So this might be a controversial question and definitely a question with multiple sides to it, but as instructors what do you think about classes that market to all students? Classes that say modifications can be made and the class is suitable for all levels and abilities? Obviously, this can be a good thing because it promotes everything working out and not excluding people. But is it bad if a class is only marketed to certain types of abilities? Does anyone teach a class like this now? I’m thinking about teaching a cardio dance class that would include plyometrics. The class would include up/down movements things like Burpees, push-ups, ect. This obviously wouldn’t be suitable for all levels as a beginner fitness participant could get sick or could even get injured with that type of format. What are your thoughts as professionals? Sometimes I feel like whe in showing modifications in a dance fitness class I’m wasting time of advanced participants and vis versa. I’ve noticed all do a routine full out and my beginner doesn’t know what to do. Or I’ll show a modification first and then build from there and my advanced people are bored. I know we can’t please everyone 100% of the time, but in an age where time is limited and people want the best workout for their time would this concept work of having classes designed only for certain types of participants? Any feedback you have is appreciated!
I just came across an article here on IDEA about Fitness Trends for 2015 (while searching for something completely different!), and I thought it might help you. Here is a paragraph from it:
“The expectation for our clubs to have every type of class in a variety of time slots, combined with the maturation of the . . . participants, has left us programming for folks who are already serviced,” says Fable. “We are making classes harder rather than more inclusive. There has been a renewed emphasis on ÔÇÿatmosphere’ to the detriment of substance.”
From my own experience, I have to say that I agree. I have seen classes become harder and harder, and instructors teaching for their own workout and not to the needs of participants. We are not servicing those participants who need an introduction level class where they can learn. I’ll find the article for you.