Archive for August 31, 2012

What makes a good instructor?

In my zombie-like state I have been frequently staring off into space and letting my mind wonder. Did I mention this was while I was studying? Yup straight A student haha. Okay guys, give me a break I did manage to get a fair bit done! But anyways what was I saying- yup my mind is wondering and I began thinking about fitness (as you do), group exercise classes (as you also do), instructors (1+1=2) and then I got to the topic of this post. What makes a good instructor?

As an active participant and an instructor I thought it’d be fun to do a two-sides of the coin type run down of what I think makes a good great instructor. (This is from my point of view, so you may agree or disagree- feel free to let me know in a comment; I’d love to discuss it more!)

A good instructor from a Participant’s point of view:

  • Runs on time.
  • Knows their stuff- choreography, left from rights, moves etc.
  • Is friendly and smiley.
  • Makes the class fun.
  • Turns the music up LOUD!
  • Doesn’t say the same thing over and over.
  • Offers options and challenges.
  • Motivates when it gets tough.
  • Is in time (you will be amazed at how often they go out of time haha!).
  • Is not crazy/loopy– haha personal joke ;)
  • Doesn’t take forever in between tracks or have 5 million drinks breaks.
  • Is fit enough to not die on stage haha!
  • Changes the mix so it doesn’t get repetitive, boring and easy.

A good instructor from an Instructor’s point of view:

  • Speaks clearly and loud enough for everyone to hear.
  • Offers visual, verbal and pre-cues.
  • Uses correct names for the moves.
  • Knows the feel of each track and how to deliver each one (which relates to the next one sorta)
  • Knows the intention of each track (peak, work the legs, conditioning etc).
  • Motivates.
  • Knows the choreography in and out. (And sticks to it mind you).
  • Stays in time.
  • Fit enough to effectively teach and do the moves.
  • Caters for all participants- give options and adapts.
  • Attentive.
  • Interactive and engages with the audience.
  • Knows the participants names and uses it.
  • TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE. This should probably be first because Les Mills is fanatic about proper technique.
  • Passionate about the program.
  • Makes sure everyone does the class safely and with the best technique possible.
  • Makes beginners feel welcome, safe and secure- so hopefully they keep coming back!

The biggest thing for me would have to be a flowing class (not constantly stopping), good and loud music, and someone who loves the class and teaches it in a way that makes you feel like you’re not exercising!

To each of us a good instructor is going to inhibit different qualities and do different things. For instance, I know some members who ate being asked to make ‘woop woop’ noises or join in on the countdown but personally I love it. I also know that members hate being ‘picked on’ for technique; and unfortunately I am probably guilty of this. I never point one person out but always start my class with a little speech at how important it is to chose an appropriate level and do that 100%, instead of doing a more advanced move dangerously or wrongly. Another option is telling the whole class to get their bums down and hope the person gets the message ;)

Don’t worry, I’m not quite like this guy ;)

 

 

What things do YOU think makes a good instructor? Or tell me about your favourite group fitness instructor!

Out of it

Excuse me if I seem out of it today but I feel like I am still half asleep. Don’t get me wrong I had a decent set of snooze hours last night but it must be all these early mornings and stress lately that has got me a bit lethargic. Hopefully after a good sleep tonight I’ll be pumped and ready to go as usual for the Step Workshop tomorrow! I always really enjoy the step workshops because the atmosphere is awesome, the instructors are absolutely incredible and it’s always fun to get a see/learn/do a new release of step! Keeps things fresh ;)

Enough about me, how are you feeling today? I hope you have more pep then me.

In saying that, even in my zombie-like state I have still managed to do a bit. Like make myself an awesome breakfast. Gone are those un-runny eggs and back are the type I like ;)

 

Then after my food settled, I headed to the gym for a Body pump and CX workout. And I wore my brand new shorts ;) I apologise in advance for the crappy picture. These are the shorts I went a size down in and suprisingly they fitted awesome. I didn’t get any riding up like I did with my other pair, so I am actually contemplating changing the plain black set to the smaller size also. But I haven’t tested it properly with a more cardio based class so I’ll get back to you on that.

 

Oh and last night I ended up also wearing the new Rockwear headband I snagged yesterday. I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t wear it right or perhaps the sizing is wrong for my head but one of the straps managed to make it’s way off my head fairly quickly. I had a feeling this would happen when I first put it on (felt loose-ish) but decided to just roll with it. One of the straps was very firm and felt good but the other was too loose. Not sure what happened there? But I am willing to give it another go. Anyone had that issue with the Rockwear headbands? The lady who sold it to me told me hers always stay on tight and she has one in every colour. So maybe it’s just my head? Haha.

Also guys, where has the sun and blue skies gone? I thought we weren’t meant to be moving into Spring! Clouds and rain go away pa-lease. However, with this weather I know just what to have for lunch. Mmmm, warm me right up… and will probably not help my sleepy state either haha.

What is one of your pet hates at the gym?