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Tips for Instructors to Shine

Over the past 12 years of teaching, I’ve learned a lot… Here is what I’d like to share about my personal experience in the fitness industry. 

1. Be kind. You don’t have to be mean or competitive to get ahead. You just have to believe in yourself, and be passionate about what you are doing. 

2. Always stay one step ahead of the game. Weather it be by attending other instructors classes, fitness conferences, getting new ideas on YouTube, or reading and being inspired by a motivational speaker or new theory, ongoing education is crucial. You must keep on learning and keep on becoming a better version of yourself. 

3. Think business. Become an ambassador, contract with a company, ask and you shall receive. 

4. Watch and learn. Observe and get inspired by the ones who have already made it in the field. Watch and learn without replicating identically… be yourself. 

5. Stand up for yourself. Don’t let anyone make you believe you are a puppet or just a small player in the game of fitness. 

6. Be a team player, not a diva. Start and finish class on time, help colleagues out with subbing when you can, and stay humble. Also, create a nice working ambiance and truly be happy for the success of others. Team work serves everyone, and it doesn’t take anything away from you, 

7. Sub a lot. It is such good practice to work with different types of crowds, and more importantly, it’s a great “ego check”. You want to be the best you can be, but you don’t want to be full of yourself. 

8. Work for facilities whose values reflect your own. Also, work for many different companies. Exclusivity towards one company should not be imposed on you, unless the said company is willing to pay you the big bucks to justify your lack of freedom. Plus, encouraging studios and independent gyms is a great way to help new companies and make dreams happen for entrepreneurs. Opening your own facility may be something you too may want to do one day. 

9. Appreciate the journey. I struggle with this one myself. I’m so eager to succeed that I am often too goal-oriented, and forget to enjoy the process. Remember, it doesn’t always happen as fast as we would like it to, but it doesn’t matter. It’s not a sprint, it’s a long and steady race. 

10. Take care of your body. As you know, it’s your work too. And contrary to popular beliefs, we are not machines! We need to apply what we teach our students. 

11. Make it happen for yourself. Being a fitness instructor can be and, in my opinion, is a profession. Don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise. You can explain that in a nice way to anyone who asks something along these lines: so what do you do besides teaching? In other words, what’s your real job? 

12. Last, but by no means least, keep doing “freestyle." As instructors, we are stronger and more powerful (and less dispensable) when we create our own class content. 

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10 ways to use Facebook to your advantage

Most of you, if not all of you, probably already have a Facebook page. Whether you only use a personal page, or have both a personaland a professional page, here are ways to maximize the potential of this wonderful tool:

1. First and foremost, having a Facebook page allows others easy access to you or your business. A quick search of your name on Facebook, or via Google, will likely reveal your Facebook pages. If you also have a website, Facebook is a great tool for promoting your site, as well as any changes or updates on your website, such as new class schedules, new articles, new pictures, etc.

2. Whether it be on your personal or on your professional Facebook page, select a great picture of you for your profile picture (preferably a professional head shot) that reflects who you are, and that shows you in your best light.  

3. Invite your class participants and other contacts to join you on Facebook! Tell them you would be honored to have them connect with you on Facebook. This will enable you to establish a rapport with them outside of class, and to learn more about them. At the very least, it allows you to learn their names, their birth date, and some of their interests.

4. Offer a variety of posts on a regular basis. Use your status to promote your classes, the workshops that you provide, your new playlists, and so on. However, avoid making every post about work. Keep it professional, but also share things about your everyday life, non-related to fitness. It can be anything from sharing your favorite latte beverage, to the latest movie you watched (and liked or disliked).

5. Stay in contact with your Facebook followers and friends on a regular basis: “Like” their posts, learn something about them though a picture or a post (children, pets), wish them Happy Birthday on their special day, congratulate them about something or ask about why you haven’t seen them in class in a while, and so on.

6. Make use of the Facebook page of the fitness facility you work at. This will give you even greater exposure, rather than only using your personal Facebook page. Do so by promoting your classes (new class, different playlist, exciting choreography, new time slot, and so forth), or events (ex: Zumba marathon). This can be useful to you, to the people in your classes, and to the gym.

7. “Share” or post useful information relating to workouts and health. That being said, if you post an article or a blog, make sure the source is reliable. The information you share is a reflection on you, so you don’t want to recommend something that isn’t worthy of the industry or that could lead to an injury (ex: an unsafe exercise).

8. Use your Facebook page to create a community, and help fellow instructors and peers grow. By helping each other, everyone wins. Promote another instructor’s class, say something nice about a colleague, etc. Also, get inspired by fitness colleagues and presenters that you respect and admire. Personally, I love to stay connected with Petra Kolber and Lawrence Biscontini. They do amazing work with Social Media. You can learn from everyone!

9. If you can’t commit to your Facebook page, close your account. It is better to not have a Facebook account than to have one without being truly invested in it. Make sure the people following you know and understand what’s in it for them. Make it as much about THEM as you can.

10. Always remember, what’s most important is how you make people feel. Avoid any negativity on your page and foster admiration and a sense of being a part of something great. Be humble and generous with everyone around you (online or in life).


For Maya Angelou said it best: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Is group exercise better than working out solo?

New research suggests that group exercise unleashes a flood of chemicals in the brain, triggering the same responses that have made collective activities from dancing and laughter to religion itself such enduring aspects of human culture. For some (but not all) people, finding workout buddies could help turn fitness into a pleasant addiction.

5 Ways To Avoid Burnout as a Group Fitness Instructor

As a group exercise instructor, you get to share your passion and knowledge of fitness every time you stand up in the front of a class. It’s great knowing that you are helping others reach their fitness goals, but sometimes it can be easy to lose track of your own needs.

To continue doing what you love, keep your body and mind in great shape, and stay creative, check out these five tips that will help you avoid burnout and stay on track. Read on to find out more.