When I give feedback to instructors and trainers around the world, and in preparation for filming, the main issuesI find is around Layer 1 Coaching. Most often, Layer 2 and 3 isn’t a problem at all,” Mark says “once instructors nail Layer 1, the other layers fall easily in to place”.

Quick re-cap

Layer 1 is about setting your participants up for success. Layer 2 is about improving the execution of the movements, coaching the intensity of the workout and educating on benefits. Layer 3 is where we motivate and celebrate – the layer that truly captures the essence of the program.

If we always coach with these three key purposes in mind, we’ll be on track for our participants to have a successful and enjoyable experience in our classes.

Layer 1

Layer 1 is about setting participants up for success, so it makes sense that

everything within this layer works towards this outcome. Start with a great Track Introduction to let participants know what to expect. Then add Choreography Setup Cues: always starting with the name of the move, the leading leg, repetitive phonetic cues to teach the foot patterns, visual cues to enhance our verbal cues, and Previews and Pre-cues to let people see what’s coming up.

Then there’s the Compulsory Cues to keep everyone safe in their movement, and options so that everyone feels successful.

Layer 2

Once our class is moving well we move to Layer 2 Coaching. Layer 2’s purpose is to improve execution, coach intensity and educate people around the benefits of the movements. Improving execution means you look at the class to see what they need and respond (rather than simply ticking boxes). For example improving an arm-line. Then, if participants are ready, coach intensity by telling the class how to get more out of the move (“get lower”). Then we educate by explaining the benefits of the movements.

Layer 3

Lastly, we have our Layer 3 – Motivate and Celebrate!Throughout the class, look for opportunities to use the 4-key Ways to motivate your participants. Intrinsic Motivation taps into how BODYSTEP makes you feel. Extrinsic Motivation is where we focus on the external recognition of improvements. Positive Motivators encourage people to keep going. Challenging Cues are for our more advanced participants, challenging them to do better. You’ll see examples of these cues when you watch the BODYSTEP Masterclass.

Finally, we celebrate. This is everything from tapping into the music and hooking into the uplifting lyrics, to congratulating members for finishing the track. Always finish on a high and invite your class to hit the finale poses with you!


Tips from Mark

In the process of preparing for BODYSTEP filming, I ask the Presenters to focus on the following:

  • Short, sharp, clear phonetic cues. Speak in bullet points, not conversational sentences
  • Find space. Allow the cue to land and be heard, this also allows the music to speak
  • Don’t feel the need to fill in your space sections with “comfort zone” chit-chat
  • Space out the Compulsory Cues, aim for one cue per repetition. If you can’t get them all out in the first set, finish them off in the second set

See Mark Nu’u in the latest release BODYSTEP 109 in your Q3/2017 release drop