I currently teach 3 classes a week, 1 Zumba class and 2 Kickboxing classes. I’m having trouble keeping up with changing the routine for both classes and just want to settle on 1 class 3x’s per week. I really like teaching Zumba and it’s easy for me to maintain. How do I change my class format to just Zumba and still keep my classes full.
Do you teach all 3 classes at the same gym? If so you are looking at a single pool of students, if not you have to consider the makeup of each possible pool. Are these the only classes offered of those formats? How are the numbers for each? At what time of day do you teach? In other words, if you teach at a largish facility with, say, six other teachers, two of whom teach zumba, and four of whom teach kickboxing, you will want to see how many students come to each format at what time and for which teachers. If you have crossover already (your students come to you no matter what format you teach) you will have an easier time with the transition. If your zumba people want zumba and do not do the kickboxing even if you are teaching (or vice versa) you will probably see more loss of students.
I think planning ahead is a good idea. Making the change next week when clubs tend to be more full, and when a lot of new people typically come to try few things could be a good strategy, because you will need to make up whatever students you loose with new ones, and picking the time of year you change can help with that.
Also, make a flow chart of places, teachers, class formats, times of day, and so on. In your market if zumba does better at 6 pm than noon, for example, you might want to shift the time of day. Shifting out of a format that is not working at a particular time is easier than shifting it in a time it does work.
Good luck, and stay warm.