The “Fun Factor”


We should able to apply “fun factor” connection techniques to participants, the work out, and the music, to enhance experience for participants. This is what we can also refer to as the building of relationships with our participants. This ensures full classes and our members wanting to attend every training they can! Emotionally the training session takes our participants away from their daily routine.

How can we enhance the ETM experience?

There are several components of our sessions we can use:

• The training/workout
• The participants
• The music

All these are perfect to “connect” to, sharing the “feel” of the workout, connecting participants to each other as a team, or even link into the music’s lyrics if it fits.

Authentic Performance

  • To connect to the above we sometimes need to step out of our “comfort-zone”, this means learning how to be authentic to the type of training we teach in a way that is still true to our personality i.e. “keeping it real”.
  • With experience and lots of experimenting this will improve and become more FUN as we grow as instructors. To be authentic in a training can also be perceived through “dress”. Ideally we should “dress the part” to suit the training.

Practical Opportunity

  • Learners’ opportunity to share prepared workout session in group setting.

Technique/coaching “tidy up”:

  • The understanding and implementation of correct posture and body alignment during movement regarding stages that help participants learn to ‘Exercise to Music’.

Audio Equipment

We should be able to operate the audio equipment at the clubs we teach and know how to maintain the system. Every club will have their policies regarding the operation of the sound system. We should be aware of these policies, respect them and act accordingly. The system’s maintenance is the responsibility of the club. In general the systems are all similar and have CD players with:

• A pitch control in order to adjust the tempo of the music
• A volume control for microphone and music
• A start/play button and a CD eject button

The equalisers are mostly set and should remain unchanged. When arriving at a club for the first time, ensure you are shown the operation of the sound system and the mic.

How to Take Care of Audio Equipment

• One should be trained on how to use audio equipment effectively
• Training should include appropriate use of tone, base and volume in classes
• Equipment should always be stored in a safe place once classes are completed and unplugged according to club guidelines

Voice Projection

• Tone of voice (also covered as part of communication skills)
• Volume: All participants in the class should be able to hear us at all times
• Clear instructions: Articulate clear and use short cues

The Importance of Using a Microphone

The microphone is said to be the most important piece of equipment for an instructor if used properly and will be vital in protecting the vocal chords from overuse.

• Professionalism
• Makes communication from the instructor audible, ensures safe and effective coaching
• Protects vocal chords