Whether you’re getting your continuing education credits, obtaining a new certification or teaching an unfamiliar format, you must practice new skills and, yes, you’ll probably stumble along the way. You may find it hard to step into a role that requires doing something unfamiliar; after all, haven’t you seen and experienced it all? However, research drives updated knowledge and techniques, existing talents do not always transfer, competencies might not easily develop, and if you’re doing something you’ve never done before, you will make mistakes.
Sound Advice – The Dangers of Teaching Fitness Classes
As fitness professionals, we pride ourselves on focusing on the health and wellness of the masses. Could some of our teaching habits be harming ourselves – and others – in the process?
Programming with Purpose – Variations
As fitness professionals, we have just seconds to figure out what our clients are able to do and the options they may need. You never know who is going to show up or what state they are going to be in. The golden rule to being a successful fitpro is you HAVE to be able to adapt at a moment’s notice and be able to offer different variations.
We need to program progressions in order to get fitter. Progression is not just about volume and load. Adding more sets, weight, and reps isn’t always the answer. When you are designing programs that involve strength or bodyweight exercises you have a whole host of opportunities. By understanding how to vary the factors of an exercise, you will be able to make sure your clients can keep moving. And by giving them options, they can choose the level that is right for them and keep them coming back.
If you cannot meet the needs of your clients, they WILL leave, because not everyone can do what we are asking of them.
What the Research Shows Us
Balance Your Training
Balancing is a complex skill that we learn as infants, master as young adults, and lose as we age. Older adults aren’t the only people to struggle with this however. Pregnancy, weight changes, injuries, and inhibited neural motor responses can all negatively affect balance. Individuals with poor balance will often develop a sub-optimal gait to compensate, which then leads to further motor pattern dysfunction.
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