Hey there, fellow fitness enthusiasts! If you’re like me, you know there's always room for growth and improvement in the exciting and constantly evolving field of health and wellness.
You’re not a “just follow along to a script” kind of instructor — you’re a “let’s see where else we can take this” kind of person. You’re like Amelia Earhart taking to the skies… but with weights and yoga mats.
You want to not only be the best instructor you can be — but also be an industry trailblazer.
So here are some tips to help you level up.
The first step to go above and beyond is to keep learning.
No, I’m not talking about applying to the local community college. I mean things like…
- Attend workshops and seminars: Seek out educational opportunities that can help you learn new techniques or methods, or reinforce your existing knowledge.
- Read books and articles: Keep up-to-date with the latest fitness trends, research, and ideas. This can give you inspiration for your own classes or help you develop new techniques.
- Network with other fitness professionals: Talk to other fitness professionals to learn from their experiences and to build connections in the industry.
All of these things can help you refine your skills and stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry.
As an instructor, it's important to engage your participants and make it fun. (No one wants to work out when it feels like a snooze fest, right?)
- Create a welcoming environment: Make your participants feel comfortable and help them actually enjoy coming to class.
- Use music: Music can energize your class and set the tone for the workout. Consider creating playlists that are appropriate for your class's energy level and theme.
- Be enthusiastic: Show your passion for fitness and create an upbeat atmosphere that motivates your participants. Your energy will reflect on your students.
Be a little original when it comes to engaging those around you. There are lots of classes out there — so ask yourself what you can do to stand out.
Make an effort to get to know your participants on a personal level. You’re a part of their lives right now — so dig in and make some connections!
- Learn a little about them: Going one-on-one helps build rapport and shows that you care.
- Ask about their goals: Understanding what your participants want to achieve can help you design a workout that meets their needs. This should be your number one goal as an instructor!
- Be attentive: Pay attention to your participants during the class and make adjustments based on their feedback and performance. Positivity and encouragement will make all the difference in your students' success down the road.
You don’t want to be just another face in the world of instructors. You want to be the instructor that everyone remembers, admires, and appreciates.
Technology has revolutionized the fitness industry — and it's important for instructors to embrace it (don’t be the only one stuck in the past!).
- Use fitness apps and wearables: Encourage your participants to track their workouts using fitness apps and wearables. This can help them set goals and track their progress.
- Incorporate virtual classes: Offer virtual classes to reach participants who can't make it to the gym in person. This can help you expand your reach and connect with people from all over the world.
- Utilize social media: Use social media to promote your classes and connect with your participants. This can help you build a community and keep your participants engaged.
There’s so many amazing things you can do in today's digital age. Take advantage of all of the benefits!
Finally, remember to take care of yourself.
As an instructor, it's easy to put your participants' needs ahead of your own. But in order to be an ultra pro — you need to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.
- Get enough rest: Make sure you're getting enough sleep to avoid burnout and exhaustion.
- Eat healthy: I know you tell others to do this, but you have to remember to do it too! Fuel your body with healthy foods that will give you the energy you need to teach your classes.
- Take time for YOU: Read a book, get a massage, spend time outdoors… whatever it is that will help you reduce stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
You can only teach what you can handle — so make you your number one priority. It’ll make a world of difference to the people you are trying to help.
Make a Difference
Remember, as an instructor, you have the power to make a real impact on people's lives. It’s both exciting and rewarding.
Whether you're teaching a high-intensity interval training class or a calming yoga session — your enthusiasm, passion, and expertise can inspire and motivate your participants to achieve their fitness goals.
Keep going, growing, and moving forward. Don’t just light a match — set a blaze!