Tips for teaching: Planning your sessions (11 mins)

13 thoughts on “Tips for teaching: Planning your sessions (11 mins)

  1. I agree 100% with having a plan and having lesson notes. I have been told in the past that a “good” teacher doesn’t use notes,that it’s “unprofessional”, and that are clients are paying us to know what we’re doing.
    I’m calling BS on all that. For God’s sake, the president of the United States ( all of them!) reads a speech on a TelePrompter that SOMEBODY ELSE WROTE!!!
    I have no shame using notes when I teach.
    So there.

  2. I love the idea of having students doing other exercises during equipment changes. That’s been a frustration of mine as a new teacher! I also like your super-nerdy stickies. Honestly I’m with you: The more planning I have done, the better my clients receive and do the work, therefore they come back happier for their next session.

  3. This is so great! I bought a TUL notebook after you recommended it and I LOVE it! It’s helped me feel more prepared and I date the session so I know the last time I used it (yes, hard to keep track when you’re teaching a lot). I feel present and excited when I am prepared and students absolutely pick up on that energy. Thanks for the great reminder!

  4. I love you so much! It’s so comforting to know that other teachers experience the same struggles and your videos have helped me so much in staying inspired and motivated. I totally agree with how much of a difference planning a session makes and I love the idea of your binder! Thank you Carrie, I’m so grateful.

  5. I agree with you on having a class plan. I always have a class plan so that I know what muscles group I am targeting in that class. I like to have a chat with a client when they walk into the class to find out if they have any new issues since I last saw them. If they do, I give them their alternate exercises/positions before the class starts, still targeting the same muscle group. For example, I have planned for a kneeling armwork series but they might not be able to kneel because of some knee issues so they can sit or maybe stand and use dumbbells. Because I told them what to do/expect when that series comes up, they can get their equipment ready while I set up the rest of the class. That way, they feel included and can enjoy their class together.

  6. Thank you for this video reminder. I used to plan my classes all the time, then after the pandemic I got a little lazy. Maybe that is why I feel a little burned out?? I may be just disorganized and scrambling…It feels so good when you plan out, and feel dialed when you walk into the room. I did that yesterday, and the clients texted me how much they loved the class. We ALL feel it! :))
    I love that binder!! :))

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