In this series we’ll take an in depth look at different group fitness modalities: master instructors in their respective fields will give you all the Do’s and Don’ts of creating an amazing class experience – whether you’re just starting out or are already an experienced instructor trying to keep things fresh! In Volume 2, high-intensity Pilates expert and coach Sarah Martz shares some of the most important aspects of a successful Pilates class with us.
• DO’s: How to create a great high-intensity Pilates experience
• DON’Ts: What to avoid in class and how to keep improving your instructor skills
• How to connect with your students
(6:00) Tip #1: As an instructor, you are not representative of your clients.
The best teachers are able to combine the education and science of the workout, and an emotional experience.This is not easy to accomplish, because there’s so much going on and so much information to give! Sometimes this can cause us over time to become disconnected with the experience that the clients are having in the room. Be sure to let the clients know what they can expect.
(11:45) Tip #2: Be present to the clients
Especially with new instructors, it can be overwhelming to be up on stage to a room full of clients and be in that authority position. It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed. A trick for grounding yourself is to simply focus on one client in the room. Focus just on them.
(22:14) Some important thoughts on hands-on adjustments
(24:15) Tip# 3 Tailor the workout for the clients in the room
Don’t cue a one-size-fits-all class. Not everyone in the room is going to want to, or be able to do the same difficulty level or position. For high-intensity classes, it can be very challenging at times, and it’s your responsible to be aware of everyone in the room and know when it’s appropriate to challenge them, and when they’ve reached that point where they’re past threshold. Harder is not better! You must know why you’re asking your clients to work harder. Power is personal.
(31:30) Make sure you’re checking in with clients after class.
Don’t simply address the room with, “Thanks, my name is Sarah, let me know if you have any questions, bye!”