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?
We typically begin with a jog outside or in place, jumping jacks, jump rope, side shuffles, shadow boxing, and various other dynamic movements. I don’t encourage static stretching until the end of the class.
My class design is similar to the way I design PT sessions. Begin with warm up, work major muscles first and progress to smaller muscle groups. I alternate upper and lower body, and push pull exercises. Usually finishing with some core/ab work and stretches. I also like to do this in circuit fashion so that we keep moving and the heart rate stays relatively elevated.