Keepin' it 100 with willy t.
I received some news this week that didn’t go the way I had hoped it would...
No less than an hour after being on the receiving end of this news, Twitter came through in the clutch as I randomly came across this in my feed:
(Now, please understand that I fully recognize this “storm” in my life is a mere “drizzle” compared to what many of you endure on a daily basis. With that being said, I hope this can help someone who needs to see it, just as it helped me)
“What I had hoped” and “what is best” may totally differ. Because I happened to see this in such a timely manner, my outlook on the situation changed ever so positively and drastically. I hope that by “keepin’ it 100,” it may do the same for you too.
Peace, Love, and Clear Pathways,
(Note: I did not create this graphic and am simply sharing it for the good of whomever created it)
Group Fitness Instructors are incredible. We get up in front of a room of strangers and take them on a transformational journey. Within seconds, we build trust with a group and never look back. We instruct, coach, push, and motivate. We plan, choreograph, and practice our classes way more hours than we actually teach. Some of us work across many gyms just to make ends meet; but the thing that keeps us going is that we have the ability to impact so many people in a short amount of time. Participants may come to class wishing they were somewhere else, yet when they leave- they feel they can conquer anything that comes their way. No one says it as well as Steven Trotter, “Group Fitness Instructors take people to a place they can’t get to on their own.”
Today we’ll share five tips to help take your group fitness game from good to great so you can keep on taking people to new heights.
1. Be a music mogul.
Music is such a powerful tool in group exercise classes- it can motivate us to push harder, bring back special memories, or make us dance. Planning music is often the element that takes the most time when planning class because the music sets the tone for the workout, it creates the an atmosphere. You are the DJ and your participants are the concert goers. To stay on top of your music game always be listening for new music, you never know what could be your next favorite burpee track.
2. Become cue master. (We aren’t talking about pool).
People are usually a combination of three different learning styles: visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. To make the most of your cueing be sure you are using a combination and variety of cueing to connect with everyone in your class. Have a rockstar participant? Next time you teach ask them to take note of what style you use the most and make it a challenge for yourself to up the other forms so you have a balanced variety. More information can be found here.
3. Never stop being a student.
Continue taking other instructors’ classes, you will always learn something new whether it be new music, a new combo or sequence, or cueing styles. Branching out of your comfort zone will continue to challenge your body. It’s always a bonus if your regulars see you in another class that they take- you become more relatable and it shows that you are just like them.
4. Create a community in and outside the classroom.
Your impact does not have to the end in the classroom, take it online. Social media, that is. For example, create an online Facebook group for your attendees. This will create a sense of community among participants and a platform where you can let people know if there will be sub or ask for feedback or song requests. Let me tell you, people love song requests and hearing their favorite in class. This is also a great way if you want to try something new in class, you can get feedback via a Facebook poll. There are so many benefits from an online group, the possibilities are endless!
Real life example: a fantastic resource for ACE Group Fitness Instructors is the online Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/acegroupfit/?ref=bookmarks
Ask questions, listen to webinars, or just see what others are doing for their classes.
5. Seek continuing education opportunities.
Usually to keep a group fitness instructor certification, continuing education credits must be earned every two years. Although some may think that is a pain, there is benefit! This helps you stay on top of your game, keep up with current industry trends, and expose you to new things. Even if you’re taught for 30 years, there is always more to learn. So attend a refresher workout, master class, or try for another certification. For example, I am taking the ACE Health Coach Certification Exam in December (wish me luck!).
Regardless of what formats you teach, how long you’ve been teaching, what workout gear you have, or what you look like, know that your work day in and day out makes a difference in the lives of so many. Without group fitness instructors the world wouldn’t be as happy or healthy.
Thanks to all the group fitness instructors out there! We are all one family.
Keepin' It 100 with Willy T.
“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”
In my life, photography provides a healthy combination between a workplace duty and fulfilling free-time hobby. I don’t claim to be an expert, but rather a student of a craft that rewards me just for getting out there and trying to improve.
(stops, breathes, and takes a moment to realize how parallel that is to wellness as a whole)
This shot captures hundreds of moments in my life. I run on the American Tobacco Trail frequently, and this turn marks the halfway point of my typical training route.
It’s the point where I turn the corner and remind myself that I have prepared to finish strong. It’s the beginning of that “I’m-finished-and-I’m-exhausted, but-I-just-got-better-by-trying” feeling.
Hope you can connect with that as we ~turn the corner~ on our week.
Peace, Love, and Wellness,
Camera: DJI Mavic Pro
Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec
Focal Length: 4.73mm
Be a part of something bigger.
Globetrotter Wellness Solutions (GWS) is proud to host the inaugural Collegiate Fitness Directors’ Summit to be held on July 18-19, 2019 on the beautiful coast of Wilmington, North Carolina at the Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront. The Summit is an opportunity for collegiate fitness directors to come together for a 2-day conference in a small scale format (30-50 attendees) to learn and grow professionally and personally. Learning modules will include topics such as business management, people management, leadership development, etc.
Prevent FOMO (fear of missing out) and join us to be part of history in the making within the health and wellness industry. GWS founder Steven Trotter, saw a need to bring collegiate personnel together in a smaller setting during the time of year where most planning in the collegiate world gets done-SUMMER. Your Summit attendance will allow you to learn best practices, gain knowledge and resources, and connect with others just like you on a personal and professional level. We hope the connections you make in Wilmington extend beyond boundaries and act as career resources. The ultimate end result of this event is for you to be able to bring back your new found knowledge and put it into practice right away despite your setting or situation. Globetrotter Wellness Solutions strives to bring you local solutions that make a global impact. Our goal is to help you achieve yours.
Where do I sign up?
Register today at http://www.globetrotterwellness.com/summit
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About Globetrotter wellness solutions
Globetrotter Wellness Solutions, LLC is a consulting company dedicated to the mental and physical growth of our clients and the advancement of the health and wellness industry. Our mission is to take people to a place they can’t get on their own. We accomplish this by providing a variety of quality solutions to help our clients reach their goals through continuing education and staff & organizational development. We view wellness in 5 categories of well-being as defined by Gallup: Career/Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical. Let us help you elevate your levels of well-being to new heights.
Two weeks ago was my final day at Western Kentucky University and boy it was a memorable one: my marketing team filmed the In My Feelings Challenge, I taught one of the best classes of my life, and said “see you later” to the people who have become my family.
The very next day I woke up at 6am, packed up my apartment, and cleaned it like Martha Stewart because your girl needs that security deposit back. After 6 hours of intense labor and multiple trips to and from my car the in 95 degree hot Kentucky weather-it was done. The apartment was spotless, my utilities transferred, and the car packed like tetris. Just a year ago, I was moving into my cute studio apartment and one year later I was moving out. However, all for good reason! I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to be reunited with my fiance after enduring long distance for a year. I said my final goodbyes, downloaded podcasts, and after dropping off my spectrum modem I was on the road.
Everything went smoothly and it inspired me to share some tips with you on how to stay healthy during your move. I am not perfect so I really wish I would have done some of these. Ha! Hindsight is 20/20.
Before the move
Pro Tip: Pack a bag of things that you’ll need the night of. Trust me you’ll be thankful you did. The night I arrived I was looking through boxes for my toothbrush and shower items.
Whether you’re moving because you didn’t like your old place, got a new job, or going to college, etc- I hope these tips help you stay well while you unpack.
Who we are
Just a team of round pegs in a square hole changing the world one interaction at a time.
Look back at it