This may be partially because when we talk about Diversity and Inclusion in the Group Fitness space, it often translates to mean let’s focus on the diversity of the classes offered and not necessarily who is in the classes. D&I is really about the people and making space for everyone to have a safe space where they feel accepted as they are to workout. Instead of diversifying our class offerings, we need to take intentional effort to diversify the people composition of our class participants.Read More
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We’ve all been in them, right?? The class where you just couldn’t quite keep up, where in a span of less than 3 minutes, more than 15 moves were thrown at you and not in a progressive way either. I’m talking squat to plank to bicep curl to single leg deadlifts and you were wondering whether the sweat you were producing was from the really great workout…or simply just trying to keep up with the instructor.Read More
Music can make or your break your group fitness class.
There i’ve said it. Now, you can have the next 24-hours to debate me on this, to try and tell me that this is an opinion but not a fact, but in my humble opinion….it’s a fact and I won’t change my mind on this! :) I’ve been to way too many classes as a student and taught way too many classes to know what takes a class to the next level…and while your incredible instruction techniques definitely add value, it’s your playlist that people will remember and respond the quickest too. LRead More
But in all of our work, especially in a group fitness class, it’s important that we do not place our own desires (or insecurities) onto our class. We must learn to be inclusive and treat every body type as a healthy, beautiful body type, because IT IS. And when we cue our students to think certain parts of their body aren’t beautiful, we can impact their own personal body image and their confidence internally and externally.Read More
The article made several generalizations on Black Women and how we approach our health, opinions on BMI, and how we should be treated in order to feel included. We are NOT all the same; we do not all have the same opinions nor do we want to be treated the same. We are individuals with varying cultural experiences and perspectives and to be encourage cultural awareness activities that do NOT acknowledge this is a critical missing piece that should not have been overlooked.Read More
we are still Human.
And it’s important that WE as professionals recognize this and treat ourselves accordingly. We can’t give our best when we are sick, when we continue to teach ignoring that injury that could turn into something long-term that we NEVER recover from, we can’t ignore when we are having tough personal moments.Read More
Intentionally planning workouts that allow for you to stay in shape, build your own muscle and capacity for teaching, and give you inspiration for your own classes.Read More
We forget, and sadly in some cases, we purposely omit our own stories because they may not “fit” the class we are teaching. My challenge to each of you: What’s the class without you? And if you aren’t putting YOU in it, are you really bringing all of you to it?Read More