Creating a well-rounded HIIT class is the key to leaving your students feeling accomplished and energized. But teaching online and in front of a camera is a whole new game for many instructors. In this Level-Up session, Jenn Blackburn covers the details of programming a multi-planar class and mastering the art of cueing for the camera.
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About Jenn Blackburn
Jenn is a dynamic group fitness instructor who holds multiple certifications and provides customized thoughtful programming to ensure members meet their fitness goals. She helps families create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle with behavior guidance and support.
The Structure of a Well-Rounded HIIT Class
The introduction is the most important and most often overlooked part of the class. But it's an excellent habit to welcome students and set an expectation for the session to come. In your introduction, make sure to tell them who you are, what the class will be about, and give them time to gather what they'll need for class.
Pro tip: When choosing equipment and props for class, make it accessible to everyone. For example, a flipped-over pot becomes a step, a throw pillow becomes a medicine ball replacement.
As you're moving through the warm-up phase, you want to create heat and awareness in the body. Start with movements that allow them to check-in with their bodies and notice where they may feel tight or injured.
The body of your class is going to where you really get down to business. Your goal is that the students leave feeling successful with their movements. Do this by:
- Being clear, concise, and effective in your cues. When cueing, always teach as if everyone in the room were blind and can't see what you are doing on the screen.
- Use all planes of the body. Incorporate movements that go side-to-side, front-to-back, and cross the midline of the body.
- Offer options when students tell you they are injured. Remembering their limitations will help build trust between you.
After working hard, your students are ready for a rest—and their muscles need it too! During this time, be sure to suggest how they can complement their workout. For example, 'Make sure you stretch this week. Leah's yoga class on Friday night is amazing.' This also builds trust that you are thinking about their entire fitness routing and whole-body health.
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