For many people, especially newcomers to the gym, going to a class for the first time can be an intimidating and daunting task.
Not knowing what to expect, fearing the worst, often leads to people only going to class with a friend, or worse, not going to class at all.
As a class leader, you can really make a difference on newcomers and first timers by including a great intro and outro to your class.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
The introduction to your class should be short and simple, yet include several elements.
Making a good first impression on your participants is the best way to start. Before you even leave your house, one of the first things you should consider is your attire.
Yes – YOUR attire
Keep in mind, although some may appreciate and be inspired by your toned physique, dressing immodestly may be off-putting to others.
That is not to say you have to wear baggy sweatpants and a loose T-shirt, but consider wearing fitted or semi-fitted clothing without showing too much skin.
That way, your participants can still look to you as an inspiration, but not be intimidated.
Turn up early
You want to show up at least 5-10 minutes prior to your class beginning to help to acclimate the participants to your class. That way, you are prepared for questions about the class and have time to prepare yourself and your music.
That way, you are fully relaxed and prepared and can already set the tone for what is to follow.
A warm welcome
Once you have reached the start time of your class, you want to begin with a warm welcome, an introduction to yourself, the equipment needed for class, and a brief explanation of what to expect in class that day.
Welcome the participants to work at their own pace and take breaks whenever necessary.
Also, ensure them that if they have questions to flag you down and ask. This will help to get rid of some of the jitters newcomers often feel.
Participants will feel more at ease knowing who the instructor is and knowing they can work at their own, individual pace.
Expectations of the class
You want to remind the participants of what equipment is needed in case of any late comers or someone who may not be have asked earlier.
Finally, you want to give the participants a brief explanation of what they can expect for the day. This can be as simple as stating something along the lines of ; “Today, we are going to start with a brief, dynamic warm up, followed by some body weight exercises, some cardio intervals and finish off with a total body stretch.”
Giving some expectations allows the participants to better understand what type of class they are in.
Also, explain modifications you will give during class. Whenever possible, demonstrate the moderate version of exercises, but have a regression and a progression for the various levels that will attend your class.
Now you’re a master of introducing a class, find out how to Outro a class in Part 2 tomorrow…
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