Tips for Increasing Your Confidence as a Group Fitness Instructor

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Gaining confidence as a group fitness instructor comes with experience, but if you are a new instructor, you probably want to be the best you can be, right now. Luckily, allowing your confidence to shine through involves more than just experience. There are immediate strategies you can apply to appear more confident as a group leader (even if you don’t feel 100 percent confident). Here are 10 tips for fast-tracking confidence so you can stand in front of a class or boot camp of any size with poise, self-assuredness and a greater ability to command the crowd.

This first strategy is the most obvious, but it’s foundational to the other nine strategies. Preparation for group leaders comes in the form of ongoing education and lesson plans. Knowing the how’s and why’s behind what you teach automatically makes you feel more secure in your abilities. And stepping into a class or boot camp with a blueprint of how you want the workout to play out helps quell any jitters about making sure the class runs smoothly. For boot camps, devise a plan for how participants will transition from one move to the next, and be clear on why you’ve selected certain exercises. For group fitness classes, jot down your choreography and practice it on your own before introducing it to participants.
Even if you map out how you want the class or boot camp to proceed, it doesn’t always go as you would have hoped. So anticipate challenges and potential pitfalls. Knowing how to handle tricky situations before they arise helps eliminate worry about what to do if something doesn’t go your way. For example, stash an extra CD in your bag in case you forget your iPod at home or its battery dies. Pre-plan exercise modifications in case a pregnant or injured participant shows up for your drop-in class or an outdoor bench or park space you planned to use for your boot camp is unexpectedly occupied.

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Home in on your teaching personality and what you are most known for as a group leader. Analyze what special experience you provide in your workouts, then emphasize that experience in your classes or boot camps. For example, how would people describe you as a leader? This is about you—it’s not about how participants would describe your classes or boot camps. Consider the “leader persona” you convey when you stand in front of a group. Your leader persona could be a combination of what you say (e.g., you offer a lot of technical instruction), how you look (e.g., your style of dress or body type), what you teach (e.g., class format or style of boot camp), or how you act (e.g., mellow, boisterous, funny).

It can be especially intimidating for new instructors to stand in front of a group that changes every week, which is exactly what happens with traditional group exercise. You never know who is going to be in a group fitness class, so there are almost always unfamiliar faces. Get to know your most regular participants, and consider them your allies. Most of your “regulars” are specifically there because of you; look to their familiar faces to help boost your confidence as you teach.

On the flipside of the previous point, accept that some people just won’t care for your classes/boot camps or your style of instruction. Even though it happens to almost every group fitness instructor at one time or another, it can be a real confidence-shaker. When I was a less-experienced instructor than I am now, two participants at an upscale fitness club approached me after class to inform me that my 9:30 a.m. workout “wasn’t worth getting out of bed for in the morning.” Ouch! I was obviously upset, but I still really, really wanted these women to like me! And guess what? They never did. When I stopped trying to win them over and started concentrating on participants at other facilities who enjoyed and appreciated my classes, I was much happier. The sooner you let go of trying to please everyone, the more confidence you’ll gain.

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5 Qualities of a Good Fitness Instructor

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Did you ever had one teacher in grade school who made a horrible class more tolerable? Or that other teacher that made your favorite subject the most dreadful period of each day? Fitness instructors are no different.

There are those instructors that make the most painful class fly by as if it were a minute long, while simultaneously making sure you are getting in a great workout. On the other hand, there are those instructors we experience once and avoid going back to because they were so horrible.

Unfortunately for all you instructors out there, you have the power to make or break a class-goers experience. So, what makes the perfect fitness instructor? There are many variables that go into this equation. Let’s dive in.

5 Qualities of a Good Fitness Instructor

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Music

Music plays an integral role in anyone’s fitness experience. Some prefer to run long distances with no music, while others cannot function through a workout without some pump-up jams. In a group fitness setting, the latter is usually the majority. Bad music can ruin your exercise mojo. Therefore, trainers make sure your music is hype-up worthy! Spotify is a great place to discover new jams and gather a playlist with the click of a “thumbs up”. There are also pre-made playlists related to fitness that you can skim through!

Adjust

Instructors, do not let your students go through a whole class performing everything incorrectly. There is something admirable about an instructor who takes the time to walk around the class and correct their students’ form. If people aren’t engaging in the correct form, they will more than likely not benefit as much from the workout. Correcting form shows that you care about your class, and also shows that you know your stuff.

Forgive

By the same token, do not make it known that someone has incorrect form. Understand that the people taking your class are of many different fitness levels, so even though you may be showing them exactly what to do, chances are some of them will be in the beginning stages of their fitness journey and won’t be able to perfect the exercises right away. Show them what to do and how to do it, and if they simply cannot perform the exercise in any one specific way, move on. Encourage your class and adjust your instructions for each individual.

Relate

Begin the class by asking everyone if they did something fun over the weekend. Tell them a fun fact about yourself. Engage them. Make them laugh. Nobody likes a stoic, cold instructor who does nothing but walks around yelling at you. While you may be nervous to teach your class, remember that there are people taking your class who could be just as nervous. Some new students are reluctant to take group fitness classes, so by coming off as relatable, you are calming them down and making them feel comfortable.

Motivate

Provide praise. Show your students that you have a sincere interest in their progress. Do not only correct their form by telling them what they are doing wrong but throughout the class point out what they are doing right, tell them to keep it up, to keep going. Motivation is key to the learning process. Your students could have gone to the gym and done their own workout, but they chose to take your class. They want to learn, so encourage them now and they will be motivated to continue.

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