5 ways to boost your confidence as a group fitness instructor
As a newbie group fitness instructor, there are going to be a few bumps in the road. The trick is to ride over them and just keep going. We’re here to help with a few unbeatable tips to banish the blues and restore your well-deserved self-belief. You know you’re awesome, so let’s do this!
1. Practice makes perfect
One of the best ways you can build your confidence ahead of class is develop solid choreography. Jot down your moves and practice them until you’re secure in your abilities. Knowing the hows and whys of your routines can help to quell those jitters and make sure class runs smoothly.
2. Preparation is key
Before your group fitness classes, run through a list of possible challenges and pitfalls. Stash an extra CD in your bag in case you forget your iPod or its battery dies. Develop a few exercise adaptations in case a pregnant or injured participant turns up. Knowing you’re prepared for anything can help to eliminate worries.
3. Get to know your regulars
Standing in front of a new group every week can be intimidating, even for experienced instructors. There are almost always unfamiliar faces… But there are friendly faces too. Consider these your allies, who are there because they like you, and can help to boost your confidence.
4. Don’t try and please everyone
At some point, you’re going to meet someone who doesn’t get on with your style as a group fitness instructor – and it can really shake your self-belief. Focus on people and classes where you’re appreciated and watch your confidence grow.
5. Be yourself!
What you bring to your classes as a group fitness instructor is uniquely your unique self. Celebrate it! Consider what you know you do well as a personal trainer – what you say, how you look and how you act – and then put it into practice in your group classes. What mantras do you have to maximise your confidence? Share your group fitness instructor tips with us on social on Twitter and Facebook.