To be a great instructor you also need to master writing great workouts!  Writing workouts can be time consuming, but the rewards of making your class happy can make you feel amazing.  Additionally, copying other people's workouts can get you through a class but when the material is not your own it's hard to take ownership of the workout and make it great.  The best way to write a workout is to find some inspiration!  Follow these steps when writing your workout and send me your feedback.  I hope this information is helpful.  

  1. Find some inspiration.  For example - you really like a new move you just saw or you really want to do something creative with dumbbells.
  2. Incorporate your inspiration into your warmup and at least one or two sets.  Use it as a centerpiece and build your workout around the inspiration.
  3. Begin writing your warm up.  Warm up should take anywhere from 10-15 minutes.  Don't forget to try something new in the warm up.
  4. After your warm up begin writing your individual sets.  You should have no less than 3 main sets of the workout but feel free to include 4.  
  5. As a general guideline - if you are going to repeat the set more than once I would I suggest 4-6 transitions.  If you are going to only go through the set once, I would suggest 6-8 transitions.  
  6. Write down a few notes for a cool down.  I like to make my cool down different every time to show versatility.  Some days the cool down is choreographed, sometimes traditional stretching, sometimes yoga, or if you're feeling adventurous, try doing a cool down in silence.  Purely have them follow you without words!