The Merengue Soul

{February 14, 2011}   A good Zumba Instructor – Get the truth!

Hey … I was wondering one day how do you really know if you’re a good Zumba Instructor and that your participants like your style?  How do you know when a participant says “your class is good” that they really mean it?

I went to sub at one location one day and the manager told me ” we’re looking for someone that is exciting and has energy..because our partipants tell us that our zumba class sucks”. I couldn’t believe it…she said it out right just like that.   The instructor that teaches it has all the credentials of a fitness instructors from FIT, Zumba Licencing, a Zin member..and I think even PTS too by Can-Fit-Pro.  But even with all this, there is negative feedback.

If i go to a zumba class and I don’t like the instructor’s style, because every one has their taste…I just won’t ever come back. But I would never have the guts to tell to their face because people are human and have feelings.

I know the subject of this post is “get the truth”…but is there any way to actually get it?

Here are some ideas I have:

Feel the energy in the class room, are they looking like they enjoy it – are they moving? – do they return to your class again – is your class busy on a night where the fitness club is generally busy? – have you received negative feedback and not followed up on it or try to improve? – are you staying true to the zumba formula – are you changing your music at most every 2 months? – are you using zin music? – are you using the 30% 70% split to keep outta da foomba zone? – are you picky on participants getting the moves right when they just wanna dance?

I did a class at wynn fitness two weeks ago and a member said to me, “can you do some reggaeton”. I was a little confused because there is reggaeton interludes throughout my song list. Then i figured..maybe she wants more full songs with reggaeton. So hey..i’m doing exactly that. I find that people like “she’s hot” on zin 28..and then I’m adding a couple more.

Well i know i haven’t written in a while because i just haven’t gotten to it but i got several topics written in my notebook as a reminder to touch on. This was one of them;)

Hey so keep dancin and keep exercising con ZUMBA!!!


Jaihanne Abdellatif says:

I’m just starting up as a Zumba Instructor and found your feedback useful. Just wandered how one can improve their techniques as a Zumba instructor. How long should the songs be?

Hiya – Theres always room for improvement especially myself. The most important is to be yourself and to use songs that make you feel you wanna dance! Chances are if you like the song and you got your energy going you’re going to pass it along to your students. From my experience although participants taking your zumba class may be coming for the first time there is one thing i’ve learnt……They want to sweat! Too much choreography and changing up moves often isn’t a good idea. There is alot of good advice in your ZIN booklet. Are you a Zin member?

Angela says:

The key is energy and variety! People don’t want to go to the gym to watch us dance, they want to be motivated and us to teach them how to move. Get to know each student, make them feel important….yell out “how is everyone feeling?” Make them interact with you in class…throw in a couple yawns (in a joking manner) if they seem to be low on energy (trust me they will laugh/giggle and then start moving their bodies in ways that you could never imagine). We are there to motivate them to work out. If you can do that…everything else will fall into place.

I also try to pick songs that make them participate. I like to use songs that they can sing out “hey…hey” or “jump” or things that will make them feel like they are doing more than just dancing. Be creative…grab their attention.

Also mix up your music…get your Basic 2 mix in many different variations and styles of music. Take requests from your students. Listen to your audience.

AND CUE! Students don’t come back if they find it hard to follow. Make that your first priority, hand gestures and some students don’t get them…if they don’t you always have verbal cues to use. But, make sure they can follow you. If not, they won’t come back. And ZumbaSoul…you are correct, don’t go crazy on the moves! Too much is overkill and they get confused.

And…compliment your ladies…make them want to come back and feel that they are a part of Zumba. Acknowledge their progress and support and motivate them. I have a wall of fame that everyone of my students we take a picture on their first day of class…and well we have milestones…I let them have the first minute to share weight loss victories and as a class they all support each other. They like to know we support their goals and aren’t just there to dance for the class and go home.

chelle says:

a good zumba instructor in my opinion gets to know their class really instructor knows the names of everyone in her classes. She makes eye contact with her class participants and helps you feel so relaxed in her class. if you tell her you can’t grasp one of the moves in the class she will spend time with you to show you how to do it. She has regular participants and is very popular with adults and children as she holds children’s dance classes as well as adult classes in different genres of dance. she is also very creative and encourages you to sing a long to the music and whoops and cheers in class and encourages you to do it back to her. she also motivates you and praises you. she also thanks you for attending her class and says i will see you all next week. she’s a gem and totally lovely.

Jewels says:

I am very excited to find this site today. The information is very helpful already for me. I am a ZIN member and mainly I sub Zumba classes for now, but to be a sub is very discouraging sometimes so I am looking for my own regular class.
Some students get used to their regular Zumba instructor,(I understand this & I am OK with it) but they get a little rude sometimes in class if you are not just like their regular teacher! I thought Zumba was about love, fun & sweat? Everyone has their own style, it does make you wonder, “am I a good instructor?”
I love your write up on the subject. Any more feedback would be welcome!

Jewels says:

Does anyone feel the market for instructors is over saturated? I don’t, but jobs are hard to find.

Adriana says:

Hi everyone,
I just started working as a Zumba Insructor at a gym. I am a little bit worried, because I had more students in my first class; as a basic Zumba instructor, I go with the basic moves and music. I do like what I do, and I try to motivate them as much as I can, but I don’t get any answers. If I yell out asking how you feel, or did you like the songs, I don’t get any answers… So, I am wondering if there is something I am missing. I cue most of the time with my hands, I yell out sometimes to change a move… My music varies from cumbia, pop, salsa, some samba, quebradita. But still I don’t get anything from my students. I had 14 people in my first class a week ago, today I had only 10. I am really concern. Any idea of what is happening. It’s also important to let you know, that the gym has three more Zumba instructors, and they had been there for a long time; They just hired me a week ago. It may be that? or what is happening?

Vicky says:

Hi I know this post I’m writing is very late but I can connect to this. Lately I feel that my class needs to improve. I like the music I put and people do too but since I started I never really shouted or yelled so now I feel I should to add a bit more flavor to the class but it feels very Akward because Ive never done the yelling before 😦 like the “how is everyone feeling!” or “woooh” do you think my students would see this sudden change a bit dumb or would they appreciate it??

everyone has their own personality you know. The main thing is to be yourself. When I first started I didn’t think I would be a woooh person either. Now, when the energy is up in my class and I know that I’m killing them…then I let out a wooooooh! Go with how you feel and give them love and you shall receive it exponentially.

Erika says:

Thanks for the post! I got certified to teach 1 1/2 yrs ago, but got pregnant a month later and never got to teach.

Unfortunately it was a rough pregnancy and I gained a lot of weight. For some crazy reason it won’t come off!!! So I guess that’s my main issue over anything else…..I’m starting to teach some songs in classes, but I’m fat lol! If I were going to a class I’d wonder how good the class would even be if I saw an instructor that looked like me! I HAVE gotten good feedback however since I do have a lot of energy and rhythm, and this fat girl can bust a move!!! Lol but yeah teaching a whole class scares me a bit….

Also, that being said, any tips on pacing yourself through teaching a tough class (like when it’s just ‘one of those days’)?

Thanks again 🙂

Hey girl! I’m actually in your shoes right now. Just had a baby four months ago. I’m definitely a curvy girl who can bust a move and with lots a energy and rhythm. My advice to you would be to get into a routine of good eating and Zumba Fitness classes. If it’s not a routine, then it won’t work. Also another piece of advice I can offer is to get into “Intermittent Fasting”. What is that? Intermittent fasting is where you designate a window of time during a 24hr period for which you will eat and when you will fast. For example, if you like to eat late then you choose a window of time that starts later in the day to eat such as 1pm to 9pm. Any time that is outside of that window you will not ingest any calories which means you can still drink water, tea, coffee and with discretion diet beverages. Good luck!

Hector Reyna says:

People had said to me you should become a instructor but I never though about that. What do I need to said yes I can do it

When there is a will there is a way:) Shoot for the stars!

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