The Beat Boxing Fitness™ Instructor Model
We are committed to providing the best training experience in dance fitness. The Instructor Model for Beat Boxing Fitness™ is your guide for successfully building bigger classes and becoming the most effective instructor you can be. We have identified the 8 behaviors seen in the most impactful classes that we believe will work every time once you understand them.
BEHAVIORS FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTORS
The behaviors that are colored in purple have been proven to take your class to the next level and further your growth as an instructor. Instructors who are passionate, uplifting, have control over the flow of their routines, and break through their comfort zone are more impactful with their routines. Over time you will encounter obstacles that make you doubt your effectiveness as an instructor, use these four behaviors as a compass to point you in the direction of what you're lacking. If the people in your class aren't getting the results they want, come back to these four behaviors to see what you can do to improve your class and the routines that you do.
Key concept: feeling and sharing joy for everyone's success
Passionate instructors come to life whenever they are leading a class, taking another instructor's class, or even talking about fitness. Showing passion for what you're doing in class will excite everyone there and help them to push harder through the routine.
If you're struggling with confidence as an instructor or looking to compare yourself to the 8 Behaviors you should start with passion. As long as you're passionate about your class everything else will fall into place. If you go through a phase where you aren't feeling passionate about yourself, let other people's passion for their own results lift you back into the zone.
Key concept: motivating people when they experience a setback
Uplifting behaviors make you a more effective instructor because you become a source of positivity where people feel supported in their fitness goals. Most people quit exercising because they get discouraged either from a number on the scale or because their diet fell out of control. When you are an uplifting instructor your people will trust you to get them back on track for success.
Self-deprecation is common in the fitness world. You will motivate your class by reminding them of any achievements they've already made on their fitness journey. If they're new you should encourage them to regularly attend classes and see if they still feel the same in a few weeks. You can also share your own setbacks in your journey and explain how you overcame those obstacles.
3. ROUTINE FLOW
Key concept: directing class with the crowd in mind
Routine flow is a behavior where you loosely structure your class to hit either certain muscle groups or all of them. Pay attention to how your own body feels to determine when it's time to switch focus to another muscle group or if you need a low-intensity routine to recuperate.
Learning how to read people's energy during class is a very valuable skill. If you do too many high-intensity routines they may start to reduce their intensity or even walk out for a break. If everyone looks worn out, try one of your more fun routines to give them a chance to prepare for the rest of class. The order in which you do your routines is essential to the flow of your class and how much energy your customers put into it. By reading your crowd and adjusting your class accordingly you will have more control and become a better instructor!
4. NO COMFORT ZONE
Key concept: achieving growth by embracing change
No comfort zone is a constant struggle for instructors of every experience level. We put together a great class and after awhile the excitement is gone. You want to develop your personal brand further but you're afraid to try new exercise moves in class because someone may not like it, someone else already does it, or you're afraid you'll mess it up.
If you want to break out of the comfort zone you have to accept that you might make mistakes at first. Stepping right when you meant to step left, mixing up parts of the routine and having to make up the rest, we've all done it. Do your research on the activity you're afraid to do. If it's a certain exercise move then study that muscle group so you know exactly how to make it more impactful. If the song isn't your normal genre of music and you're afraid that people won't like it then work on your routine until it's so fun and effective that the music doesn't matter. Face challenges head on and try new things, your class will definitely appreciate that you're trying new things with them!
BEHAVIORS FOR CLASS SIZE
The behaviors that are colored in red have been proven to increase class attendance and make your advertising more effective. Instructors who have visibility, a refined personal brand, an engaging personality and are proactively seeking opportunity are the ones with the active promoters and best attendance. If you want to pack your class and help more people achieve their fitness goals, compare your current behaviors to the four listed below and start planning on how you're going to reach all the people you can.
Key concept: becoming known in the community as an instructor
Visibility is as much about respecting other instructors as it is building class size. We encourage you to attend classes by other instructors so that they may return the favor and spread the word about your class to their own. Sometimes the person teaching a class may ask you to do a routine of your own which is great for exposure! Make sure you pick an exciting routine that will stand out in their memory. Have respect for the instructor teaching the class and others will see that you're serious about making yourself known as a fitness instructor.
Studios have special events from time to time such as 80s night or a Halloween costume party. Attending one of these events is great because they always attract more people than a regular class to see your routines if you're able to demonstrate a few!
Key concept: managing your reputation and networking with others
Self-branding is the second behavior to increase class size because your reputation will be a major factor in networking and who wants to offer you opportunities to perform. What you're known for doing as an instructor can attract people who have never been to your class or turn people away. You don't have much control over what people think, but if you know your brand and continue to refine it you should have no problem filling your class.
You will develop your own style over time and it will likely continue to change. When people know what to expect from your class they are more likely to return and achieve results that will make other people want to join them!
Key concept: creating excitement to motivate people
Engaging behavior is all about motivating people and keeping them interested. When you build excitement in yourself it will keep the class engaged and pushing through with everything they have. If you aren't making genuine connections with people in your class then you can expect faster burnout which leads to poor results. When people feel involved they give more effort and get better results which attracts more customers to your class.
Ironically, a smaller class size makes engaging with customers much easier. When you have small classes due to weather or whatever the cause may be, take the time to talk to them and let them talk back. Share your fitness journey and listen to them. Sometimes we forget that we're changing lives because we're focusing so hard on class size. Having this connection with a handful of people will definitely create loyal customers in your class and help bring in people who might be afraid to start exercising. Always create excitement with your class to keep people from giving up!
Key concept: seeking opportunity and actively seeking feedback
Proactive action is keeping an eye out for opportunities to promote yourself and coming up with a plan to make it happen. Come up with your own events if you can and advertise them well in advance so that people have time to spread the word. Keeping business cards on you is also a great idea in case someone has a friend that wants more information. Post flyers wherever you can such as coffee shops, bulletin boards, exhaust every option and watch people come rolling in.
Another great proactive behavior is constantly asking for feedback. Ask people what they thought of your class. Did they enjoy it? Did they get a workout they love? Be careful not to seek validation when you ask these questions, you don't want them to say it's a good class just because you seem insecure. Take pride in your class, listen to what people want and try to give it to them if you can. Satisfied customers will bring you more referrals and boost your class size when they trust your ability as an instructor.
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