You know how most group fitness classes face the front of the room?
Well, of late, I’ve had most of our classes conducted at a 45-degree diagonal angle to the front mirror. Why? I’ve noticed that it’s the best way to have students visually capture the way that they position their low back and hips relative to one another — a key movement to watch for in many movements, particularly those involving power from the hips/legs.
Because most of the programs are designed for 2 sets, we are able to face the right of the room on one set, and the left of the room on the other set, so as not be predominantly turned toward one side.
Some may argue the soundness of keeping your cervical spine (neck) turned while performing group fitness exercises. However, I always recommend that once the students feel they have the movement pattern down, they can proceed with the exercises facing straight ahead.
My favorite result from this “rule change” is that students are no longer complaining of feeling exercises too much “in their low back”. It is very rewarding to find a solution to this all-too-common problem of class participants not really knowing how to position themselves properly, no matter how well you describe the movement or cue the exercise.
I’m all for solutions that work, unconventional as they may be. So for all of you “visual learners” out there, try this little trick out, and see if it makes a big difference for you, the same way it has for a lot of others. Good luck, and keep on exercising!