For me one of the biggest struggles in being a group instructor is cueing and knowing what to say. I tend to talk about what muscle group we are using and why we are doing what we are doing. But once you have a class regulars they know already know your go to vernacular, so it’s important to switch things up.
It’s moving beyond the basics where I get tripped up. Everyone has different things that motivate them, and finding a loose script that works for everyone has been an interesting journey.
I teach a WIDE variety of classes and age levels. Now that I’m not feeling new at this game, I’m getting more adventurous. I’m subbing at additional facilities and adding a few certifications I never thought I would have enjoyed. It’s true what they say…. try everything!
I subbed for a group class at a facility that wasn’t my home gym recently and was shocked by the warm and positive feed back from the members. And left with a Oh ya! finally have the hang of this feeling. Then I subbed at my home gym for a class and was told by one lady ” you say good job keep it up far too much we aren’t children you know!” And my soul was once again crushed.
Finding the script that works is a topic I wish more bloggers and instructors would talk about. I understand sometimes people are protective about what they say because it becomes their kitch, but I do think it’s a topic that is a great discussion.
We each are different and like different styles. I don’t like to be yelled at, or grunted at I find those options tend to make me laugh rather than work harder. But I also don’t like instructors who offer nothing, like you aren’t there after you are told what to do. And sometimes I phase out of classes I used to enjoy because they never change.
There is a fine art to the script of a group class.
Some people want to be left alone.
Some people want there to be an element of competition.
Some people want positive reinforcement.
Some people want you to personally call them out, some people don’t.
Believe it or not there are people who enjoy being screamed at.
There are people who just want to be told what to do.
Group fitness is in the people business which is often the most difficult category of work. It’s truly about the PEOPLE in the class not the instructor, but finding the right words to motivate each person can be hard.
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Zumba instructor Jennifer Lauren,offered some great advice as well. Less in the words we use but in our actions as instructors, she also has a great post here you can check out.
You can agree that an instructor can make or break a class. Energy and enthusiasm for what you are doing is important, and so are the words we choose to motivate.
Some of my go to’s include:
Lunges and Lace posted this post recently on learning from the bad instructors, that was interesting as well.
Now I want to hear from you whether an instructor or group fitness fanatic, what words motivate you?
Question of the Day: What saying in a group class motivate you for an EXTRA PUSH and Charge!
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