Put simply, “coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”(John Whitmore, in Coaching for Performance). For our third installment of Top Tips, we asked the Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP)Trainer team to bring their attention to the third key element: coaching.

For some, being a group fitness instructor is a full time gig – running from class to class, rapidly changing from sweaty clothes to non-sweaty clothes to rinse and repeat day in day out. For others, being a group fitness instructor is their “other job”. In this new series “The Secret Life of Group Fitness Instructors” we introduce you to members of the Les Mills Tribe who have some interesting, inspiring and very busy “other jobs”.

The class plonked in front of you day-in-day-out are as individual as the people frequenting them. Some days members are like disciples, others they are like herding cats. You never know what you are going to get which is one-part invigorating one-part death of a thousand cuts. In my experience, the classes I’ve taught can pretty much be summed up under 3-categories: