As a club owner where both freestyle and choreographed classes are offered, I prefer the choreographed classes–I know what the instructor is teaching is safe and effective and they have had to go through rigorous training before they are certified to teach. This means I don’t have to spend as much time monitoring the classes. The members prefer knowing exactly what type of a workout they will get and it will be exactly the same no matter who teaches it, and although they still have their favorites, there is less anxiety for “subs”. I sometimes worry about the freestyle classes (i.e. Zumba) because I don’t know exactly what they are teaching and if it is safe. Also, I find freestyle instructors more about themselves and their own popularity and don’t encourage participants to crosstrain.
It’s tough to label anything as “best” as it all comes down to what’s best for an individual based on preferences and ability level. That said, in terms of group exercise classes, choreographed classes create an immediate standard of quality throughout your club and your group fitness class schedule. There’s no variability lending to years of experience or background of the instructor. It strengthens the entire team and reduces members calling in with concerns about who is teaching class.
Teachers with personality plus will always shine but you as the owner, director have much more quality control from choreographed classes. You can continue to keep some other classes on if you have unique and talented instructors you trust.
either way works, follow your energy that day and most importantly your clients…..you can choreograph a routine, but then your client arrives and either their knee maybe bothering them or their back, or they had a stressful day or a have a headache and you instantly need to revamp it……I freestyle 7 out of 10 times……I modify my own workouts allot to fit the client…..and mix it up to keep it interesting and fun…..but follow their lead allot and give that push they need to get the most out of it all the time…..