Pre-, Intra-, and Post-Session Instruction
The act of demonstrating or describing the components of an individual workout session or exercise routine prior to beginning the session.
There are a few ways to effectively instruct a virtual training session: pre-, intra-, and post-session instruction.
Pre-session instruction is the act of demonstrating or describing the components of an individual workout session or exercise routine prior to beginning the session. This may include demonstrating each individual exercise in the routine, going over all important details, or describing duration, intervals, and intensity levels. Pre-session instruction is best used for fast-paced, high-intensity style training routines. During fast-paced routines, there is not much time available for detailed instruction during the workout itself.
Pre-session instruction is best suited for the following activities:
Pre-recorded workouts Group fitness settings Circuits HIIT training Time-based intervals
The following is an example of pre-session instructions: Session Information: A fitness professional has designed a Tabata/interval-inspired workout for their client to complete. The client is to perform 20 seconds of high-intensity work followed by 10 seconds of rest using four different exercises: Squat Jump Push-Up Lunge Jump Dumbbell Squat to Overhead Press Pre-Session Instructions: Prior to starting the workout, the fitness professional takes time to explain the circuit, demonstrates each exercise, has the client perform each exercise, and provides them with exercise cues. If the instructor were to provide instructions during the routine or in the 10-second rest period, they understand that they would likely disrupt the training intensity, work intervals, and even the client’s focus.