Knowing the structure of the class and demonstrating correct technique are both fundamental steps towards becoming a successful coach.
However, it is equally, if not more important to adapt poses to the needs of your participants.
With years of experience and practice to draw from, we present our guides to best coaching practices in PDF for you to download and study.
In order to manage your time effectively it is important for you to be aware of how much time to spend on each round. Use the following table as a time management guideline.
It is highly recommended that you place the more experienced and competent students at the front of the class. This is to ensure that new students are able to see multiple demonstrations of each pose and effectively keep up with the tempo of the class.
Some poses and sequences are more complex than others and the coach will at times need to stop the class for a quick demonstration, particularly if there are new participants in the class. This is especially true of the Side Plank (Round 4) and Rotating Side Plank (Round 8) Sequences.
Corrections and Modifications
Correction refers to changing the student’s posture until it adopts a technically correct form. Modification refers to changing the pose to an easier (or more challenging) type to suit the needs of the student. The variations of poses presented in this manual serve as an aid for modification.
Find your teaching voice
It's important when you're coaching that you're confident and personable. At times instructors tend fall into a rather monotone version of themselves when teaching which can be experienced as very uninspiring and boring listening to for a full hour class. You may have experienced yourself "zoning out" and not listening at all when a teacher sound like a tape recorder. Don't fall into this trap, especially when you know the instructions of the class by heart. Instead, chose your words wisely, have eye contact with your students and speak to them - not at them. Change things up and challenge your own verbal delivery.