The demo class went well I think. I was really nervous in the beginning but my voice and body weren’t shaking at least. Woo! I messed up in the very beginning with the warm-up and I was able to laugh it off and keep going instead of freaking out and starting over. “I’ve made my mistake so the rest of the class should go well, right?” They gave me marks for taking the mess-up in stride and not letting it hold me back.
Main areas needing improvement:
Things I did well:
- welcoming voice
- hit all large muscle groups
- demonstrated lower impact moves without shame or judgement
- announced exact number of push-ups
My transitions are a bit choppy and the routine needed the barest tweaking with move order in two sections. One switch was suggested in the beginning and, showing that I had understood the advice and was implementing it, I then suggested later another switch that will prove beneficial for a smooth transition.
Mostly what I need work on are things that will improve with time and practice. Not a problem. But my cueing and transitions need to be better before I can start teaching so they’ve given me another month (or less depending on how quickly I can get myself ready) to practice the advice given at which point I’ll do another demo. If all goes well I’ll start subbing after that.
Maybe most other teachers don’t need more than one demo to prove they can teach but I don’t feel bad or discouraged. I have zero experience and most other teachers have at least degrees if not experience as well supporting them. I’ve gone from being morbidly obese to being fit and healthy enough to teach a group fitness class. It doesn’t matter how many demos I need to do to get ready for this, I have done a fantastic job.