by Melissa Weigelt, MS on Dec 19, 2018
Is the warmup a time for small talk while people trickle in, or is it an opportunity to ignite attendees’ best efforts? This may be the class section that fitness instructors plan the least, yet devoting some time to designing the warmup is really worthwhile. Why? Because starting on a strong note significantly affects the outcome of the entire workout. We want our participants to get the most from our classes, so let’s set them up for success. The following warmup ideas—perfect for a wide range of formats—offer creative options for getting started on the right foot (quickly followed by the left foot!).
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Generate a feeling of connectedness by forming a circle. There’s no need to recreate the wheel here; simply teach traditional warmup exercises, but ask students to form a circle first. A little face time can make a big difference! Here are a few suggestions:
We’re all accustomed to standing in line; why not harness this to get participants ready for a fun workout? Many exercises are done in the sagittal plane, so warming up while moving forward is excellent preparation. Ask students to form a line at the back of the studio and perform the following moves:
Note: Cue participants to progress to the front of the room, turn around and repeat each move as they return to the starting position.
Create an atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie by having people work in pairs. Participants can motivate and encourage each other while getting acquainted and preparing for the workout. Teach the following medicine ball exercises, 10 repetitions each:
Note: Have partners stand several feet apart and face each other for all exercises.
Introducing the class experience with a unique warmup generates enthusiasm from the moment participants walk in. A little extra planning and some creative focus set the tone for a great workout.
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