It’s 6:00 am Monday, and you are the drill sergeant of the toughest outdoor boot camp in the area. You spent all night dreaming up an hourlong workout that would make real soldiers cry. Now 15 anxious “recruits” stand before you awaiting their warm-up and your outdoor voice. How you begin this class will help determine your cadets’ performance, efficiency, safety and results.
If you’ve been teaching group fitness for a while, you may find yourself stuck in a rut. Maybe you’ve been following the same format, doing similar moves and using familiar music for too long. At some point every instructor goes through a slump—it’s normal. But mundane, routine classes devoid of any wow! factor won’t motivate your steady participants or attract new ones. So try a few simple strategies to take your classes from the ordinary to the extraordinary, and watch the energy level climb.
Dance-inspired classes offer an exhilarating approach to movement, giving participants a chance to work their bodies in out-of-the-ordinary ways. This fun option also provides members a diversion—a place to feed their souls for an hour. Whether you teach hip-hop, Latin, jazz or your own style, the following sample class will help you ensure participants’ success.
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This new column provides trainers with practical ways to approach common business obstacles. Using a coaching strategy called gap analysis, it explores issues that many trainers struggle with. Gap analysis helps people identify where they currently are with regard to a situation, where they would ultimately like to see themselves and the steps they must take to bridge the gap between the two. Here’s how a gap analysis can help you improve your success rate with client consultations.
Vocal cord damage can be a bane for group fitness instructors. Since the voice is a primary component in cuing, instructors who teach multiple classes daily may be at great risk for harm to their vocal cords. But vocal cord injury doesn’t have to be a part of the job. IDEA author and presenter Julz Arney offers the following tips
to keep your voice healthy and strong for years
Use Visual Cues. In choreography classes, the most effective cue can often be just one or two words coupled with a strong, clear visual cue.
Before you teach your next class, take a look around. Have you noticed how crowded the studios have become? Not so much with people, but with equipment! What are we supposed to do with all that stuff? The thought of incorporating even a few items can be overwhelming. Well, help has arrived at last! We’re going to look at integrating equipment into two popular class formats: strength training and interval-based workouts.
Yoga is yummy for the body, mind and soul. Good yoga teachers know how to turn their classes into cravings students can’t live without. If you’ve added yoga to your format repertoire, you’ve most likely mastered several teaching techniques that translate smoothly to the yoga studio. In this article, we’ll break down five specific areas you can further develop to make the next class even more of a delicious treat.
Regardless of our roles within the realm of fitness, communication unites all of us. Defined in Neuro-Linguistic Programming™ (NLP™) circles as “the response you get regardless of your intention” (Andreas & Faulkner 1996), communication takes place in the verbal, visual and kinesthetic arenas. It can be broken down to approximately 7% words, 38% tone and 55% body language (Bandler & Grinder 1975). The following refresher will help you hone your communication skills in these key areas.
As a teacher of the Pilates method, your job is both a science and an art. You want to plan your class scientifically, with a warm-up, a workout and a cool-down. You also want to develop the art of engaging students—because if you can teach them to focus, to do more than just go through the motions, they will leave with a newfound sense of connection between mind, body and spirit.