My first classes went well thanks in no small part to all of your helpful advice. I did have to modify several exercises and shorten the cardio portion based on fitness levels of my participants. They were all good sports and very kind to cut me some slack as a beginning instructor. I think we will all be a little more relaxed next week and better able to enjoy the class. I am going to LOVE my new career!
Base your class on your participants. You don’t want to frustrate people.
Be flexible and able to change your workout depending upon need.
I had a teacher at my studio with a masters in exercise physiology, she would pre plan her workout and would NEVER change it even if the participants were unable to follow, she had the lowest class numbers.
The more you can “read”your class, the more success you will have.
Sean’s and Christine’s answers are right on.
One other thing that came to my mind is that the age of the participants can also be a consideration. An older crowd often appreciates predictability. I had once been teaching a very similar choreography for years. Just changed the music, and my class was always full.
Be also prepared to change things if you are losing the class. This can be difficult for a new instructor because you have your plan and not yet that much experience in changing on the fly.
I wish you luck and success.
Thank you, Christine and Sean, I really appreciate your expert advice. I will be teaching a beginner total body conditioning class and when I rehearsed it with my very athletic 17 yo daughter she said, “Mom, you are going to kill everyone! It’s too intense and too complicated. Lighten up and have fun.” I will be referring back to your suggestions as I embark upon my new career!
Some of this will depend on the type of classes you teach and how often. Sean made some good points about keeping some main moves in each class. This will help some of your participants both feel comfortable with the moves and improve their form. Once form is perfected, then you can add on to those moves. If you are teaching a choreography based class, then you would want to keep much of it the same for maybe a few weeks to allow members the chance to learn and follow. Each class is different, so it may help to know what you plan to teach.
I do a combination of both–signature moves but I always like to challenge my classes with new moves for both an interest factor as well as muscle confusion. I tend to mix it up a lot.
Music is a big factor in motivation. I suggest having a nice collection of various play lists to keep participants interested and motivated.
Good luck and have fun! If your class sees that you are enjoying ourself, they will have fun also!