this and edit for your particular business. Jared made some edits and used each point as a separate poster for his studio.  Regardless of what you put and how you present it,  I think having 10 of your beliefs for people to rally behind is a good idea to get everyone on the same page.

This is what I came up with for my business:

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Your CFR Training Program

  1. You can control the intensity of each workout with your own effort.
  2. Pain increases cortisol and cortisol increases body fat.  There is no benefit to working out in pain.  Avoid the painful patterns and train the non-painful patterns.
  3. Soreness is ok, but it’s not marker of a good workout.  Just because you aren’t’ sore the next day, don’t think that you didn’t train smart
  4. Stacking fitness on top of dysfunction will only lead to injury or plateau.  That is why we use the FMS screen to find your dysfunctions and work on cleaning up your weakest links
  5. Overtraining is a major contributor to lack of results and people quitting training.  If you workout more than 3 times per week, it is highly recommended to take a recovery week every 5-6 weeks and do light training or complete rest.
  6. Lifting weights will not make women bulky!! It will make you strong and lean.  Not lifting weights will make you frail and skinny-fat.
  7. You get much better results from doing a less challenging exercise in good form than you will from a more challenging progression in bad form.  Form before intensity
  8. If your goal is fatloss, it’s important to know that you typically can’t out-train a bad diet
  9. Recovery is just as important as the workout.  A good post workout meal, 7-8 hours of sleep, stress reduction, and tissue quality work are essential to a balanced program
  10. We are not going to do any sit-ups and crunches.  Your lumbar spine is made to stabilize, not flex and extend repeatedly under load.  We do stabilization exercises for the core, and if your form is right you are working your core on EVERY exercise that we select.  Core training at it’s best is trying to maintain good posture under a load or force that is trying to alter that posture.

WHAT DO YOU THINK??  What did I forget, what changes would you make?  We would love to hear what you think, so please post your comments below.


Steve Long

Incorporating Rolling Patterns Into Your Group Training

Rolling patterns seem to be tricky, and many strength coaches and trainers neglect this important pattern due to the lack of knowledge with rolling.  I’m not going to go into the importance and benefits of rolling in this article; However, if you want to read a good article on rolling, check out a post made by Charlie Weingroff awhile back.  Great stuff here, and this article should give you enough reason to start using this primitive pattern in your group training.

Check it out here:

So how did we incorporate rolling patterns into our group training models?  It took some time, but the time and effort has been well worth it.  It’s really helping us take our programming to the next level, and hopefully we can help you get up to speed with rolling patterns being done in group format.

Here is a good step-by-step approach to incorporating rolling into your program:

1. Educate Yourself & Practice Rolling:

Learn everything you can about the movement and practice it yourself.  Get good at rolling yourself before asking your clients to do this.  A good portion of you are going to struggle with this yourself, so practice, practice, practice.

2. Clear Mobility:

Hopefully you’re already using the FMS or another method of assessing your clients when they come in for training.  Use your assessment to make sure all mobility issues are cleared before going here.  If mobility issues are present, rolling patterns are not where you should be. Following the FMS heirarchy will solve this for you and tell you what you should be working on.  Just follow the system 🙂

3. Give Handouts or Link to Demonstrations of Rolling Being Performed:

The FMS has done an awesome job with growing their exercise library, and the best part about it is….IT’S FREE!  You Can go to and go to their exercise library to have printouts and videos of all the rolling patterns.  Getting your clients information and live demonstrations will help improve your ability to incorporate into your program.

4. Provide a Specific Time for Clients to Perform “Corrective” Work…DAILY:

We incorporate corrective exercises in every session.  Doesn’t matter if we’re working in a one-on-one, semi-private, small group, or large group format.  Everyone gets their own specific time for performing correctives.  We usually incorporate our rolling patterns very early in the session.  Following the system provided in Smart Group Training will give you specific details on how we do this each and everyday.  There are a couple methods we have tested (both work well, just a preference thing), and Smart Group Training will show you both methods we’ve tested with great success.

5. Coach, Coach, Coach

This ties back in with step #1.  You will need to know some ways to give yourself and your clients some assistance while learning these patterns.  Performing these properly can sometimes be very difficult to do, so learning some methods of assisting the movement is vital to the success of incorporating this effectively into your program.  Using bands for some core pre-activation, kicking the heel of the long leg, propping the body up using half foam rolls, towels, etc…to limit ROM, and giving assistance with the roll itself are some of the methods we use, but knowing several methods of providing assistance IS A MUST.  Start taking away the assistance until the roll can be performed flawlessly with each rolling progression.

6. Step Away & Let Them Learn

The system works, but it’s going to take a little longer to get success with rolling in large group format vs. personal training (sometimes).  Find the method that works the best for each client and let them start to learn the movement.  This is all about feel.  Give them time to work with this and use your coaching skills to ensure your clients are successful.

There you have it…a 6 step approach to incorporating rolling into your large group training.  If you’re already familiar with rolling and the methods used to provide assistance, than this should be a breeze.  If you’re not familiar with rolling patterns, you need to take the time and begin to learn this pattern.  Improving rolling patterns will help improve your results as a coach and trainer.  Don’t let them scare you.  The power of rolling is well worth the effort.  Hopefully this will help make the process less scary.  Make sure to leave a comment below or ask any questions you may have about how to incorporate rolling into your programming.  Good Luck!


Top 5 Website You Should Know About

We hope you love the content we are bringing you so far.  We are very excited to be reaching out to trainers in subject matter that me know and love, group training.  We can only put out great content so fast, so we want to share some great resources that you NEED to be reading.  These websites are sites that we frequently visit and love. –  The is the home page for the FMS.  Learn about FMS philosophies, hop on the forum, or check out the exercise demo’s.  You can also receive an in home FMS Level 1 Certification from this site. – The best forum on the internet by far.  Great articles and the home of the strength coach podcast.  This on cost $10 per month, but is totally worth it. – Mike Robertson is responsible for teaching us a lot on the topic of corrective exercise.  Mike is all about the details and that is the biggest thing we have picked up from him.  He has on the most interesting and popular blogs on the internet and it’s a must read. – The Titleist Performance Institute is the on the cutting edge of golf performance training.  If you are interested in the topic at all than you need to be frequenting this website.  It’s a FREE website and has tons of articles, exercises, and more.  This is the beast of golf performance websites.  Check it out. – The premier kettlebell website.  Forums, videos, articles, and more.  This site is stacked.  This site is for the strongest of the strong comrades, enjoy.


This is just the tip of the iceberg.  We could list about 100 sites here, but we will share our all of our favorite websites over time.  In the meantime, if you’re not currently reading all of these sites above, you have some reading to do.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading our blog.  We can’t thank you enough for your