How long would you wait in a line for your yoga class? The Wall Street Journal reported exactly how much of a “downward dog eat downward dog world” it is out there. Women wait in lines 50 people long almost 30 minutes before classes begin just to score a spot for their mat. Sure, everyone loves getting their zen on, but many women agree that the trainer is the real reason they fight for a place in that fitness class.
Not to pressure the fit and devoted trainers out there, but they have the power to make or break a fitness class. Seriously, nothing kills motivation like a trainer that just doesn’t get it. There’s a reason women are willing to wait in a line more than 50 people deep for their favorite instructor: these instructors motivate the hell out of them!
Trainers know better than Meghan Trainor that it’s all about the bass. Finding a heavy bass to push attendees through tough moments is essential, but instructors shouldn’t be afraid to really switch up the music. Between regulars and the different generations in one classes, people might get bored of the same tunes over and over again.
Trainers, do everyone a favor and update your iPod!
Trainers take tests to understand things like this, I get it, but do they really get it? For some fitness starters, showing up to that kickboxing class takes immense courage. Trainers should notice their progress and push them harder as needed. By the same token, that super fit guy in the front of the class may need some more difficult moves to get the most out of the workout.
Understand everyone can be at different fitness levels and adjust the class accordingly—it’ll keep everyone happy!
Do not, under any circumstances, yell, scream or bully anyone in your class. It’s completely possible that some people like this type of motivation, I can’t imagine many that do, though. Until given the okay—if you ever are—just don’t do this.
Build your attendees up and empower them to believe they can do it. This will prove much better for results and attitudes!
It’s a trainer’s job to give guidance, ask questions and help others in their fitness journey, but wouldn’t it be great if they shared their fitness goals, too? Training for an upcoming bike race or boxing match? Trainers should share this with their class.
Trainers can be intimidating and hearing some of their goals will help others realize they’re human like anyone else in that yoga class.