5 tips for being a better Instructor
Be an authentic physical representation of your program
We have all heard the phrase “train to teach”. If we are to be a believable, inspiring and motivational role model for our participants, we need to ensure we stand with integrity and within the essence of our chosen program. Take time to train outside of your teaching schedule. Cross training (using several modes of training) is an ideal way to become instructor fit and brings variety into your schedule. Cross training can help reduce the possibility of injury by, for example, adding flexibility training in to your schedule. Cross training will challenge other muscles than those generally used in your single program delivering you further fitness benefits. It also brings variety into your training to help you maintain motivation. Remember to walk the talk.
Be open to feedback
Get comfortable with feedback, it is part of the Les Mills culture. Constructive feedback is your friend not your enemy. In this TR1BE we learn from each other and share with one another. We cheer each other on, we lift each other up and we celebrate success together.
Why is feedback effective? Being open to peer feedback will allow you to gain insight in to areas that you personally may have not yet identified as requiring attention, particularly if you are very new to the Les Mills product. For the very experienced Instructor, the Advanced Instructor Module (AIM) pathway is valuable as it allows you to gain feedback from those who have a proven record of excellence in their program and can advise on the more advanced elements of delivery. Instructors that take the AIM pathway and take feedback on board, make great in-house mentors for clubs. If we keep the feedback momentum happening the level of delivery sky rockets. This means more motivated and inspired members via well delivered and educational workout experiences.
Mirror work and self videoing, even once a quarter, will help you identify any bad habits and unsafe/ineffective technique or coaching that may have crept in. This is one of the most valuable and easily accessible tools you can use. Once you see yourself do something incorrect on film, you will are pretty likely to change it straight away.
Keep developing your skills
Don’t get left behind - we all need to evolve with the industry. Whether teaching is your full time role, or a passion on the side, staying committed to ongoing development and keeping informed of the latest research, techniques and advancements will go a long way to help you deliver world class experiences to your participants. After all knowledge is power. LMAP offer ongoing development from Initial Training Modules in all programs to Quarterly Workshops, Advanced Instructor Modules and online education. Whatever your instructor journey there is development opportunity which will widen your scope and knowledge.
Be there for your participants
Teach with your participants as your focus. Know your general class demographic, take a genuine interest in their goals, their reasons for being there and their needs. Build rapport, be human, be real, be you. They trust you know what you’re doing and have invested in your class so always respect them and be available for them to discuss anything from the class.
By Sharon Humphreys, Instructor Specialist