Being a group fitness instructor is a very rewarding and satisfying job, however, if you don’t look after yourself it could be very short lived. Below are some ways to help increase your longevity as an instructor and to help stay injury free.
Rest & recuperation
As a group fitness instructor you put yourself under a lot of strain both physically and mentally and this can lead to injury or possibly making ourselves unwell. So it is therefore important you get adequate rest in-between class. Its also important you get enough sleep at night, as this is when your body recovers. As lack of sleep could lead to poor technique that would potentially lead to an injury or overuse injury. We also recommend at least taking one day off a week from teaching to allow your body to rest.
You may also consider having sports massage on a regular basis to aid your recovery and prevent injuries. This is especially important if you teach a lot of high impact or physically demanding classes.
Volume of classes
It’s all too easy sometimes to agree to cover that extra class or commit to teaching a regular class on your day off. To ensure you will still be teaching classes in years to come it is important to listen to your body and only teach a sensible number of classes per week. Teaching a high volume of classes per week over a sustained period of time will no doubt increase the chance of you getting injuries.
Choosing the correct footwear is such an important decision when you are a group fitness instructor. Incorrect footwear will lead to blisters or possibly injuries. When choosing footwear we recommend you go to a proper sports shop or trainer expert to get your running style looked at so you can make proper decisions when purchasing trainers.
It’s also a good idea to replace your footwear every 3-6 months as worn trainers can lead to them loosing their support and becoming less effective. You may also require a different type of footwear depending on what type of classes you teach.