Have you developed your own unique fitness format?
Anybody who has been in this business for a while, is inspired to develop her own unique style and/or format. I've developed numerous new formats and hybrids such as Rhythm Walking, Virtual Fitness Wii FAB and Tai Chi for Health and Wellness. Some are new and innovative, some are taught in a unique manner while other formats such as SalsAerobics may just have fun choreography that is really just latin moves taught in 32-count phrasing patterns. What about you?
I'm at this moment developing a functional assessment routine to identify muscle inbalances. If someone have any ideas that like to share...
I have been teaching for over 25 years.
My 70=80s class - Today's class name
Funky Low Impact - Cardio Hip-Hop, Hip-hop Abs
Latin dance - Zumba, cardio Salsa, Latin Groove
Dance Conditioning - Core Fusion, Yoga, Pilates, Ballet Bar
P.E. - Bootcamp
The names are cool and motivating but I can't keep up.
As a dance/fitness educator, I'm old school. i like it simple
1) I'm constantly manipulating the numerous variables we have at our disposal: tempo, intensity, exercise sequence, time of rest periods, load, etc...such that no client ever comes in knowing exactly what he/she will be doing. Overall, they trust me that it will put them closer to their goals, but the details are always a surprise!
2) I'm a big fan of multi-muscle, multi-joint, multi-plane movements. I strongly believe this integrative emphasis in training is key to people being able to move seamlessly from my studio to the golf course, ski hill, 3 flights of stairs with a heavy, awkwardly shaped baskets of laundry...
3) Balance and stability are key to all movements. Having clients stand on one foot, brace their core, squeeze their glutes...keeps them aware of all the factors involved in keeping them upright and strong (of course we want them to be strong prone and supine as well!).
4) I love to take the last 10 or so minutes of a 55-minute session for the cool-down/relaxation phase. I think this is seen as a "throw away" aspect of programs, both by clients and some trainers. I happen to think it's crucial physiologically and mentally. Stretching, alignment and/or spinal decompression exercises, movements with breath, etc..all of these work to literally help clients cool off, but they do so much more...They enable clients to leave sessions refreshed, satisfied they've given their all physically and emotionally in the session, ready to face the day, and excited to come back!
Check out my site at www.sharqui.com
I really focus on my strengths and listen to my internal messages, my gut, when I teach
Creativity is a thought process. Think about what you have done and then focus on what you have not done and do that next.
Constantly challenge yourself to switch things up and utilize every facet of your ability each time.
My strength is my intuition and the ability to switch gears which makes my workouts constantly different.
Take care, Daniel
And on a safety note out of your work with each client, be mindful of others observing what you are teaching. I work with a lot of very fit and capable clients. We make things look easier than they are and if some else would try some of the exercises from simple observation, they could really get hurt. I keep an eye out for onlookers and point out that the exercise is not appropriate for just anyone.
Several of them have been successful in my area and I can visualize how I would brand them and go on the road leading workshops. If only I had a clone to take care of my less fun responsibilities so I could do this! :-)