This blog post is a part of our “Ride the Heatwave” series focusing on building community through In-Person and virtual hybrid learning during this summer of change.
With In-Person classes ramping up, and summer in full swing, it’s an exciting time to start taking some of your classes off the camera lens, and into the great outdoors.
Researchers have found that just five minutes of exercising outside a day can improve mood, increase feelings of revitalization and energy, lower levels of stress, and increase feelings of self-esteem.
You can create the best fitness experience outdoors for your clients with a few key practices in mind. Here are a few tips on how to do just that:
The location of your outdoor fitness class is crucial to the comfort and success of your clients. You want to be sure that the location is open to the public, or that you get the proper permission and reservation needed for the particular location.
We also suggest choosing a location where your class won’t be interrupted by loud noise, large crowds, or other events happening at the same time.
Be sure the surroundings and landscape fit your class. Flat surfaces, room to run, and plenty of space are all things to take into consideration when choosing the location for your type of fitness class.
The aesthetic of your location can also improve your student’s experience. Clean and open spaces are always encouraged.
Pro Tip: Check locations with water stations and public bathrooms near parks for your outdoor fitness class.
Make sure you keep updated with the local weather forecast in your area, and be sure to consider all scenarios when it comes to weather.
Rain, thunder storms, and heat can all affect your outdoor fitness class. If the weather does not permit for you to teach your class it’s good to be prepared with a backup plan.
Actively communicate cancellations, date changes, and location changes with your clients. If the weather abruptly changes during your class, the safety of you and your students is top priority.
Prior to your class, it’s helpful to know if the location you are considering has shelter houses or safe areas in case of a weather emergency.
The timing of your class based on what your teaching is important for both you and your students.
If you teach a HIIT class that involves a lot of aerobic activity, you do not want to schedule that class during the hottest time of day under the direct sun.
If you are doing a slow flow restorative yoga class, be sure it isn’t during hours where commuters are coming and going from work and causing a lot of exterior noise.
Know what the surroundings of your location are like throughout the day so you can best schedule based on the needs of your fitness class and clients.
Pro Tip: To improve your outdoor fitness classes it’s vital to get feedback. Check in with clients after class or over Moxie Messaging to get ideas for how to enhance the experience for everyone.