As a group instructor, do you find it challenging to fit in your own workouts without overtraining?
I teach a Boot Camp, Pilates, and Yoga class each week. I know there are other instructors out there who teach even more than that. How do you balance your weekly classes with your own personal workouts without overtraining? Do you still do your own resistance training programs on days you're also teaching a class?
I also teach and take martial arts classes and cardio kickboxing 3x a week at night and a Sat. a.m. kickbox boot camp.
I am not one to walk around and bark cues. I get down on the floor and do pushups right along side you, or punch & kick the heavy bag on the other side of you. I like to sweat with my members and they like that! So I get a workout for them not just for me. They mimic me and feed off of my energy which I feel is very important for a group exercise instructor to be able to do. God forbid I stop and start walking around... they assume I'm taking a breather! LOL
Thankfully my day classes change while my night classes remain the same.
I am working on when I add in my strength training again, but, I've only been at this since mid July!
Now, it does depend on the type of class; in Step - I show the moves and get them started, but once I see the class is rockin - I start walking the room and motivating...taking turns on/off the step. In Strength Training, since my focus is on their form any, it makes sense that I'm not doing the whole class with them - and they are used to me directing and not doing. It's also an opportunity to explain "overtraining" to them.
Currently, I do MY strength training on days that I'm teaching strength - I prefer to workout in the early am - so by the time I teach at night, I've just gotten 2 workouts in 1 day - and I get rest before I have to teach that class again. But, I do change it up depending on when I change up the format of the strength class. I find the key is having a plan for my classes each week, and then planning MY workout to compliment - and vice-versa.