I have always encouraged instructors to take fitness classes themselves. There is so much to be gained. I have told a few instructors that taught a lot of classes to just observe classes (or go very low intensity in the class). I like to take other instructors classes as well. I have gotten some very good ideas from doing this. I love to learn and do.
At several of the places where I’ve taught, new instructors have shadowed experienced instructors for months before beginning their own classes. With the rise of the pre-choreographed class, I see this happening less and less on a formal basis. It still happens on an informal basis, though; I mentor quite a few new instructors for varying lengths of time.
I love taking other instructors’ classes. It’s not often that I get an opportunity since I teach so much, but I enjoy it whenever I can.
I think it’s always a great idea to take other instructor’s classes–especially if the person is new to teaching. You can always learn and it may even help one develop their own style.
I used to do this a lot, but time is a big factor now, so I’m not able to do this much at all. 🙁
Always a good idea, though!
Gosh the answers are great. Of course take all the classes and workouts that you can. We never stop learning. Each time you take a class I suspect you’ll learn some new way to add to your classes.Always be open to new ideas. There are so many highly qualified and creative instructors in the venue that it will do nothing but add value and balance to your own instruction.