I am new to small group class training, and am looking for tips on how to perform the warm up portion before the resistance circuits. Also, how do you typically design your classes /choose what parts of the body to work? Do you use more total body exercises to allow for shorter workouts in order to attract more clients that feel as if they’re getting a full body workout in a short period of time?
For a warm-up, it depends on what I’m going to have the class doing. If its a higher intensity class with lots of cardio bursts, then I use a longer lap run. If its more strength, then we do shorter range of motion strength moves using no weights that mimic the exercises we’ll be performing later. For example, mini squats with over head arm extension, arm circles, leg extensions, mini squats with chest press, etc.
As for strength exercises, it depends on the class. I change the exercises each class. Some days we focus more on lower body, some times upper body, sometimes core, some days we do all functional fitness bodyweight exercises. It just depends. I try to change it up while keeping everyone engaged. A little bit of something for everyone. I usually will give a hint as to what the next class will be like to maintain interest in the next class too.