Coaching

3 Tips for Motivating Small Group Fitness Classes

Whether it be the beauty of the outdoors or the craziness of the holiday season, inevitably there will be times when group fitness class attendance starts to dwindle. When this happens instructors start to question their skills or fear management cutting classes – because class sizes have always been the

Ditch Modifications In Your Group Fitness Classes (Yup, you read that right!)

One of the amazing aspects of group fitness is that we have people of all ages, genders, skills, and backgrounds coming together to experience the joy of movement together. With this however, comes the challenge of teaching to all levels and abilities. As group fitness instructors we must understand how

3 Reasons to Stop Saying “Engage Your Core” as a Coaching Cue

Have you ever videoed yourself teaching a Group Fitness class? If not, try it out sometime. It’s an amazing tool to assess yourself as an instructor. It can also be excruciatingly painful to watch in that you’ll immediately notice you say the same 5 phrases over. and over. and over.

Foster a Growth Mindset in Your Group Fitness Classes

Our lives are simply an interconnected weave of unique stories that come together to shape our existence. For some, these stories are full of positive emotions and memories. For others their stories carry moments of darkness and despair. But everyone has stories; and often one’s ability in life comes down to

Is High Intensity Always Best? Heart Rate Variability & Readiness Training

I have to admit something out loud…. In order to effectively explain my programming and thoughts to clients, I draw comparisons and use metaphors. Storytelling and imagery really helps a person who may be an expert, not in the field of fitness, to grasp and understand my coaching concepts and

10 Tips for Teaching Active Older Adult Classes

I never intended to be a fitness instructor—I was a happy Nia® consumer, until it struck me that teaching Nia tailored for Seniors would be a reason to become a Nia teacher. Then I attended an Ageless Grace® Certification with Denise Medved, who demonstrates, in every moment, engaging and empowering

Are You Guilty of These 3 Common Coaching Faults?

The old cliché that cueing can “make or break” your group-fitness class continues to ring true—especially when leading choreography. Ultimately, we want to meet the learning needs of ALL of our participants, so they can easily follow us and have a positive experience. Here are three common cueing faults that we

How to Be a Coach in Your Group Fitness Class

In a recent social media post, I offered a reminder to fitness professionals that we should be coaching and not performing. I loved the feedback, comments and questions. The post’s interactions has inspired me to share my own story, as well as more of what I have learned from teaching

Everyone is Watching – Reactions Matter

Unless you’ve lived in a major bubble (or hole) for the first few days of 2017, you witnessed Mariah Carey’s epic fail of a performance in front of 2million people on Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin Eve stage in Times Square. In what she claims to be “technical malfunctions” and a lack

15 Tips from an Instructor’s Experience as a ClassPass Participant

In October 2016 Michael and I packed all our stuff into a POD and set off on an adventure. We took what could fit in our cars, and hit the road. Our only goals have been to (1) spend time with our family/friends, and (2) see all the National Parks.