teaching a new class format is always a nail-biter. But I am sure that you are technically well-prepared and know all the Pilates ‘stuff’ and have taken tons of Pilates classes already.
My recommendations for your first class:
– Introduce yourself. Ask how versed the participants are with Pilates.
– Be candid with the participants and tell them that you are nervous.
– Ask them for their help by giving you honest feedback.
– Remember what you liked and disliked in classes that you have taken yourself.
– Good luck.
I agree with Karen. Connect with your participants and be yourself. If you know your stuff, but are just needing to get some teaching experience under your belt, your personality and concern for the participants with get you over the hump. I might also suggest that you keep it simple and stick with what you know or are most comfortable with. Don’t feel like you have to knock their socks off just to get them to like you. Most participants are happy to support you in your journey. The fact that you even put the question out there, shows that you care. I am sure you will do a great job!
Hi Martina. It is great to first introduce yourself and give them some personal info ( what town you live in, what you do for fitness ) they may connect with that. Then ask how they came to Pilates and of course ask if there are injuries or limitations that you need to be aware of. Then describe for them what they can expect from the class or how the class will run. It’s kind of a warm up for you and for them. I always kept a bit of a journal to jot down notes of what went well and some things you’ll work on. Good Luck! You’ll do great.
Here is just a few thoughts to come to mind:
1) Be patient with yourself and your new students; no need to impress anyone
2) Be honest – tell them that you’re excited and nourvous about teaching your first pilates mat class
3) Teach what you know well and keep it basic – later you’ll add your own brilliance
4)Connect with your students – use eye contact, get to know their names, offer hands-on-to enhance their personal connection and experience with the exercise or even breathing, consider teaching closer to your students rather than on a podium or stage
Lastly, I remeber having my first class too… I must have peed (pe-pe) 10x before class just to calm my nerves, bladders tell all!