How Your Body Language Affects Your Class

Written on the 21 January 2015 by Studio Pilates

Your body language can directly affect the way you relate to your members and the energy that you are sending out to your clients. Some of the ways your body language can manifest in your class is your speed of movement, posture and physical cueing. Simply working on these aspects of body language can greatly enhance your instruction and connection to members.

Speed of Movement
When instructing the Studio Pilates program, your speed of movement around the class should be quite brisk and agile. As most of the classes are now experiencing a high attendance of 40 plus people, increasing your speed of movement will enable you to get around to all of your members throughout the class. It also enhances the group dynamic when the instructor appears vibrant and happy with awesome energy. You can imagine the difference if the instructor is slowly sauntering around the room as opposed to using their pace to inspire and encourage a similar physical exertion from the members.

As instructors, we want to demonstrate good posture to our members. Similar to speed of movement, with posture, your clients will copy what you demonstrate. So as you move throughout the class, focus on keeping the chest forward, shoulders back and head up. Be an example of good posture and your clients will subconsciously reflect this in their practise.

Physical Cueing
Using physical cues can greatly increase how members understand and perform an exercise. Physical cues can also be a great substitute to the visual demonstration of an exercise. Physical cues do not take up as much time, but they still benefit visual learners and can provide a deeper understanding of an exercise beyond a verbal cue. It also means you can be demonstrating physical cues while also walking around the room and monitoring your members. Multi-tasting at its best!
Some ideas: use physical cues to demonstrate drawing the ribs towards the hips for abdominal work. Bring the thumbs onto the base of the ribs and the fingers on the hip bones and demonstrate the drawing down action as you draw your thumb and fingers together.



Author: Studio Pilates