10 experienced Jazzercise instructors share their advice for recently-certified instructors.
10. Don’t worry if you make mistakes. Chances are, your clients won’t know.
9. Practice cuing, and cue the movements in advance.
8. Make eye contact. Smile.
7. Engage with others in class.
6. Attend other instructors’ classes for ideas.
5. Know your music.
4. Be humble.
3. Be yourself.
2. Be prepared.
1. Have fun!
The results are in from the Two-Days-Before-Turkey-Day Poll: Majority of instructors voted that they were focusing on the abdominals in classes during the week of Thanksgiving. (Click here to view the original poll and results.)
I often receive requests from my clients for challenging abdominal routines, and therefore, I feel motivated to vary these routines as often as possible in my classes. But this is sometimes a challenge in itself. More than any other muscle group, I feel that the abdominals are the most difficult to vary movements with, especially with so many veteran clients in my classes.
Reaching out other sources can be a huge assistance, so here is one resource from an expert on the topic. Nicole Dorsey-Straff, exercise physiologist, gives her top ten tips for working the abdominals. Not only does she list some sample movements at the end of the article, but she gives some information that can be utilized in your cuing for the abdominals as well. Check out the article from Fitness Magazine here.
Have you found yourself subbing for other instructors recently? Are you teaching more classes lately than you are accustomed to? With all the chaos that the month of December brings to our personal lives, we might find ourselves working twice as hard to substitute for instructors when needed. Our flexibility and willingness to help out is important to the success of our clients and our business. However, in taking on more classes than our bodies can handle, we can cause ourselves injuries from overworking, often unknowingly. One of the more common injuries among frequent exercisers, and one that I can personally relate to, is shin splints.
Shin splints are brought on by high-impact movements, such as running or any kind of aerobic exercise that includes running, jumping, etc. A sudden change in one’s exercise routine can trigger them. A few years ago, I began to feel pain in my shins after adding two extra classes per week to my teaching schedule. The biggest mistake that I made, however, was that I continued to follow this schedule after I began to feel the shin splints. Resting is crucial for both the prevention and care of shin splints, as this article, “How To Prevent Shin Splints,” from ACE Fitness, points out. Whether you have had a history of the injury, or simply need a small reminder to take care of your shins, this article provides some expert advice. Check it out, and remember to take a few minutes for your health this time of year. Stretch, drink plenty of water, and get plenty of rest.
I know there are many instructors out there who teach dance-inspired fitness classes, and we can’t deny that our clients love it. Dance is anything but boring. We do not only listen to motivating, upbeat music that drives the heart rate through the roof; we match our moves to those beats, and we’re having so much fun that an hour is over before we know it.
But there are so many more benefits to dance besides the fun factor. Have you ever considered the mental benefits of dancing for your workout? I thought I would share an article from Women’s Health Magazine that encourages everyone, regardless of skill, to get on the floor to dance as exercise. Check it out for yourself, and then remember to share some of these benefits with your clients. They already know they are doing their body a favor, but they might not be aware of the workout the brain receives when they come to class.
Here is the link to the page, “Get Into the Groove: The Benefits of Dance” on the Women’s Healthy Magazine website. E-mail this article, post it on your Facebook page, or share some of these facts in class. Your clients will appreciate it.