Good morning 🙂
Last night, about the time I was thinking I could sneak out for Zumba, it got really crazy in the office (which is a GREAT thing!), and then I needed to be at Innate Fitness at 6:30 to help teach class (yippee!! :)). So, needless to say, Zumba unfortunately did not happen last night, but WILL tomorrow (I took the action step of getting a 3-day free pass to this particular gym, so it’s going to happen!).
The class I was helping to teach was a beginners class (which I hope to have as my class to teach in February!!), and I knew (because I created the workout) that we were going to be going over the press that night. Andrew has had the tendency to ask me if I have any pointers in the past, while he was teaching the movements (usually when I’m caught off guard) so I wanted to come prepared this time.
One of the things that has been making me nervous (the most) about being a coach is my articulation. I have worried, in the past, about not being able to explain well enough how to perform a particular movement, safely. I have an excitable personality and I tend to jump all over the place. So, before the workout last night, I watched a video on how to teach the press progression…three times. These 10-15 minutes of preparation time created a whole lot of confidence and even EXCITEMENT for Andrew to call on me this time :-p (I’m sure those nights of lulling myself to sleep with “I’m a confident, articulate Crossfit coach” didn’t HURT either…:-p).While I may know how to do the movements, I don’t always know how to articulate each little cue. I needed some organization to my thoughts. The video created a template for me to follow when teaching , and because of that I felt calmer while talking, and instead of fumbling along nervously, I was able to articulate what I needed to say clearly, and actually punctuate it with my personality! Hot diggity! :-p
For you coaches out there, how do you prepare yourself mentally before a class?
In love and gratitude,