VISUAL CUEING TIPS FOR TEACHING CLASSES
WITH A MASK

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While COVID-19 safety measures are in place and masks are being worn while teaching classes, or shared microphones no longer an option, great visual instruction becomes more important. Here are some tips which may help you to coach more effectively.

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TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE YOUR VISUAL CUES

While COVID-19 safety measures are in place and masks are being worn while teaching classes, or shared microphones no longer an option, great visual instruction becomes more important. This takes practice – set aside time before class to figure out the best way to cue difficult combinations using a combination of the skills below, and a sprinkle of your own ingenuity. Remember, the bigger the action, the clearer it will be to everyone in the room.

PREVIEWING

Use physical intensity to build into a big drop in the music. Use your arms to hype people and show excitement.

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DIRECTION

Use arms to point the way you want people to move. Make them big, strong and obvious.

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NUMBER OF REPS

Hold up fingers high to indicate numbers of reps. You can also count down.

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STOP

Put your hand out strongly in front to get people to stop.

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WHICH LEG

If you are about to step forward or sideways with your left leg, use your left hand to tap your leg, then point low at the direction you’re about to go.

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FASTER

Move your hands in a fast rolling movement to indicate speeding up.

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BIGGER & CLEARER RANGE OF MOVEMENT

When setting up a move or combo, be precise with your footwork. Pick up your feet a fraction more and be extra clear with your movement.

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SET IT UP FROM THE START

If you are able to quickly show participants a tricky combo before the track begins, or say, “when you see me do this it means look at me”, you will set both them and you up for success.

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CREATE HYPE

Use physical intensity to build into a big drop in the music. Use your arms to hype people and show excitement.

For static programs like BODYPUMP™ and CXWORX™ – visual repetition cues will be your friend. Previews may be possible in a small number of tracks. Don’t be too hard on yourself if people don’t get the movement straight away, let them see it and follow when they can.

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In all programs, continue to show engagement through your eyes – people can tell if you’re smiling, pushing hard or being cheeky from that alone! So stay ‘on’ and connected to your people – make eye contact with everyone
in the room.

MOST IMPORTANTLY - ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. TAKE MORE BREAKS DURING THE CLASS, PULL BACK WHEN YOU NEED TO, AND TELL YOUR CLASS ITS OK FOR THEM TO DO THAT AS WELL.

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We know it isn’t easy teaching under these conditions, and we appreciate you for putting yourself out there to help
people in your community!

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These guidelines are general in nature and do not take into account your personal situation. You are responsible for following all local, state and national COVID-19 safety recommendations for your area as well as those of health authorities
and your fitness facility.

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