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.
For my friend Yoav…I think you have many years to follow a choreograph program like i used to do in the early 90’s…You have to be a good quality trainer in order to follow all the Choreograph classes. They give you quality education and every 3 months you have to follow the new releases so you are keeping your quality live. You have to always be prepare and you know exactly that you are not doing something wrong. Its a lot of research beyond each release. Of course when you are a good trainer or instructor who follows a quality educational official training school like ACE , or ACSM then you know how to deliver quality workouts to your clients. But in both ways you have to Practice a lot!
I would say it’s all about the instructor… if all the instructors had gone through an in depth education and had the right tools to create quality sessions that fits their client needs then pre-choreographed sessions wouldn’t have been that attractive. When poor education and certification are all over and instructors prefer paying for getting a session instead of creating it… well… I can’t really relate to that as this is not the reason I followed my passion to be part of the fitness industry. Pre- choreographed programs create a generation of instructors that can’t think for themselves and becoming a “delivery machines” instead of trainers and instructors. I do support instructors that combine freestyle and choreographed sessions in their schedule and then having the better of the two worlds…
There are a few ways to interpret your question, the answers so far are indicating — many people may confuse dance choreography, which has complicated sequences with a planned class. Also freestyle can work if you are an expert communicator and know how to queue effectively. However, I find the participants in the class determine which approach is most effective. My clients say they prefer to take a class that has some set standard that they can follow in order to get a good workout (is that choreography?). Otherwise, they spend the entire class trying to figure out what to do. At the same time, the attendees have also told me that if they wanted to take dance lessons, they’d go to Zumba or Fred Astaire instead of to the fitness center. I think it’s best to do what’s right for the members over your personal preference as an instructor. A professional group fitness instructor adapts to every situation and brings the best of his or her training and experience to every class.