If you’re reading this around the time I’m posting, it’s quite likely your classes are cancelled. So, now what? If your job is to teach a group of students, in-person and no one can gather in groups or see each other in-person, what should you do? Here are a few ways to productively pass the time while you’re away from the studio:
- Brush up on continuing education.
There are so many online courses for fitness pros. Have you always wanted to add a nutrition certification, work on your musicality or learn more about the history of yoga? A lot of courses are on discount right now too! If an online course isn’t your style, read IDEA Fitness Journal or Yoga Journal!
- Plan future classes and playlists.
The classes will come back, the students will come back and life will return to “normal” at some point. Think of this as a great opportunity to get super prepared in advance.
- Create a workshop.
Workshops take a lot of time and effort and sometimes it’s hard to find that time during your regular, busy schedule. No matter your format(s), you can teach a workshop and, true, you might not have a date on the calendar but you can prep a plan, outline and make a handout now! I have a pretty thorough how-to on workshops here.
- Improve your own fitness.
This won’t apply to everyone but, I’ll be totally honest, I haven’t always been in my best shape while teaching. Extra time means you can work on the areas of health and fitness where you sometimes slack off a bit.
- Teach virtual classes.
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment and you actually shouldn’t use music due to licensing rights so keep it simple. There are a lot of examples of instructors doing this right now but don’t let that steer you away! Just like in-person, each instructor has something unique to offer so a flooded pool of options is just fine.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you knew this tip was coming. I love to write and it is a great compliment to teaching group fitness classes. While the gyms and studios are closed, websites, blogs and magazines are still open for business and they all need content. Here is a great place to start if you have any interest in freelance writing.
In a total turn from my advice above, you might also use this time to completely separate yourself from group fitness (while staying active and healthy of course!). So many instructors teach so many classes and burnout is pretty common so take advantage of some forced time off.