Episode 33: Harnessing Emotion – Learn to Create an Intention in Your Class

Barry Ennis

Think of setting an intention as a form of motivation. When we set an intention, it serves to harness the participation of your class and encourage them to create a goal. This shapes the environment you are trying to create in your class.

Barry Ennis

Fitness Professional

Think of setting an intention as a form of motivation. When we set an intention, it serves to harness the participation of your class and encourage them to create a goal. This shapes the environment you are trying to create in your class. In fitness, an intention is also often called a “theme.” This creates the setting or ambiance to draw out a desired feeling or emotion. Some may say you are only there to offer a good physical workshop – but I ask, when has movement or working out not been emotional? The difference between an amateur dancer and a professional is how they show emotion through movement. This is the same with fitness. With the combination of the power of music, you are able to tap into the emotional outlook of your clients and do more than deliver a well-planned workout. This is how to take your teaching to the next level and will set you apart from other trainers!

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

Choose an effective intention source

Design a playlist to support an intention

Determine the best time to share an intention

Here’s the Complete List of Tips:

1. Choose a source of your intention

Use a quote.

From a life experience (personal, friend, story)

Use the music to lead the intention.

Tone of voice, movement.

2. Choose your music to support your theme.

Find music that matches the emotion you are looking to draw out.

Use different tempos, genres, and feelings of music to build up the peak of your intention. Be sure the energy levels of your music changes throughout class. Imagine watching a movie with 3-hours of action sequences. You would eventually become bored. We all need a break/a change in tempo/a shift in energy. Think of yourself as designing a concert or a movie that builds up anticipation that leads to an emotional release.

One way to structure this process is to name your playlist according to your playlist. Choose one song that emotionally speaks with you and create a theme and a title built around that song. Some examples: “Get Out of Your Own Way,” “Be Thankful Where You Come From,” “Power.” Now you can find songs that match this intention.

3. Build an intention off a quote or a story that you like.

Do not just regurgitate the story or the quote. Be sure this story is simplified. Break it down to the inspiration and use that to drive the intention, rather than the fluff of the storyline. How does it make you feel? How do you respond to this? What is it that you like about the story? Use the answers to these questions to develop your intention and how you will share it with your class participants.

4. Example of a class intention: “Power”

This class is meant to help participants find their inner power. Three songs played to start the the class were “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse, “I Like the Way” by Body Rockers, and “Banana Brain” by Die Antwoord. To follow, I dropped the energy down and played, “Fade” by Kanye West. As this played, I asked them to close their eyes and imagine something that drains their power and see it fading away until all they were left with was their inner strength. This matched the lyrics’ in Kanye’s song. I then followed with more powerful songs such as “6 Inch,” by Beyonce, “Louder” by Kill the Noise, “Watch Me” by Jaden Smith. They will now approach these songs with more power after their emotional release that occurred in Fade. The slower feeling and sound of “Fade” helps them fully feel the height of the power of the other songs.

5. Know when to share your points of intention.

Do not underestimate the power of a lower energy moment in class. This is a great time to allow them to have a moment to check in to their own experiences that relate to your intention. Then, drive the intention home with those emotions that they have built up at the more difficult parts of the class so they can use it to push them past challenging moments.

Question: Do you ever walk into the room and feel the energy of the room and change everything on the spot? Answer: Yes! All the time. You need to be able to adapt to the energy of the room and give them what they need. However, be careful. You also have the power to change someone’s mood or day and so does the music. Trust your gut.

Challenge: Try this process for yourself and share your playlist and intention in our Facebook Community. I would love to see what you come up with and answer any questions you may have!

Other References in This Episode:

FCM Episode 31: Mastering the Way You Motivate & Use Motivational Cues

Fitness Career Mastery Spotify Account

Barry Ennis’ Spotify Account

“Power” Spotify Playlist

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