Once you have been teaching for a while you should look to try and progress your teaching skills from just an instructor to more of a coach. Below are ways to help make this transition.
Do you find yourself saying the same things in every class? Do you find yourself saying teaching cue’s and your class members just don’t get it?
This happens because we are just teaching and not coaching. One of the most effective ways to move more towards coaching is to script your class. This will include preparing some pre-rehearsed coaching cue’s before your class starts, so you know exactly what you’re going to say during a certain move, track or time in the class. By using scripting in your class it can lead to reducing the amount of fluff and padding you say in your class leading to your cue’s/teaching points having more impact.
A lot of the time your participants will not think the teaching cue’s are aimed at them or they will not be listening or maybe they just don’t understand. A tool to help you achieve better coaching is to teach to the class in front of you. If your members cannot pick up a certain move for example give them one cue/point and let that cue land (coach the cue then say nothing) and give them a chance to respond and act before trying to say another cue. People can’t focus on several things at the same time, they need time to act and respond.
How your voice can be used more affectively during your class
Your voice is one of the most powerful tools as a group fitness instructor and can be used in many ways.
Imagine how boring your favourite movie or TV programme would be if all the actors spoke with out changing their voice or the volume of their voice?
In your next class try and use different voice contrasts when teaching, such as being conversational during the verse of a song and being big and raising your voice volume during the chorus of the song. This can have a big impact on the class and help them achieve more and push harder during a hard section or pull back during a recovery section of the class.
The Power of eye contact
Using eye contact can be a really affective way to get your coaching across to an individual. So rather then making a teaching point to the whole class when only one person is getting something wrong, you could use eye contact to get the message across quickly and effectively.
Make eye contact with the individual for a couple of seconds then cue your teaching/coaching point. You may find you need to do this several times.
Using silence is a great way to give your teaching/class impact. Sometimes saying nothing can be better then any vocal teaching point or cue.
By using silence it allows your members to respond to any instructions you have given out and also allows them to hear the music, especially when there are some great lyrics or an uplifting chorus.