Being a group fitness instructor is a pretty awesome job – you get to help people challenge themselves, make healthier choices, and experience legitimate body (and mind) transformations. Plus, with so many class formats out there, it’s easy to keep things varied and interesting. Gearing up to teach a new workout is really exciting, but it’s probably quite nerve-wracking as well. The best resource for collecting tips and easing fears? Other instructors!
With new music-led, high-intensity program STRONG by Zumba® gaining popularity, many fitness professionals are eager to teach the class. Chock full of burpees, plank-jacks, punches, kicks, and squat-jumps that tone your arms, legs, glutes, and core, STRONG by Zumba is intense (to say the least). If you’re not used to teaching a bootcamp-style class, you may be proceeding with caution. And since the moves in this class are perfectly synced to a beat, it’s a format that’s new to the fitness scene. But, you’ve got this! Check out what other STRONG by Zumba instructors had to say when asked what they wished they had known prior to teaching their first class:
“Practice, practice, practice and follow the beat.” – Oscar Sánchez Acosta
“Learn the [routine], get really familiar with the music by listening to it all the time in your car, and then learn your verbal cues.” – Julie Cormier
“Use your resources, like the Routine Memorization System and talk to fellow instructors so you deliver excellence.” – Gina Graziani
“YOU need this as much as your PARTICIPANTS need this. Practice a ton and videotape yourself to be sure of proper form.” – Zumba Fitness with Andrea
“Let the music do its job…Believe in yourself! Believe you can get STRONGer and you will with your students. Don’t be scared of it!” – Tess Newell
So get out there, have some fun and kick some booty. Good luck!
If you’re not yet a STRONG by Zumba Instructor but are interested in becoming one, find a training here.