During workshops, I often get questions about what an instructor can do if a student is: pedaling too fast, using the wrong hand positions, not using enough resistance, and/or demonstrating incorrect body alignment. These are very good questions and they certainly are about situations that we?ve all found ourselves in while coaching a class. There are three different ways that we (as instructors) can communicate, guide, motivate, and offer corrections.
1: By far, your greatest influence on participant form and efficiency is through a visual connection. Your demonstration of proper set-up, resistance use, hand placement, and cadence while riding the bike offers the most meaningful information while also being the least intrusive to their enjoyment of the experience.
2: Verbal instructions support your visual prompts. Coaching cues are greatly enhanced when they can be reinforced with immediate visual examples. In other words, as you are prompting it, you are also showing it.
3: Music is undeniably an enormous influence on cadence, resistance, and attention (just to name a few). Moderately paced music will help influence lower cadences, which will also allow students a comfort space to add more resistance. Most students will hear verbal cues more clearly when instrumentals are used. Non-vocal music is always a good choice when first introducing a specific skill or activity in class.
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