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Conducting a group exercise class can be daunting. There are many factors to consider; from members’ safety and experience to group dynamics. I have complied below some tips that I found useful in my experience as a group fitness instructor. The write-up also includes some of the learning points that were shared during our teacher training practices.
1. Avoid using negative phrases or words
The brain uses much longer to process a negative word than a positive word. It’s like walking zigzag when you can walk straight to the destination. Your human brain responds much faster and more positively to descriptions such as “keep your back straight”, “proud chest” and “gaze up to the sky” versus “don’t round your back”, “unroll your shoulders” and “don’t look down”. Using more descriptive words also make your class sound more interesting at times. Instead of saying sit up tall every class, ask your class participants to imagine themselves as a tree growing taller! Using imaginary at appropriate times can help to enhance the class experience as well.
2. Use short and concise cues
Instead of cueing in long sentences, try short cues that immediately relate to body part movement and direction. Our mind picks up key words within a sentence and processes them in the most logical way. So, instead of saying,’ bring your arms up above your head, bend from your hips and bring your arms down to each side of your feet’, consider saying ‘arms up, fold forward and reach to the floor’. Most people would look at you and try to mimic what you are doing anyway. Essentially, don’t sweat over long complete sentences. The class members are there for a Yoga class, and not an English grammar lesson!
3. Avoid awkward pauses and phrases
We often feel uncomfortable when there is silence. And the natural reaction …read more