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March 4, 2019
We chatted to Surrey Sports Park Les Mills instructor Kayleigh to get an insight into life as a fitness class teacher. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know…
1. Preparation is key. A huge amount of time goes into preparing for each class. I’m such a perfectionist and I always go back and revise choreography before every class. It’s normal to get an odd “deer in the headlights” moment but I use my experience to get back on track.
2. I still get butterflies before each class. I certified 4 years ago but it’s still nerve-wracking, especially the new release launches where there’s so much new choreography to nail.
3. I’m actually an introvert. Everyone thinks instructors love being the centre of attention but never in a million years did I think I would be standing in front of 60 people every week teaching classes! It’s all about appearing confident. I’ve made great friends and also found something I love to do and can share with others!
4. I’m always learning new things. The fitness world is constantly evolving and I have to remain at the forefront of trends and innovations. I want to keep learning and improving to become the best instructor I can; it’s definitely a steep learning curve to begin with!
5. I struggle for motivation sometimes. If I’m having an off day it can be really hard to feel motivated. But those are the best classes. There’s no better feeling than completing a tough workout when you feed off the energy of your participants!
6. What I’m saying is just as important as what I’m doing. Finding the right motivational words to say to your class is tough. You have to respond to what’s in front of you and think of key words to say that will resonate with the class, especially if someone needs that push to go a little harder and reach the end of a particularly hard track.
7. No class is perfect. My brain is going at 100mph the entire time and I have to react to anything that may happen – technology issues, no microphone, making sure people are moving safely, dealing with latecomers (and people that accidentally walk into the wrong studio as you’re mid warm-up!)
8. Not everyone likes you. Covering classes can be hard. Participants who love their usual instructors can get a little deflated when someone they don’t know walks into the studio, so I’ve learned to not take anything personally and to try and give everyone the best workout I can!
9. I have the power. Exercise is a powerful mood booster and I love that I can positively impact someone’s day. Before I became an instructor, participating in classes was usually the best part of my day! Now I help others achieve the same feeling, as soon as they walk through the studio doors I try to make sure that everyone leaves with an amazing endorphin high!
10. Classes are my escape too. For the one hour a day that I teach, I’m truly present. Participating in classes was a way to escape the everyday thoughts and to-do lists. Switching off and thinking of nothing except your workout, feeling the music and the energy of the room… is euphoric!
If you feel inspired and want to join one of Kayleigh’s amazing classes, this is what she teaches at SSP:
Mondays 7.05-8pm BODYATTACK
Wednesdays 7.05-8pm BODYATTACK
Fridays 6-7pm BODYPUMP (every other week)
Saturdays 10-11am BODYPUMP (every other week)
Saturdays 12.15-1.10pm BODYATTACK
We also run BODYATTACK classes which you can fit into your lunch break on Mondays and Fridays at 12pm.
If you are interested in other Les Mills classes, Les Mills Barre, the ballet based training workout, is a great one to try; Tuesdays at 12.15pm. Or BODYBALANCE, a yoga based class that will help unwind your mind and body, runs weekly, please check the timetable here.
Classes are open to members and non-members. Here’s how to book:
Click here for online booking
In person – pop into Front of House
Over the phone – 01483 689111
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