One thing we consistently hear from trainees as well as seasoned instructors is that remembering students’ names is a challenge. The more classes you teach each week, and the larger the classes are, the more difficult it can become.
I have struggled with this in the past too, but have found these six tips to make a huge difference.
1. Repeat their name back to them when they first say it to you.
“Nice to meet you Susan. I am so glad you are here!!” Saying it back right away will increase your odds of remembering it.
2. Make eye contact when they tell you their name, and remember a detail about their face.
This detail might help you with memory recall. Something like, “Marnie has green eyes and freckles.” Then, the next time you see Marnie, you might not remember her name at first, but the detail(s) about her can help you pull it up in your mind.
3. Connect their name with a physical issue or goal they have.
This is my personal favorite because it helps not only with remembering their name but with following up on their progress with their practice, i.e. “Kate has knee problems.”
Then, when Kate comes back to class, I can recall her name and let her know I am interested in her motivation for attending class. “Hi Kate, how is your knee doing? Have you noticed any improvements?”
Notice how, by recalling what was going on with her the last time she was in class, I made the assumption that she is improving and showed her that I care about her wellness.
4. Stand at the front desk during class sign-in, or by the door to the classroom, and personally greet each student.
Seeing them come in helps you in many ways. You can note what their energy is like as they come into the studio, you can see movement patterns in their body, and you can catch their name if they are new or you don’t remember it off hand.
5. If time permits, go to each person before the start of class and check in with them.
This is something that has worked for me over the years. I stop by their mat and see how they are doing, if they have any injuries, and re-introduce myself if I don’t remember their name. This gives me a chance to personally connect with each person in the room.
6. Repetition, repetition, repetition.
Repeat their names several times throughout class. Calling out “beautiful job” or “nice form”, along with their name shows that you are paying attention to them and care about their progress. The more you say it and hear it, the better you will remember.
Do you have a hard time remembering names? Have any tips or tricks that have helped you? Let us hear from you!
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High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) is the ideal workout for a busy schedule—whether you want to squeeze in a workout during your lunch break or to get in shape for a fast-approaching event. Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than the girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour. And according to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, just 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.
Not only do you burn more calories during a high-intensity workout, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body's repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run.
Most people aren't used to pushing into the anaerobic zone, but in this case, extreme training produces extreme results. One 2006 study found that after 8 weeks of doing HIIT workouts, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before the study, while maintaining the same pace.
In addition to increased fat burning and muscle preservation, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great news since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out!
BodyBarre has often been compared to a HIIT workout…..and that’s what makes us so different from all the other well-known barre methods out there. As you know you can create any “type” of class that you want, using the different BodyBarre series to work different body parts, however integrating those famed cardio-bursts throughout your barre series can really push the heart rate UP, turning your BodyBarre class into a HIIT workout!
During these HIIT-style BodyBarre classes, you’ll want to make sure your class is always moving, even after each cardio burst is completed……for instance keep your clients in plies on flat feet, (offering breaks and drinks for anyone who needs one during this time), but give your clients something to DO to keep them moving. Plie pulse in place until you’re ready to move to the next series.
Also, there are no hard and fast rules on WHICH cardio series you have to use; Why not add 2nd and 1st multiple times throughout your class? Or work ALL the series in releve for an extra boost (as well as an extra workout for those calves and feet!). Another killer option is to add 1lb or 2lb weights to your barre workout! People can pick them up and drop them as needed, but you’d be amazed how much intensity a 1lb weight adds to the Cardio Sideline serie!
The fact that we use very little equipment in our workouts helps….research has shown that some equipment like dumbbells can make HIIT less effective because with h.i.i.t., you want the focus to be on pushing your heart to its max, not your muscles.
Summed up, don’t be afraid to add several cardio bursts throughout your classes. Our new “Face The Barre” Series is INTENSE……one client tracked the workout on her Apple Watch and said she burned more calories in class than she did running sprints for an hour!!
Make sure to tell your clients that it’s OKAY to take breaks, be gentle with their bodies, especially if they’re de-conditioned and coming to you to start a new workout regimen. Be encouraging, but don’t call them out for taking breaks….AND make sure to offer challenges to your stronger clients! Push them by offering a releve option, adding a weight, throwing out options for more intense cardio bursts, plank variations, etc.!
Thoughts on any of this? Let us hear from you! And let us know what you’ve come up with that works for your classes and your clients. We love feedback! :)
When you’re a newly certified instructor, it can be tough navigating the path to actually teaching in one or more studios. Here’s a helpful article on tips and tricks for marketing yourself and your classes to studios you hope to teach at!
Many studios will ask you to come in and “audition”, which can mean teaching anything from a 10 minute flow to running a full hour-long demo class. This can make even seasoned instructors nervous, but if you know the material and your teaching strengths, you can streamline this process in a way that will make you feel confident and comfortable, in any audition process.
Know your strengths….what series and flows in the BodyBarre manual are you most comfortable with? Practice teaching these series in a mirror or even film yourself teaching. Make sure you feel confident with your cueing and vocal projection during these series. Use your favorite series for the short audition flows.
Practice teaching your series favorites to others. A lot. Grab a couple of friends, grab some chairs and hold a barre class in your living room. Film yourself teaching to others and then go back and find things you can improve on.
Know your music. Until you are comfortable and knowledgeable about your song choices, use continuous mixes that do not start and stop. Use songs with NO LYRICS…..that way your class can focus on your cueing and your voice can be heard while teaching.
Be open to ideas & input from others. Ask your class what they liked and disliked and what you can improve on.
Offer to substitute teach to “test the market” at potential studios.
Once you do begin teaching at a studio or fitness center, it’s up to you to build your class. The studio should certainly help you market, but how can you draw people into your classes and gain a loyal following without spending a ton of money?
Pop-Up classes - hold a free or inexpensive BodyBarre class on a weekend or evening and invite EVERYONE you know and their friends. Have treats or even champagne afterwards. Make it a fun social event to spread the word about your class.
Social Media - Post, post, & post some more! Let people know where you are teaching and when. Post pics and video clips from your class. Make sure everyone you know, knows you teach BodyBarre, when your classes are and where!
Traditional Marketing - Don’t discount this! Design flyers or cards (use our BB logos and pics or take your own photos) and visit local businesses where your target demographic frequents. Nail salons, hair salons, cafes, shops, restaurants and more…..Ask to leave flyers in their business. More often than not they will be happy to hand them out for you!
Film a series and send it to us to feature on YouTube. Make sure you clearly announce your name & the studio / location where you’re teaching. We’ll edit & post…..then you share, share, share! :)
Get your studio website listed on BodyBarre.com.
Remember your client’s names. This is SO important and will create a personal connection between you and your class. Make sure to pay attention to each client that attends your class, offering corrections and positive reinforcement to let them know you care about them.
What’s worked for you when marketing yourself and your classes? We’d love to hear your ideas in our Facebook Instructor Group!
Did you know? BodyBarre Instructors get 15% off in our online store!! We’ll be adding amazing leggings and all new tanks this Spring and being a member of our BodyBarre Beautiful family entitles you to a fantastic discount on all of it! Use the Coupon Code BBBEAUTY15 when you shop!