One of the main tools for a group fitness instructor is music. Music is used to motivate, energize and keep everyone on the same beat. Using an iPod playlist makes the job much easier. Here are some tips on organizing and playing back songs for your fitness class.
Organize music folders into genres. For example, if you teach cardio dance you can separate your songs into rhythms such as salsa, merengue, bellydance and hip-hop. When you want to create a playlist for a class just select a song from each genre and place it in there. If you teach step aerobics you can separate music into bpm and then organize the songs accordingly when you are ready to use them.
The crossfade feature will allow you to create a list where the music flows from one song to the next without gaps. This is important to keep the energy going for your students. You can crossfade your playlist either on your computer or right on your iPod.
There are a few options for playing your iPod in class. If you have a stereo or speaker system already in place in your group fitness room you would probably just insert the cable into your headphone jack on your iPod. If your facility does not provide a stereo you may have to invest in a large, portable system. In some cases you may be able to use a microphone placed near a portable boombox or speaker to which your iPod is attached.
The iPod makes navigation through your playlist easy. You can switch forward and back between songs, pause or adjust the volume. If you are teaching a distance from the placement of your system you may want to invest in an iPod dock that comes with a remote.