Im a group fitness instructor about to embark on my first job. The gym I will be working for wants a functional strength class but Im having a hard time deciding on what exercises to do and how to make the whole class flow. I was wondering if anyone has any pointers on making a nice cohesive class? What are your top 5 tips for designing classes?
The first thing you need to be sure of is that you are familiar with the exercises you will be including to your class and feel comfortable performing these moves and if necessary you need to know how to provide someone with an alternative exercise in case they have trouble with a specific exercise. For example, don’t incorporate kettlebells if you are not familiar with them and all of the techniques and exercises that are associated with them (I’m only using this as an example).
Beyond that, what I usually look for when I’m designing a class are the following:
-the available space for the class (this can have an impact of the equipment I will be using)
-the number of participants (I prefer no more than 10-12 in my classes)
-their fitness level unless the class is targeting specifically only beginners or advanced participants)
-the equipment available to me
-the type of class I will be teaching
-the duration of the class (30 minutes vs. 45 or 60 minutes)
-the frequency of the class
For a class like the one you are about to start teaching you can do pretty much anything you feel like or feel more comfortable with. The easiest way would be stations with 1-3 participants on each station (30 sec. on each station/person). This way you can have 5 stations and be able to train up to 15 people. I think it’s easier to control and monitor people in 5 stations and make sure that everyone is doing the exercises correctly, instead of having 15 different stations and more people to monitor at the same time (especially if you are new trainer).
Like I said earlier there are many ways to go about this. In my opinion the most important thing to remember is that you need to make sure you know your exercises and be able to monitor and control your participants, so no one would get injured.
I hope this helps. Good luck!