When it comes to teaching group exercise classes, there are numerous things that can go wrong. Although a lot of the time these things are out of the Exercise Instructor’s control, there are some things the Instructor can do to prevent their class from going astray.
Here are Fitness Audio’s 3 most common mistakes Group Exercise Instructors make and how to avoid them.
1. Not Building a Solid Foundation
It is of the utmost importance that Exercise Instructors ensure their students understand the basics of their class and have them mastered before progressing. Moving on too quickly or starting your classes with exercises that have a high-level of difficulty is a big no no as it will increase the likelihood of incorrect form and injury, and will discourage your students.
To prevent this, plan each class carefully to ensure you are starting with the easiest exercises and slowly increasing the difficulty level. During your class, pay close attention to each student so you can individually guide them if they need assistance.
2. Not Varying Your Classes
Not adding variation to each class is a huge mistake many Exercise Instructors make. Most people opt for group exercise classes as they find typical forms of exercise, such as running or weight training, boring and monotonous. It is therefore critical that you prevent your class from being perceived as boring and monotonous to keep your students coming back.
One of the best ways to do this is to add variation to your classes. Rather than following a similar routine or structure each class, mix it up as much as you can. Demonstrate different exercises if possible and use different types of music.
3. Not Having the Right AV Equipment
It is easy to prioritise exercise equipment in group exercise classes; however, this doesn’t mean AV equipment should be forgotten about.
Having a good quality sound system that ensures your voice is heard in conjunction with the music makes a significant difference in the overall quality of your class. In addition, installing fun, colour-changing lights into your studio will further boost motivation levels in your class and provide your students with a highly enjoyable workout experience.
If you’re wanting to level-up your classes' AV equipment, get in touch with Fitness Audio today. We can recommend and install state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems that will compliment your space and motivate your students!
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