You can use class motivation techniques for greater participant connection. Most people are in your class to keep fit, but there are so many other psychological and social benefits that you can use to sell your class to them and connect with them too. Remind them of the benefits such as; improved cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular fitness, endurance, speed, power, agility, fat burning, better coordination, better self esteem, confidence, stress management, weight control, socialising, fun, success, sense of achievement, quality of life, freedom from injury and acceptance. You can slip some of these themes into peak moments in a track.
If you can tap into their goals, you can connect with them and motivate them.
Goal set at the start of the class and this includes setting your own goals, aim for personal success and ignite it in others. Ask them to create a goal for the session or in a particular phase and check in with them, remind them in the challenging segments. This is a really effective way of encouraging them to succeed. You could ask them to identify some of their strengths and weaknesses and get them to think about an area they need to work on. You could even encourage some friendly and positive competition. Create a team environment, you could divide the room and encourage a challenge.
Educate them! Use every opportunity to do this. Explain the benefits of the class structure, the purpose and benefits of each exercise, provide information about the heart rate, reinforce correct technique you could even give out hand-outs like healthy recipes and information about some of the topics listed above (much better than handing out sweets). Can you imagine if instructors went to these lengths? Have you had an instructor like this? Imagine the sense of community it could create. Go above and beyond and you will be rewarded with big class numbers.
It should be noted that as much as we want to motivate our clients to work hard, we also need to keep it safe. One of the best ways to monitor your group after any pre-exercise screening and getting to know them is to actually watch them throughout the class. If poor form and little control is becoming noticeable, they might not be able to cope with the intensity. You can quietly check in with one person, make eye-contact and/or gesture towards them with a thumbs up, indicating that you are checking that they are ok. Consider the overall condition of the participant and their age at all times.