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zspuckl

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I am starting a job as a fitness instructor in a couple of weeks, and I am pretty excited, but I have never aught a class before, any tip, hints, or suggestion of what you like in a group fitness instructor? Thanks!
 
It depends on what type of group your instructing. A beginner class will have different expectation than a class of experienced people and the sex of the class also makes a big difference. Teaching a group of ladies to do step aerobics, or Zumba is completely different to teaching a circuit class or boot camp.

If you teaching a class set to music, are you doing your own choreography or is it written by somebody else, if it is somebody elses then make sure you read the timing notes provided.

Probably the biggest tip is to stay relaxed, interact with the class don't just talk or shout at them.
 

roflolmao

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I feel that putting on a positive and cheerful attitude is very important! Make people feel good about themselves and let them enjoy the entire workout process. Make working out fun for them and I'm sure you'll get popular thru word of mouth.

One more thing, I think credibility is important for a trainer. Maybe u need to highlight some of your "fitness achievements" or "accomplishments" to potential clients.
 

PWiD

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Here's what I think. At the gyms I've been to, quite a few instructors have been rather pretentious and what not. Some just carry their jobs out 'to the paper' - they rarely take initiative to assist the clients in anything other than physical training. What I meant by that is, you should also provide nutritional advise where necessary and especially if you think it is crucial.

Lastly... Practice what you preach. Don't expect your clients to follow along if you don't show them what you wish for them to learn.

P/S : Could you tell me where you got your CPR/AED cert? I need to get one by July 2012 for my certification as well ):
 

clan_NEt

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You may want to weigh the pros & cons between working as a instructor at a public gym and private gym. Do some research before plunging in!
 

rAWr

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P/S : Could you tell me where you got your CPR/AED cert? I need to get one by July 2012 for my certification as well ):
actually u can get this from NS. just find ur superiors ask them if can help u apply for the course. It's usually conducted by medic specs. or u can go direct to the medical centre to ask.
 

PWiD

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I'm gonna ORD soon /: And I did went for a course at Queenstown's Civil Defence, but they didn't gimme any cert.
 

carol44

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How exciting for you. I like instructors that give some personal attention. I am always as enthused as the instructor, so making your group know how you feel about staying fit will rub off.
 

Lee11

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Congratulations on your job!
I am sure you will know what to do.
All I ask is that you do not do this one thing that was done to me...many years ago...at my university's gym and left me traumatized for years. Literally, for years.
It is actually hilarious.
Now.
In hindsight....

I joined My uni's gym with a few friends and decided to do the aerobics class with my buddy.
The instructor was very high energy and actually looked and spoke like he was in the army and that our class was bootcamp. I innocently took a breather about 20 minutes in...when he quietly walked up behind me, and when I turned around...he shoved his face close up to mine and shrieked "MOOOOOVVVE!!"

I did move.
Right out of the class.
I never went back and still have to work up the courage to go to a similar type of class.
Please don't do anything like that to anyone?
Smile.

Just teasing. I know you won't. All the best...enjoy, follow your heart and all will be fine.
 

pitdog

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LOL @Lee11 u can remember the events so vividly! Must have been a intense and traumatic experience haha
 
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Lee11

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LOL @Lee11 u can remember the events so vividly! Must have been a intense and traumatic experience haha
Pitdog, it was spine-chilling! I chuckle again as I think of it. I have moved on to yoga, kickboxing etc...in fact, anything that is NOT an aerobics style class. We all affect each other. Positively or negatively - I try to always keep this in mind in my interactions with others.
I am also pretty certain I was not the only one seriously mentally scarred from that experience!

It takes all kinds to make the world go round hey (-:
Thank you for taking the time to read my silly words and for your fun feedback.
So, YES - in your words, it was an intense and traumatic experience: of note! (big smile):eek:
 

LLuDawg

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I like it when trainers motivate the group members and are always nice. Whatever you do, just have fun with it because if you are having fun everyone else will be having fun and getting a workout.