Teaching the same fitness classes day after day can lead to boredom; for you and your students. Regardless of the class format you teach -- be it cardio, sculpting, or stretching -- with a little imagination, you can add variety and spice.
Add some different props to your class for a change of pace. For a cardio class, add jump roping. Even a short segment of jump roping can challenge your class physically while changing things up a bit. If your class is a sculpting format, consider kettlebells. According to the American Council on Exercise, kettlebells, along with dumbbells and weighted bars greatly increase the physical benefit your participants reap. Foam rollers can be a great addition to a stretching class. Begin with a segment of foam rolling to release tension from the muscles you plan to stretch.
One way to give a little variety to your class format is through the use of stations. Take some of the exercises you typically do in class, and make signs with their names on them. Tape the signs up around the class room. Prior to class, count how many people you have in the class and determine how many should be at each station. Send participants to their first station and then, using a timer, work them through several rotations through the entire circuit.
Interval training is a great way to spice up your fitness class. It is similar to stations; however, the intervals are done together as a class. For a cardio format, mix up bouts of higher intensity cardio with lower intensity cardio and work through the circuit. In a pure sculpting class, cycle attendees through intervals of lower body work alternated with upper body work. With this interval variation, you should repeat through the interval cycle two or more times.
Use music to create a different atmosphere in your class. A good example of energy-inducing music is anything with a fast and fun Latin beat. Tailor your music to the season: patriotic music in July, Latin-inspired tunes near Cinco De Mayo, or Christmas music in December. Take musical suggestions from your class. Ask them to contribute ideas of types of music they would like you to use during the workout. To make it extra fun, tailor your workout to the music you are using. Add a funky combination with dance music or stick in a line-dancing series accompanied by country-western music.