// Keep classes fresh with chillin’ cool downs!

After a red-hot class you don’t want to bore your participants with an anti-climactic finish. Take the energy down a notch, but keep the personality ramped up by bringing back ‘the robot’! Resident robotics expert Nathalie Lacombe shows you how.

Although they may not like to admit it, most participants would love the opportunity to set free their inner Billy Elliot! But without a little liquid courage they might feel as if their dancing skills don’t quite pass muster for public performance, making the prospect of dance-based fitness classes rather overwhelming.

This is where strategic timing and a fun but simple chillin’cool down come into play. Once the cardio section of your class has been completed, your participants are more likely to be open to trying something new. The cool down segment of your class offers the perfect opportunity to introduce a fresh style, and inject some joie de vivre into participants’ workouts while releasing the performer within you! Plus, it sends participants home with smiles on their dials and making mental diary appointments to return next week.

The trick is to be well-prepared and keep it simple to ensure that participants feel successful. Since some of them will not be familiar with the movements or styles, begin with something you’ve done before and then spice it up with some fun and creative moves. Set the tone with your music selection and the mood with your attitude – as long as they feel safe and comfortable, participants will have a blast!

Here’s an oh-so-retro example of a chillin’cool-down.

1, 2 & 3 8 Step tap to side with body weight
No photos required – you know how to do this one! 8 Butterfly slow x1 + quick x2
4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 8 Stir the pot x4
9, 10, 11 & 12 8 Robot poses

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Nathalie Lacombe, MExSc
Blending 16 years of international health and fitness experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie is passionate about education. As the director of membership and certification for Can Fit Pro she uses her vibrant leadership style to create profound and lasting changes in staff, clients and participants.