I’m so excited to be switching out one of my classes this fall with a new format! I know that many of you are already teaching similar classes, but this is a first for me and for my gym. It’s will be 45 minutes of cycling followed by 45 minutes of toning (including stretch) off the bike. I can’t wait to start! Other than body weight, we will be using the equipment available to us: balls, bands, hand weights and weighted bars. If you are teaching a class like this, I would love your input in the comments. 🙂
In preparation for this class, I thought I would attend a similar class in another gym about thirty minutes up the road. I don’t know about you, but I love going to new places and checking out their classes. It’s just fun to see other facilities and instructors, and it definitely gives you some perspective. In this case, it also helped me to see how this type of class is run. I have been to this gym before, but they recently got all new Keiser bikes, so I was kind of in heaven.
So I rounded up a friend or two (other instructors) and we headed out for some good, sweaty fun. And that is just what we got!
Let me start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the 45/45 class and got an amazing, full body workout. I’m totally sore today from the toning. (The instructor polled the class at the beginning to see if we wanted to do body weight, dumbbells, etc. My friend chose body weight and that’s what we went with. It was killer!)
The best thing I took away from the cycling portion of this workout was the amazing energy and positivity of this instructor. It’s sort of how I feel about my kindergarten kids every day. You know how we always say, “I’d like to bottle up some of that energy!” Well, that’s pretty much how I felt about this instructor. She was pretty, fit and if I were to guess, quite a few years older than me. She started the class by making sure that each and every one of us was smiling and she frequently checked to make sure that even through the hard work and pain, we were still smiling. **Note to self: smile more**
While I was working hard and breathing heavy, she continued to talk,smile, motivate and generally spread good cheer. The class seemed to love this. While talking this much is not at all my style (I like to think I say just the right amount at just the right times), I appreciated her enthusiasm and it did make me want to work harder. At times, I felt the need to tune her out, and it was often difficult to understand her over the music (she was using a mic, but still, it was kind of muffled). **Note to self: Speak clearly and check for understanding (that’s teacher speak for ‘make sure they know what the hell you are saying’).
Other than a few contraindications-isolations, super slow RPM’s and tap backs (which I passed on), the class was great. I love the computers on these bikes! Watts!! RPM’s!!! Heart Rate!!! Gear #’s!!! We don’t have bike computers, so I love, love, love going places that have them! If you are able to teach with them, just know that I am totally jealous of you. 🙂
My point here is that if it’s available to you, you should definitely consider taking other instructor’s classes. Good or bad or in between, you WILL take something away from it! As for me, I’m going to go practice my smiling 🙂 .