Planning a freestyle resistance class - non ETM
We all know that resistance training is going to be the single class to bring the most physical benefit to our participants.... cardio is great and it makes people feel good, but if they REALLY want to see the results then they need to add in something a little less fast paced. Here are my top tips on how to get started...... and how to keep things fresh along the way! 1. Make a list of the kit you have available to you You may well have forgotten something you bought 3 years
How to plan a banging non ETM warm-up.... quick & easy!
Creating your own freestyle classes can be a daunting prospect. And I will not deny I LOVE teaching pre-choreographed workouts, they inspire me, help me to think of new moves and variations and take a lot of the effort out of planning! However sometimes, I like to offer my humans something targeted at exactly the areas they need a little work on. Something just for them, to help them reach their goals! So here is part one of several in how to plan and prep your freestyle sesh
My Top 5 Tips to Resistance Train the Shit Out Of Your Class
It's a tough one. A lot of us start off with a cardio style class, quite often dance fitness or an aerobics style format. After all, it's basically what the ETM teaches us how to do. The smattering of resistance training covered on the L2 qualification does not leave many people feeling like experts in the field of weights and if we are honest probably not even bodyweight resistance training. Over the years I have been to many classes and met many instructors and it is not ra
The 5 Stupidest Things I've Done Whilst Teaching
So we've all been there right, that humiliating moment that happens in front of a roomful of people! I'm just hear to lay my shit bare in the hope that it makes you feel a little better about your own! 1. Flipped a tit out half way through Zumba Yup. It was my whole nipple. The right one.. To a class of 30. I blame those bloody crossover Zumba bras.... way easier to fall out of than the higher necked ones I wear these days! All I can say is at least my class laughed (at my bo
The Top 5 Things I Wish I'd Learned How To Do Earlier
1. SAY NO To the class we don't want to take on , to the crap rates from some facilities, to the person who gave a positive PAR-Q and we don't think we are insured to teach, we constantly feel under pressure to say yes. I think it's a general human quality that is magnified because we feel genuinely lucky to be doing a job we love. The thing is, it is still a job which pays our bills and hopefully affords us a social life with the people that we love. If it's not worth prep
When is it OK to ditch your workout?
Every single fitpro in the land can tell the difference between someone who can't make their session and are TRULY gutted about it OR if they are just pretending to themselves that they have a valid reason to bunk their sweatsesh! The real reason why it bothers us if we know you are faking it is because we know you just broke your routine...... and for people who haven't quite fallen in love with their training just for trainings sake, they are the ones that are more likely t