Timing Is Everything
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Have you ever experienced a class that was just REMARKABLY easy to follow? Didn’t that make it more fun? You got a memorable workout, yeah? How about a class that was difficult to follow? Was there something about the instruction that just made it super frustrating? I know that all of us would be mortified to hear we’d delivered a hard-to-follow class! The good news is that all certified SharQui instructors have PROVEN themselves to be up to the challenge of cueing, you just have to develop the skill consistently over time to become one of the instructors delivering that easy-to-follow memorable class. Basically, in the end your ability to SHINE as a group fitness instructor all comes down to one technique – the art of cueing.
Why? Because timing is everything. You are trying to give your students a workout or a class that flows while also having them execute movements correctly. It’s imperative that you do your students the favor of helping their brain and body anticipate and correctly sequence these physical tasks. When you cue well, it empowers your students and increases the likelihood they will come back. Many instructors ask me, “Oreet, you make it look so easy.” Yes, it is NOW, but it certainly didn’t start like that! I had to work at it.
The SharQui format mainly uses verbal cueing. But knowing how to visually cue as well is a great skill to change things up, protect your voice, if the music is too loud, or when someone may be hearing impaired.
So, I’d love to give you a basic breakdown on cueing effectively. Are you ready?? It’s important to keep in mind that cueing can only be done effectively by staying on the beat and being articulate. Here it goes…
Cueing – prepares the students for the next move so that the class can flow seamlessly. Proper execution of a cue is about 2-4 counts before the next movement.
Verbal Cueing – To effectively lead a class through a routine, verbal cues should be brief, easy to understand and executed in a timely fashion. Here are the verbal cueing techniques:
Count 1-2-3-4-5-6, and on counts 7 & 8 say the next move then execute it. For example, to cue a march, count: 1-2-3-4-5-6 – march (7-8).
Count 1-2-3-4-now-I’m-gonna-give-a-cue, and on counts 5-8 you say the next move. For example, to cue a grapevine, count: 1-2-3-4 – grapevine-to-the-right (5-8).
Visual Cueing – To effectively lead visually, visual cues should be clear, animated and executed in a timely fashion. Here are some examples:
Arms up with palms up – “Hold in place”
Fingers toward the eye – “Watch me”
Hand on top of head – “From the top”
Circling finger in air – “Turn or circle” Strong arm right – “Move right”
Strong arm back – “Move back”
Counting numbers with fingers – “Counting”
So, what’s the secret? Practice, Practice, Practice! Is it Rocket Science? NO! But GOOD cueing takes work. My tip is to really know the routine first then add the verbal and/or visual cues sequentially. I guarantee it will become second nature, especially on moves that you know well and use frequently. At SharQui, we help you with this. You first get a robust explanation in the Online SharQui Instructor Training course and then you get even more mentoring by moí after you’re certified. Head over here to apply for the training, we’d love to have you!
My words of wisdom…
· If you lead they will follow. I repeat….. if you lead they will follow.
· Observe your participants. Are they able to follow you?
· Listen to your music and know your music. Listen to it until you know the 32-count like the back of your hand. (in car, at home, etc.)
· Practice makes perfect – or pretty darn close!