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 rare to meet or see someone who is 'nervous' or unconfident in coaching a squat (a decent one). The thing is the qualification was designed to show you how to teach a class to music, how to layer the choreo, how to make people understand what is coming next, how to communicate wth and manage large groups of people. This is a BIG skill.... but if we are really honest for lots of people it's not necessarily on our ETM course where we have gained all of our knowledge of weights and how to use them.

The thing is, a cardio workout is a great thing..... for the cardiovascular system. We need healthy lungs and a healthy heart and of course it does deliver results to those who want to feel and maybe look fitter and healthier. The thing is back in the 80's when everyone was jumping around in a leotard rocking a belter of a perm, everyone thought cardio was the way to go. And it's taken all of this time to get people to realise resistance training is where it's at for lots of the health and physically benefits that our participants really need to see. Now I am NOT saying there isn't a BIG need for cardio, I'm not an advocate of a cardio free lifestyle as much as I love a weight.... I personally can't see the point in looking like a fitness model if you are blowing out of your ass demoing a burpee. All I'm saying is people want to look 'more toned', 'feel stronger' and to improve their function in day to day activities such as getting up off of the floor, getting out of the chair, picking up boxes, lifting the kids in and out of the car etc etc..... pure cardio probably isn't going to have a massive impact on any of those things.

As an instructor it can be a BIG thing to add a resistance class to the timetable. It might be pushing you out of your comfort zone and the truth of the matter is that it is harder to market. The majority of people prefer to jump arou