How to run an effective group exercise program…
The roup movement is a double-edged sword.
Unfortunately, most programs subscribe to the latter.
As coaches and programmers, we must avoid potential pitfalls and create more consolation prizes for those who feel uncomfortable about resistance training. How do you select gold from scum? Wheat from the chaff? Cliches are other things?
I want to tell you from my point of view:
I run a health club in downtown Toronto. From day one, my goal was to start a special project. Good will not cut it, it must be great. You might be interested to know that I never liked group practice. But I still offer it. Here’s why:
Motivation for group practice. There’s nothing like a group of people going beyond their limits and letting you balance in your own way. Whatever the Russian sports scientist will tell you, an interesting, dynamic atmosphere can be even better than the best way of thinking.
Group practice is more than just a social environment. It makes economies of scale more affordable than personal training. This is the ability for many people to get fit. You are helping people to pay attention.
Although in many commercial stadium pavilion, personal trainer and team sports coaches between apparent tension, but the fact is that community sports can be existing personal training plan of a very important assistant method. Philosophy must laugh, but.
These are serious positives. Unfortunately, there are also some huge potential pitfalls in group exercise classes. I will provide some advice to ensure that you provide the best results without being encumbered by any nonsense.
The good class should:
Provide a movement continuity: this means beginners should be able to work side-by-side with a performance athlete, and any injury or movement problems can be accepted seamlessly. This is done by modifying existing exercises to match skill levels and injuries. As a coach, you should do this automatically. Still, don’t trust your eyes and encourage people to approach you with questions or doubts. Each practice has three stages of progress and regression.
Admit that not everyone can do the team exercise: although more details will help you make better decisions, but at least it should be some preliminary screening – even if it is just a list of contraindications. This may lead to telling someone they actually need one-to-one guidance or clinical support, even if that means sending them elsewhere. Always remember that you are helping people.
Make it clear that working on your own level is cool, whatever it is.
To be clear, it’s not cool to work at a lower level: it’s not Tiddlywinks.
Combine the basic knowledge of sports science: from the appropriate prompt to the logical structure of the practice. For example, how many bootercps actually provide a 1:1 pull ratio or a bilateral action? It also means that there is an inverse relationship between technical details and effort. In other words, a more detailed exercise should be done earlier, with a smaller overall volume and a longer recovery time.
Running a great course means higher stakes. While an excellent class does not need to meet all of the following criteria, it should contain at least one or two of the following characteristics.
The great class should:
Low client ratio: if the coach can’t correct every major movement problem, then there are too many problems. Appropriate proportions can be maintained by limiting class sizes or adding assistant coaches. The ratio of participants to teachers is the largest proportion you should have.
Planning: as long as it is possible, the teacher should evaluate the new participants and create a progress to provide them with the right starting point. This should be done through a process of movement based on the level of proficiency shown.
Beginner’s flow: having some basic body awareness and coordination – in a perfect world – will be a prerequisite for a strong group exercise. The ability to help all beginners develop basic levels means that other classes of people can consistently perform high levels of tasks.
Recovery: planning recovery is often impractical (for the reasons outlined in this article) to monitor the amount of overtraining. When a person’s workload is greatest, the most effective thing to do for them is to get out of this job. It’s crazy.
Industry standards are booming, and if Jazzercise is now obsolete, wait to see how the standard today is five years old. You do things that help people