Are you a fitness instructor looking to give or teach your first fitness classes?
Learning how to teach fitness classes is important. Think about which types of classes you want to give, how much you have to think about your fitness program, and with whom.
With that in mind, we’re here to help. Below, we’ll give some advice on how to teach your very first fitness classes.
Let’s get started!
Choose the Proper Equipment
When teaching a fitness class, it’s important to have the proper equipment. The type of equipment you use will depend on the type of class you’re teaching, but at least you should have a good pair of shoes, some comfortable clothing, and something to mark the physical boundaries of the class, such as cones or markers.
You should also have a gym bag full of the items, such as a stopwatch, a variety of weights, exercise bands, and a yoga mat for stretching or Pilates work. You should also stock up on small towels, water bottles, energy bars, and other snacks.
Once you have the supplies, do a quick scan of the equipment to make sure it’s in working order.
Create a Well-Structured Plan
Begin by making a list of the goals you want to achieve with each fitness lesson. It can include burning calories, improving cardiovascular health, or increasing strength.
Once you have set your goals, choose exercises that help achieve those goals, such as resistance training for strength and high-intensity aerobics for calorie burning. You can also group exercises into different segments. For example, warm-up, major exercises, and cool down.
Choose music to match the fitness level and intensity throughout the session.
Understand the Audience
Gather all the information about your class attendees before the class. Ask questions about prior experience in fitness classes or dance classes. Also, inquire about any medical or health conditions that may be of concern.
Once you have gained the information from your class participants, you can better determine what kind of class to plan. For example, if the class comprises experienced exercisers, a more vigorous workout is suitable, while a beginner may appreciate a slower-paced class.
Begin by introducing yourself and sharing your experience and credentials as a fitness teacher. Explain any professional certifications you might have, such as the ASFA’s Senior Fitness Certification. Giving a brief story of how you got into fitness teaching classes can also help first-time class members to relate to you better.
End by thanking them for coming and encouraging them to reach new heights during the class.
Expect the Unexpected
When teaching fitness classes, expect the unexpected. Have a few backup activities you can draw on to keep the session interesting and challenging.
If any unexpected issues arise, stay calm and attempt to find a solution. If necessary, offer modifications and adjustments to ensure everyone can complete the exercise and reach their goals.
Follow These Fitness Classes Tips
In conclusion, fitness teaching can be overwhelming, but following the tips in this article will help you succeed. Take the time to prepare, build confidence in yourself, and focus on safety. Once your class takes off, you will be thrilled with the results.
If you’re ready to teach fitness classes, start writing your class plan today!
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