BTW, students who can not follow ‘freestyle’ can ot do so because their motor skills have been not trained to do so. That being said. training the body to ‘react’ and reproduce spontaneously feeds the brain cells and the reflexes. There is nothing to benefit from doing the same thing when compared to material that is renewed for the particpant. The trick is the help the particpant slowly adapt so we dont frustrate them. Whether people say they want it or not, they will embrace any success they experience relative to a newly found skill, bar none, provided they aare made to feel ‘successful’! Even those who say ‘I dont wat to think’ really mean ‘I dont want to fail’. Psychological this and that…..
Freestyle classes are a gateway for disaster for the lazy-minded or uncommitted. Structured classes are the gateway for shutting down an ingenious mind which can create change in the world. Those who refuse or can not contribute time to their skills should stick to pre-choreographed programs. Those who are willing to take responsibility for their own growth should be allowed to express their ideas. Without that expression, there would have been no Step, no Spin, no Zumba, no Boot Camp, NOTHING! If a teacher has passion and is willing to work to harness it, stay out of their way and let them soar! Otherwise, we are at a deadend industry! The future is with the ‘creaters’! Let them create…
Hi Dimitris. My preference is free-style, but I can see benefits to choreographed as well. For example some clients like the comfort level that they develop with a choreographed exercise routine. My preference is to keep em guessing so that they not only develop certain ‘moves,’ but also certain movement ‘skills’ that they can use to adapt to unexpected/non-choreographed situations.
Choreographed programs may be easy to learn for the instructor but they don’t take the participants into account.
If you are stuck with one routine and your class is way under the level of that routine, what will you do?
I think this is the biggest issue with ZUMBA and CrossFit (and others). It’s for the instructor and not for the class.
Teaching you a “routine” is a huge money maker for ZUMBA and CrossFit but it does nothing for what a group exercise class is all about which is providing the best workout for those is your class, not the workout that have been designed by a Corporate Executive getting richer and richer by copywriting thier “program”
A seasoned professional will be able to assess their classes needs/levels and then design a workout that will be safe and challenging for the participants.