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The Technology Impact within the Fitness Field


The Technology Impact within the Fitness Field

Have you noticed these days, that our members seem to pay little, or no attention?

Look at your classes next time you cue something. Take a step back, and cue a movement, and you will see that 85% of your members will look around to see what the other members are doing 1st, before they move, even though you have clearly cued the movement. Why is that?  I believe it is because most workouts these days are repetitive.  We the instructors do not change up our class flows as frequently as we should in order to keep our members interest.

Ninety percent of classes these days do not require listening… just viewing. This is why Step, Pure Dance classes, and choreography type classes are not as successful as, Strength, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, and Zumba etc. You do not have to remember, just follow along, and if you make a mistake, it is not obvious in the class. Check out your back row members during these classes.  You will see no energy, and no enthusiasm to work effectively, or efficiently.  In the past years, choreography-type classes were packed. The members could not wait for the next week to see what you designed, created, or what new ideas you presented to challenge them in increasing their fitness workouts, or fitness goals.

This century has changed, and made things so much easier not requiring thought process.  Examples:

·      When was the last time you used a pay phone (if they still exist) versus your cell phone?

·      When was the last time you made homemade pancakes vs. pouring it out of a box?

·      How many times have you texted vs. calling someone and having a full conversation?

These days we are visually oriented and we are easily distracted to the point that we do not see things, or hear things right in front of us. We need to improve our listening skills, not just our visual cues, and at times, BOTH in our classes.

This is where miscommunication begins. By not communicating clearly, can be misread, misunderstood, and the wrong information will be translated out to the masses.

We need to go back to the basics of communication, and teaching.  Remind members that our classes are not off cell phones, I-Pads, You Tube, Fitness Videos, Computers, etc;  It is a fitness workout that requires interaction, and responsive communication between instructors, and members.  We need to keep our members stimulated, interested, and wanting to work hard to get the benefits of the workouts. Remember our members are paying a membership to see results.

Tips for us to be aware of as an instructor in order to help us bring more awareness into our classes or in our communications:

·      Be clear, concise, and precise.

·      Hold our members accountable to reading signs that are important.

·      Make them listen to cues.

·      Change up your workouts (at least monthly). Keep your members interested in “YOU”

·      If you text someone more than 3 times to communicate – stop texting, and call.

Remember that fitness is our passion. Right it down, and read it often. Never take short cuts to reach your goals. Take the long view, one day at a time. It will all benefit you in the end.

Wishing you all the best for the Holiday Season.

Gail Bannister-Munn

Regional Group Exercise Manager for  XSport Fitness (NY Region)

Fitness Educator/Presenter


“Change the way you look at things,

and things will change”

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