All of your confessions were so much fun to read! Glad I’m not the only one with some fessing up to do…
Yay, it’s the weekend! Who’s pumped?
HEATHER <—this girl is!
Wednesday was my first day teaching a whole workout to a whole *real* class. As opposed to family or friends, who are in fact real people as well, but it’s different.
The class is called Pump It, which is not Body Pump, but a similar idea. We do full body strength training using the barbell, but also hand weights, bands, medicine balls, body weight… really it’s open for any type of strength training.
I subbed Pump It Friday morning too, so now I’ve got 2 *real* days of that down. PLUS, I subbed for cycle on Friday when I was supposed to be auditioning… Something came up and I was needed so I took the reigns. So much fun!
Today I thought it would be fun to share how I got ready for my first class. I’ve received a ton of emails about getting group fitness certified lately, so I’m hoping this helps out anyone starting to teach, because that first time sure can be scary.
My prep started months and months go when I first began volunteering where I wanted to start teaching. It’s a great way to get an in, but also a wonderful way to learn from other instructors who have been teaching for much longer than you.
I began team teaching in Pump It, starting out with 5 minutes, then eventually getting up to teaching half the class. It was a nice way to ease into teaching.
Plus I got a great idea of what the class is all about and what the participants will be expecting.
For my first class I wrote out what I wanted to do that day so that if I needed to refer back to it I could just take a glance down.
I also got my playlist ready the night before. CDs designed for workout classes are great here too.
Be as ready to teach as you can be. This starts with prepping (see above). Know how to work the music and mic and have your cheat sheet near by if nerves creep up and you forget what your plan was.
Luckily I never had to use my cheat sheet. It’s comforting to know I have it by me. I found by writing and typing out my plan, it really engraved it into my brain and I easily remember it.
Have energy, energy, energy! People around you will feed off your energy and get more excited about the class.
While the first time teaching can be scary, try to have fun with it. I know I get wrapped up in what I’m doing during class and I’ll tell them to do one thing when I really meant another. That’s when you just have to laugh and keep going.
Get to know your participants. It’s fun teaching to people you know. To reverse that, share a little story or a bit about yourself… Even if it’s just something silly like what your pet did the other day.
If you teach group fitness, what tips do you have to share? Don’t teach but take? What makes a great instructor to you?