August 30, 2014
Group fitness instructors need to keep their students engaged and motivated. If you fail at either of these, you will lose your students quickly. If you do this successfully, you will create a following that has new students begging for a spot in your classes. Here are three traits that can move a fitness instructor from good to great.
They Participate and Teach
No one is motivated by an out of shape group fitness instructor or personal trainer. “How can I possibly want to take direction from this pot-bellied person?!” It doesn’t have to be that extreme, but your instructor should be participating in the class they are teaching. One Way they may do it is by performing at the front of the class as they explain the moves and motivate the students. Other instructors are constantly moving through the group working side by side students to either correct form or motivate.
They Keep the Beat
Another area where good group fitness instructors excel is rhythm. Creating a great class experience is not just about a great series of moves for a stimulating strength and cardiovascular workout. It is important to choose music that works with the tempo of the class. Equally important is to keep the timing of the movements to the beat of the songs. Much like clapping to the beat of your favorite tunes, a great class is made better when the exercises seem to be choreographed to the music.
They Consantly Refine
Finally, even great classes can always get better. Instructors never want the intensity to waiver or get stale. The instructors are smart to rework their routines and refine their craft. For some, that means adding new elements to the class. For others, that means totally changing the class. You never want your students to get bored. That’s when they move on. Overtime, they then add old routines back in to get people excited and motivated.
No matter what your class preferences maybe, keeping students motivated and engaged while achieving results will make a successful fitness instructor even better.