Fitness force, Charlotte's 3 tips for finding your rhythm and creating kick-ass classes
Charlotte Collins is a force in the fitness industry but how does she manage to consistently create killer classes and maintain her own wellness? Here’s the answer:
Choose a spot, channel your vibe, create greatness.
On average, I spend about 1-1.5 hours planning a class. I have to listen to the full playlist, and there’s usually a lot of pausing for cues.
Indispensable tool… COFFEE.
I usually compile songs, grab a spot at a coffee shop or lay out on my floor with my laptop, and go in on the class plan.
My mood 100% affects the class. I have a huge library of playlists and backup classes because the most authentic teaching is produced when the playlists reflects my current energy. Otherwise, my words come off insincere (at least to my own ears). There are definitely tracks that throw me back to a certain summer drive or angsty time and they will definitely end up in certain playlists. I’ll usually share a quick personal story during class when those tracks come on.
I will definitely have a theme in mind and start grabbing songs for it, but as I walk through a roadmap, I envision song by song what efforts I want everyone doing and then I will have to find a song that matches it.
2. Find a teaching style that’s true to you, take care of yourself and CALL YOUR MOM.
I come from a background of more technical classes based on interval cardio training, so I always keep in mind that I want class to be an efficient workout. However, I don’t want everyone in class to have to think about this the whole time.
My riders need to hear the fun and transformative part of my instruction without being distracted or confused by the technical.
As an instructor, my job is physically demanding. To minimize mental stress, I have to focus on what is front of me. Obviously I will have a plan for the week / the future, but worrying about what is happening in the future takes away from enjoying the moment and minimizes my clarity to do my best right NOW.
Call your Mom. When we are on, we’re ON. Instructing is a complete emotional and physical exertion and it takes passion, dedication, and time. When I call my Mom (or whoever you can decompress with) I get to blab anything and everything without any judgement. These talks can also just be for encouragement and support.
Just because I tell everyone else that they are capable, doesn’t mean I don’t need someone else telling me the same thing sometimes.
3. Get ready to work.
I’m obsessed with Tabata. Whether I teach a full tabata class or just throw a tabata section in the middle, it completely tests your reaction time and dedication to a workout. It’s an amazing training style for anaerobic capacity.
Also, I find myself very often throwing in a giant climb right before the cool down in a cycling class. We are always capable of more than we think, and it adds one last challenge to overcome when we think we might be done. Also, it ends class with everyone feeling like they reached the ‘top’!
How she gets in your head:
Great things don’t happen inside comfort zones.
Be able to show up for yourself.
Focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t.
Basically, we are our own worst enemy. Life is just a giant glass-half-full situation and as cliche and optimistic as this sounds, we have to be on our own team, want growth for ourselves, and not take what we ARE capable of for granted.