I think that would depend upon several things.
1. What type of class is he/she teaching.
2. Is the instructor the type to participate in the class for the duration for the duration of the class or does he/she put more emphasis on teaching.
3. Does he/she have a microphone?
Many years ago I was teaching about 20 classes a week. That was excessive for me.
When I teach now, I put more emphasis on cueing and less on actual movement.
Hope this is of help to you.
I am glad you ask because it is important that you make your own health your first priority.
Joanne already made some excellent points. During some classes, it is almost impossible not to participate for the entire time. I would recommend not to do more than 10 of those per week.
But you may also be able to place less stress on your body during other classes. If you teach sculpting classes, you can go with the lowest weight you can find an focus more on teaching and walking around than actually participating. Adding core classes are another opportunity for little participation, and I can tell you from my own experience that people really like it when you walk around and correct where necessary.
I also love Joanne’s point about having (or not) a microphone. Voice injuries are very common when you feel compelled to yell for cueing. I actually purchased a personal microphone system where I carry the amplifier around my waist if I ever find myself in a place where my voice needs extra help.
When you say “take” do you mean classes where you’re the participant rather than the instructor? If so, then it depends on how many classes you’re instructing.
Joanne and Karin’s answers are excellent. I would only add that it’s important that you keep in mind that rest and recovery are as important as exercise in a fitness lifestyle. Adequate hydration and a sensible diet are critcal to allow for optimal glycogen replenishment in the muscles. Rest allows for stressed soft tissues (e.g., tendons, ligaments, muscle fascia) to recover.
Listen to you’re body. For example, if you’re starting to feel joint pain, if you’re not sleeping well or if you’re more fatigued than usual following a class, then you’re overdoing it.
I also heartily agree with their comments about using a microphone you find yourself yelling cues, even in a small studio.
Hi Esta. 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.
Good luck, and stay healthy!
As part of my position, I am required to teach 10 hours per week which I think is a little high and somewhat unrealistic as a Coordinator. However, I do know full time, master instructors who teach 2-3 times per day 5 days per week so 10-15 is not out of the realm of possibility on top of training. It does require some strategy as far as planning which classes you would choose to teach and how you choose to teach.
H20 can be taught as low impact (I have a lot of energy so mine tend to be high impact and I teach a bootcamp directly followed by sculpt). I also teach 4 Treadmill classes per week, 1-2 bootcamp styles and 2 core classes. In previous classes I have not participated in the class completely, just modeled the exercises and walked through working on participant form so there is always that option depending on the format.