Cueing is a vital skill that every fitness professional should master. It is essential for coaching proper technique, keeping your clients safe and effective during their workouts and it creates a connection between you and your client, conveying how in-tune you are to their movement and performance. Great cueing can even serve as an effective marketing tool, since it is a direct reflection of just how attentive you are to your clients.
TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR CLIENT’S MOVEMENT
1. There are many cues that accomplish the same goals of proper alignment and muscle engagement.
- Learn many so that you don’t repeat yourself when your client doesn’t understand the first cue you use.
2. Address each learning style in your cueing
- Auditory – Narrate the actions of your body while you perform the exercise
- Visual – Make sure that you can perform the exercise well with proper alignment, remember that your client’s are following your lead.
- Kinesthetic – Talk about how the exercise feels in your body when you’re doing it right. Have your client perform each action step by step, cueing each movement.
3. Use simple direct cues – Avoid technical sounding language
- Don’t use words that your clients don’t know or that you haven’t taught them. This can discourage your client, and leave a confused look on their face.
- Worst case they decide to do the exercise without completely understanding what you said and end up hurting themselves.
- Instead of saying “This exercise is horizontal adduction of the humorous in the frontal plane” (aka a chest press), try saying “Grab these handles and push them away from your body, I’ll be coaching you along the way.”
4. Don’t Over explain or talk too much.
- Talking too much can cause your clients to tune out or just simply lose track of the information you’re presenting.
- If we talk too much we can pull our client’s attention away from the exercise. Leave time for your client to execute the exercise a few times before cueing again.
5. Start from the base of support
- Adjusting the base of support will affect the alignment all the way up the kinetic chain. If you adjust the knees you may lose the work . Starting from the bottom will prevent you from having to re-cue alignment further up the kinetic chain.