Hi Robert. I’d like to add my two-cents here since I just recently answered a similar question on this forum. In my opinion, the answer to your question depends a lot on a couple of factors: they type of group class that’s involved, and the degree to which the instructor is an ‘active participant.’ For example, I train teams and small groups of athletes. Depending on the actual session involved (e.g. is it a weight training session, or something like a plyometric or speed training session) my active involvement varies. If I were to try to actively participate in several plyometric training sessions in a week, I might find myself injured, whereas if I’m merely supervising and/or demonstrating a weight training session, I may be able to do several of those in a week.
So, take a look at what type of group sessions you’re talking about and see where that answer leads you.
I hope that this helps.
I myself have just finished a month and a half of 19 classes per week. It was very challenging….but do-able. I wouldnt want to live with that as my regular schedule…but it is possible to do it. I agree with all the other answers here…it really depends on the intensity of the workouts. It also depends on the variety. I wouldnt want to be in a class with an instructor who has taught and participated in say 15 cycle workouts….or 15 weight classes…but mixed up to different classes and intensities…that would be a different story. It really does depend on your instructor and the intensity they are able to handle…the real question would be…are the 10th to 15th classes still the same quality as the first 5 classes? If they are still quality classes…then the problem doesnt really exist. Your instructor has found a way to co-exist and teach without burning out. For this…you should be happy!! Your concern for your instructor is appreciated by her I am sure.
My max for several years was 15/wk. Much depends on the type of classes and the instructor’s physical involvement and age (lol). For some of us who have been teaching for decades, it is much more feasible to teach aqua, mind body, cycling and low impact varieties at higher frequencies than it would be to pack the schedule with high-impact options like we did in our twenties. I’ve seen peers of all ages who have suffered overuse injuries or professional burn out under the weight of an over-committed schedule. So, my philosophy is do what you love, give it your best AND do what it takes to take care of yourself for the long haul!
It really depends on the person and what kind of classes they teach. My classes are very cardio intensive and require a lot of participation on my part. I can only do that so many times per week. But if I were able to add in classes that worked different parts of my body and gave my body a break, then that would be different. There is an instructor at my club who teaches at least 10 classes each week, but she has the ability and the classes vary.
I teach 10-12 classes per week. The key for me is to not get a high-intensity workout in every class. Like others said, we are there first & foremost to coach and motivate.
A couple examples on how I handle different days:
Day 1, I teach yoga, cycling, and weights. I primarily demonstrate a pose, then walk around to cue form & alignment during yoga. In the cycling class, I ride the bike but mainly cue intensity changes–I do not push my own intensity as much. During the weights class, I lift moderate-heavy weights and make that my primary workout of the day.
Day 2, I teach dance, step, and water aerobics. I keep my dance movements low-impact and just quickly demonstrate/cue the high-impact options. I teach step with no risers (4″ bench only), or even on a Mat-Step. I then make the water aerobics class my primary workout of the day.