Episode 26: Making Your Class Both Challenging and Fun with Pam Blum and Karen Glooch

Pam Blum and Karen Glooch

It can be difficult to know where to draw the line between making classes fun but also challenging. The solution is not an easy answer. Everyone has a different idea of what is challenging

Pam Blum and Karen Glooch

Fitness Professionals

It can be difficult to know where to draw the line between making classes fun but also challenging. The solution is not an easy answer. Everyone has a different idea of what is challenging, as well as different ideas as what is considered fun. How do we go about developing a class when everyone that attends may feel completely different about the experience? Compare creating your class to planning a dining experience at a to the restaurant. Lighting, music, appearance of staff, serving dishes, ambiance, etc. all comes together to make that experience. You want to think about all the details. People have come to expect more than just a good workout, and they are looking for consistency. Pam Blum and Karen Glooch take us through all the tips on how to create a seamless experience for your clients.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

– How to define your idea of “fun”

– Create a seamless class experience

– Get new students to return to your classes

Here’s the Complete List of Tips:

Pam and Karen use “MOTIVATE” to describe ten ingredients that create challenging, fun classes:

1. Measurable – Frame the challenge in measurable terms.

2. Obtainable – Keep the challenge realistic for everyone.

3. Togetherness – Each individual feels part of the group experience.

4. Inspiration – Be an inspirational instructor: 1) bring passionate energy, 2) have conviction to your craft (deep knowledge of and belief in the format you are teaching), and 3) authenticity – be you.

5. Voice –Use your voice! It’s not just your words: it’s the tone, the timbre, and the modulation of your voice. Use your words carefully. Be specific. Eliminate unnecessary words.

6. Anticipation – Create anticipation before class begins. Your ability to do this is a powerful and often under-used tool.

7. Training Tenets – Know the science behind what you’re teaching and put the human touch on it. Speak in terms that are relatable!

8. Intuition – Continually hone your skills to interpret the dynamics in the room so you can flex your plan.

9. Ownership – Invest your energy in every detail you have control over to create an experience participants want to commit to.

10. New – Keep the challenge fresh.

These are the primary ingredients of creating challenging classes that are fun. It takes time to perfect your signature MOTIVATION mix, but when you know these ingredients, you can apply endless techniques and create endless combinations to keep classes fresh, fun and challenging.

Other References in This Episode:

Book: Psychology of Engagement in Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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