Think back to when you first learned how to teach step. It was exciting and there were so many different moves. Then the novelty wore off, and you started searching for the latest choreography. Unless you were diligent about keeping up with your continuing education and spent a lot of time learning new moves on websites like Turnstep.com and YouTube, you may have added plyometrics or propulsion moves to ramp up the intensity of your step class. This is, of course, far from ideal since the recommended step cadence is 118–128 beats per minute (bpm) (Olson & Miller 1997).
The Sanford Health and Wellness Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reminds members to bump against their edges with No Limits. This athletic-based cardio/strength class is “simple, easy to follow, yet demanding” and takes participants through a journey of function and endurance. Another class on the schedule, KDANZE, emphasizes dance moves with “rhythmic beat and style.” Music ranges from Top 40 to jazz, country and hip-hop.
You walk into a group fitness class and never see the instructor’s face. Her back is to attendees as she checks herself out in the mirror. Another class turns into the most tedious workout ever because the instructor counts and counts—for a solid hour. These and other teaching flubs are common. And while newbies are most susceptible, even veterans fall into bad habits. Refine your subtle teaching skills and create an optimal experience that will keep students coming back. The following tips from veteran instructors help make a good instructor great.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh has many targeted classes on its schedule, among them Silver Strut. This 45-minute cardio/strength class is “for active seniors who enjoy low-impact dance aerobics.” Silver Strut “keeps your heart pumping nonstop for 30 minutes” and is followed with a strength training routine using light weights.
What if you walked into a fitness studio and it was lined wall-to-wall with trampolines? That’s what awaits participants at the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Rocklin, California. SkyRobics is “low impact and combines advanced calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics” on patented, walled playing courts. According to the Wall Street Journal, class sizes typically range from “three to 25 people” and the instructor “calls out drills that focus on speed, strength and agility, ranging from squats to sprints.”
A cool-down that taps into the power of emotions makes a great ending for your class. Last impressions are lasting impressions. Whether your session was a huge success or didn’t go quite the way you had planned, a cool-down that connects movement to music will have participants leaving on a high note. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library and learn how to otivate new clients—and increase revenue—through short-term, targeted training.
Indoor cycling participants at Virginia Commonwealth University recreational sports, in Richmond, get the opportunity to ride to rich cinematic memories in Spinning to Disney. While the instructor takes the class through a vivid visualization of an outdoor ride, the playlist features tunes from Disney movie soundtracks.