Teaching Tips

4 Challenges of Life as a Fit Pro

We have all had that dream. You know. You show up to teach your packed class and your music won’t play, your cycling shoes aren’t in your bag and you’re naked. In a previous post, Summer shared ways to survive those nightmares by always having your “instructor survival kit“, but

Stay Injury Free in Group Fitness Classes

A couple years ago, I read a story on Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathoner. At 100 years young, he crossed the finish line at the Toronto Marathon. The writer detailed Fauja’s favorite foods and race highlights. But the most fascinating part of the piece was how Singh handled injury

Stay Calm when Disaster Strikes as a Fit Pro

It’s that moment just before you begin leading your group-fitness class and you make a MASSIVE discovery. Panic mode launches into full effect: hot flashes, shaky hands, fast speech. It’s almost like you pushed play to Eminem’s Lose Yourself: “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy…” Most of

Understand the Science to Create Great HIIT Workouts

Have you fallen culprit to any of the 5 ways that HIIT is being used in vain in group exercise classes? Disclaimer: this gets a bit science heavy in places, so just to not have you going “huh” the whole time, I have provided an exercise science 101 review guide for

How to Keep the Gym Active During the Summer Months

If you have been in the fitness industry for any length of time as an instructor or GX manager, you know that the summer season for group fitness can seem somewhat discouraging.  While all the outdoor playtime is nice, your bottom line pays the price. Clubs and independent studios alike

5 Tips to Support Group Fitness WallFlowers

While many who come to group exercise for the social aspect, there are some who want to hang out in the back corner and not be seen. I am one of those people. While I shine on the stage, I don’t like to have my name called out, massive amounts

Fit Pros: How to Stay Calm when Teaching

Are you a perfectionist?  Do you get upset when you make a mistake in a class?  Have you told yourself you should never teach again because that class was so horrible?  If so, then you are a real group exercise instructor!! It seems that being a group exercise professional brings with

Tips for Avoiding Group Exercise Instructor Nightmares

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat from a dream so terrifying that it felt real?  Was a vampire chasing you down and trying to suck your blood?  OR maybe you become victim to a group of zombies and was trying to

6 Tips for Retention in Group Fitness Classes

The group exercise department is the heart and spirit of many fitness facilities. We see members on a regular basis, over long periods of time, giving us the unique opportunity to develop community. It’s a juggling act to keep as many regulars as possible happy while integrating new members into