The whole point of exercise is to be healthy.
To make sure that you look after your body and to ensure that you are able to do daily movements with ease.
It is the responsibility of the instructor to take charge of the session that they are giving and to educate the client about what they are doing and why. Never ever let an exercise continue if it is being performed with bad, okay or horrific form. You will be the reason for their injury, pain or discomfort. It is your duty to get them to do it properly and to not allow a compensation to go to far.
Okay, so what do you do?
- Be more stern.
- Stop the exercise and explain why you are doing the exercise and why you have stopped it.
- Educate them on good form.
- Correct them and wait until the correction is successful before you continue with the repetitions.
- If it looks uncomfortable then it most certainly is. STOP.
- Up your energy level and take the effort and time to teach them what you want them to do.
- If you are bored, then you choose to be bored because I can promise you that there is so much to look at, assess, teach and focus on that the time to get bored is a choice.
- Get involved in each and every exercise. Emphasize it, use your voice, be hands on and just look interested.
- There is nothing wrong with changing an exercise because the one you chose is not working or the client is not understanding what you want them to do.
- Always communicate with the client to hear how their body is feeling i.e. back, hips, neck, shoulders and knees.
What should you not do?
- Never teach with crossed arms or hands in your pockets.
- Never look around while you client is exercising, they might just catch you not focusing on them.
- Never ever be or look miserable in a session, there is something to be said for an energetic or happy and friendly instructor.
- If you are a new instructor, do not shoot from the hip when giving a session. Plan it to the last T. Make sure that you have all of your equipment ready, make sure that you know how to set up the equipment and ensure that you have enough exercises in the session to make up one hour.
- Never ask an instructor if you are doing something right in front of your client. If you are not sure then stop the exercise and choose something that you know you will do correctly and that you are familiar with. But if you are prepared, then you will not have to ask anyone anything.
- Look bored. Imagine paying for a private session at a gym or Pilates studio and your instructor is bored. I would leave immediately and demand my money back.
At the end of the day, every experience is what you make of it. Don’t blame others for how you feel, how bad your class was or what you are attitude is. Be the instructor that others want to be around. Be the instructor that clients cannot wait to see.
If you can do this, then you will soar beyond your own expectations.
And that is the HEALTHY TRUTH!
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