Be Prepared to Scrap Your Plan

by Dan McDonogh on Jan 27, 2017

You can do all the planning in the world, but sometimes the plan is just not going to work. The things that really matter are the success and safety of the people who walk into yourstudio. And to get those people to where they need to go, you must meet them where they are today.

You might have designed the most extreme, high-intensity class, but if a whole bunch of deconditioned people walk through the door, you had better go back to basics. This goes hand in hand with keeping things scalable. It might be enough to scale an exercise or two, or you may have to scrap the whole plan.

I can’t tell how many times I have had to do this, especially when I’ve been traveling and haven’t known in advance who the crowd would be. I have had to scrap my whole plan when participants didn’t match my expectation: Sometimes they have been less fit than I had planned for, and sometimes more fit.

In either case, if you don’t have a game plan in the back of your head or you’re teaching at the edge of (or beyond) your scope of mastery, this will be a lot more difficult to do.

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About the Author

Dan McDonogh

Dan McDonogh IDEA Author/Presenter

Dan is currently the Senior Leader of Training on the Global Athlete Performance Team for Under Armour based in Portland, OR. One of his main responsibilities is to ensure that UA has a unified & authentic message around Training in Health, Fitness & Performance globally. Previously, he has played key roles with two other major global brands, TRX & Les Mills International. In July of 2015, Dan was one of three finalists for 'Program Director of the Year' and in 2012, he was awarded the 'Group Fitness Instructor of the Year' from IDEA Health and Fitness Association.