Smiling is a universal language. A smile has the power to convey emotion, build a connection, and foster a positive relationship without saying a word. It is a simple yet powerful gesture that can significantly impact communication in the group fitness setting. A smile can instantly make a positive impact in our interaction with our participants.
When we smile, we not only convey positivity and approachability to others, but we also project self-assurance and confidence. A smile can make all the difference in your confidence when leading an entire class. Not sure what to cue next? Just smile and concentrate on your movements. The class will follow your confident energy without a single word. You messed up on the choreography? Smile, make the correction, and none will be the wiser. Are you absolute dying inside and want to cry from being in so much pain from the workout?! Just smile it out! See the pattern here?
Moreover, smiling can also boost our own confidence. Research has shown that when we smile, our brain receives signals that we are happy, even if the smile is forced. (And maybe you should practice on how that forced smile looks in the mirror just to make sure you don't scare anyone). This can trigger a positive feedback loop, where smiling leads to increased feelings of happiness and confidence, and vice versa. When we feel more confident, we are more likely to communicate effectively, express ourselves clearly, and engage with our particpants in a positive way. Also, smiling can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and nervousness, which are common feelings for any fitness instructor while teaching a class.
In short, smiling is now your secret weapon. Your confident smile towards the participants in your class will put them at ease, their confidence in you as their instructor will increase, and level of fun will increase for everyone. Never underestimate the power of a smile.