The Covid-19 pandemic has been the only global conversation in 2020 and the big question constantly being asked is have you pivoted? If you are in the group fitness industry, your gym most likely has closed or has reopened with a limited timetable. As Covid-19 exploded around the world, so did online group fitness. Thousands [...]
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When you’ve been a group fitness instructor for over 30 years, you see some interesting trends and fads come and go. I remember when I first saw the step in 1991 and thought to myself ‘What’s this rubbish?. There’s no way you can make this interesting enough for a whole class.’ But here I am [...]
Do you love being part of a group exercise experience, moving to music and setting your heart rate and happiness levels soaring? Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be on stage leading a class? You know that feeling when you’ve been inspired by an exceptional group fitness instructor. The ones that [...]
Have you ever really asked yourself why you teach group fitness? Why did you decide that this would be the career that you would choose to do, over a variety of other options? Often people will express platitudes like, ‘to improve the wellbeing and health of my community’, or ‘to make a change in other [...]
For the last 15 years, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have conducted surveys with thousands of professionals around the world, to determine health and fitness trends for the following year. The survey for 2021 had a 40% increase in responses and for that reason, this 15th annual survey of fitness trends, will have [...]
From a young age at school, I enjoyed helping other children who were struggling with school work. It was a way that I felt accepted. Growing up in a community that did not have much ethnic diversity, I didn’t really fit in. My parents were not comfortable with me having more than one friend come [...]
Changes to the way we operate during lockdown have exposed many fitness professionals to social media-induced self-doubt. You’re worth so much more than fleeting clicks, writes group fitness guru Marietta Mehanni. Body image. It must be one of the most talked about topics, and it doesn’t matter how many memes or quotes are shared about [...]
I was first introduced to resistance bands early in my teaching career in the 1990’s. This long piece of elastic was recommended as a portable and effective form of resistance training. Having only used weights for resistance training, this concept intriged me, only to be quickly disappointed. Although the workshop presenter was very engaging and [...]
Take care of yourself - no one else will do a better job. For the majority of people on this planet, the world went sideways in 2020. The new normal became a concept and words like pivoting and virtual became popular business words. Even words like lockdown, which in the past would have been used [...]
Let’s talk about an elephant in the room. The big one with its backside in your face. The one that you can’t miss, but trying to avoid looking at. GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR MENTAL HEALTH It is an interesting conundrum because as an instructor, you are not physically alone, but often you may feel that there [...]
‘The best way to predict the future is to create it' a quote by Peter Drucker, whom is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice. His quote is something that struck a powerful chord with me years ago, that I have applied in [...]
‘Ah ha, I think I’ve got it right now!’ I say as I step off my chair, having positioned the phone way up on the top shelf in my kitchen. ‘No... it’s on an angle’ and I get back up on the chair, then on to the kitchen bench to realign the phone. This has [...]