Tuesday, July 02 2019

The above video preview is for Teaching with Intention, posted on 4/13/16

Whether you are looking for ideas on how to effectively structure an aquatic fitness class to include all of the components of physical fitness, or interested in improving your teaching skills, Teaching with Intention, a full-length (50-minute) video just posted and will help you do just that.

Senior Fitness Specialist, MaryBeth Dziubinski, produced this video nearly 10 years ago and taught this program at conferences and events to rave reviews.  In this video, MaryBeth share’s tips and programming ideas that will help you learn how to properly and effectively train your students for the desired training response they are looking for. 


Total Body Workout
Designing a class that targets all of the major muscles groups with balance and purpose, while incorporating the components of physical fitness would be ideal.
What does this look like?

Warm-up – include dynamic rhythmic stretching to thermally warm the body and prepare it for a workout
Cardio segment – include aerobic programming to burn calories and positively affect body composition
Muscular conditioning – increasing strength in fit participants is challenging in group fitness – land & water – instead we focus on improving muscular endurance.
Cool down – this would be the transition from aerobic exercise into other optional activities, such as muscular conditioning, flexibility, and more.
Flexibility – incorporate rhythmic and static stretching toward the end of your class
Relaxation – devote the time to ending your class with a positive experience geared towards reducing stress and feeling grateful and accomplished.

Questions to ask your self?
Do you have a plan?
Do you teach with a purpose in mind?
Does your class title/description reveal the format you deliver?

Are you physically prepared to teach?
Are you well rested?
Do you train your own body for the rigors of teaching?
What does your body language portray?

Pathway to learning
Requires good verbal communication skills
Students learn from good cueing
Empower your students with knowledge
Design usable programming that promotes a sense of accomplishment
Help them develop awareness of the movement

Successful teachers do this…
Make eye contact
Limit number of new moves
Offer options for intensity alteration
Thank participants for attending
Make themselves available before and after class

Enjoy the video!  And check out MaryBeth’s other video – Stride & Strength, as well as her Fitmotivation Video Interview.

Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.