Should following beat during a strength training class be a must?
Do you think being on beat and following musical phrases should be a must during strength training classes? I am having a hard time to follow musical phrases when I cue for the correct posture and emphasize the importance of the performed exercise, talk about the muscles that we are working, motivate the class...etc.
in my opinion, there is no 'must' for anything at all, least of all strength training. We all encourage our participants to 'listen to their bodies', and have a group try to keep up with a tempo can easily lead to incorrect form, if not worse.
If you feel that music is necessary in your class, I would push it into the background. After all, you want your participants to listen to you as you cue for posture rather than struggling to keep up because of a beat. If for any reason you want a certain tempo to be followed, you can always cue it rather than having the music determine it.
Hope this helps.
I have turned my music completely off on many occasions for the very reason you are asking this question!
Music is the background, you simply keep people lifting correctly and safely.
I dont teach classes, but in my one on one sessions I often turn down the music in the gym. Keeping them safe and lifting with correct form is the number 1 thing to bring into account.
Not really..if you or your clients are having difficulty, try a different style of music.