I’m a group fitness instructor that teaches Step/strength training two days a week and a Zumba class one day a week. I’m a bit on the cubby side and I really want to get in better shape. I really want to try the P90X and/or Insanity. I also want to be able to balance my own fitness routine while still teaching classes and not over due it or injure myself. Do you have any suggestions?
I try to teach a suite of classes that is well-rounded, so that if a client were to only come to me for their fitness needs, they’d get the cardio, strength, HIIT, and flexibility training that they need to be healthy. By teaching all of these types of classes, my body gets a variety of movements. I don’t go full-out in every class that I teach, but because I get good variety and less wear during my teaching time, I have energy to do my own heavier weight workout at least once during the week.
It’s not a perfect balance, and I have to adjust now and then, but by switching out 2 HIIT classes for yoga, I’m feeling healthier and in less pain than I have in several years.
I would hire a personal trainer.
Not only will you learn to manage your own lifestyle, but you will also develop as an instructor, coach, and leader yourself.
You must prioritize yourself! You must lead by example. And unfortunately, as unfair as it is, our own bodies can be the biggest influence in terms of a marketing tool.
I always ask myself in these situations; “What would I suggest a client do?” If I would give a client that advice, then I should be willing to follow it myself. It helps me stay on track and validate any advise I give. If I wouldn’t do it, or if I suggest it to a client, I have to be willing to do the same: ie, chew slowly, drink plenty of water, take a rest day, balance my fitness routine – cardio, strength, flexibility-, don’t eat the “crap”, etc.
You’re headed in the right direction just by asking the question and looking for an answer. What works for one of us will not work for others. Choose your path, work at it, stay true to it (weight loss, strength gains, toning don’t happen over-night) and when you feel like giving in (or eating the extra piece of cake) remember why you’re on this journey.
Good luck to you!
Sometimes working so hard at getting others in shape, our own workout time tends to suffer. When we put so much time in the gym, I’ve learned that less means more. I believe a high intensity strength training circuit is the way to go. Including compound movements, like the squat, deadlift, pushup, lunges, and kettlebell work. Movements that burn the most amount of calories in the shortest amount of time. But I also agree with Michael, your calorie intake is the most important factor.