Hi! I instruct a group exercise leadership course at a technical college. The course curriculum does include book/lecture components but I am looking to amp up the class this semester and incorporate more practical hands on assignments/activities. Thinking back to when you first started teaching, what do you feel would be a helpful activity to help better prepare you to instruct a class? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
I don’t carry AFAA certifications any more, but I always liked their way of analyzing exercises. Their 5 questions are:
The AFAA 5 Questions™ 1. What is the purpose of this exercise? 2. Are you doing that effectively? 3. Does the exercise create any safety concerns? 4. Can you maintain proper alignment and form for the duration of the exercise? 5. For whom is the exercise appropriate or inappropriate?
The way I analyze (similar but not exact) is,
1) What’s my client’s goal (either an individual exercise or a program)
2) How well does the exercise / program support that goal?
3) How can I regress the exercise or progress it to make it accessible to my client?
4) Would another exercise be more effective or more fun?
5) Do the benefits of this exercise / program outweigh the risks (considering safety, effectiveness, client compliance, other exercise choices).
Teaching a process of analysis is so much more important than teaching any single exercise. Too many of our instructors today are copying pre-fabricated programs without knowing how to analyze them.