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The Importance of Effective Cueing

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You are what you say.

Or how you say it! Have you ever taken a road-trip using a map or perhaps an outdated map system on your vehicle? It can become very frustrating when you’re wanting to get from point a to point B except the map takes you all over the place… leaving you feeling lost and confused. Sometimes this is how it feels when taking a class and the instructor is not quite on top of their cueing techniques.

Be direct.

A cue is simply informing the class that the change is going to happen. This can be by way of directional changes, form adjustments, numerically stating the number of repetitions, etc. you get the point.

Cues need to be concise and precise with minimal words but enough to deliver the results you are looking for. If possible, develop a hand signal that will correspond with the cue that you were giving.

Types of cues.

The hand cue could be as simple as to how the feet move when executing the specific exercise. For instance, take a jumping jack, the feet jump to move apart and then jump to return together. To cue with the hands, start with the hands together, palms down in front of the body. Then, lift the hands up to show the jump, landing with the hands wide, palms down. Those two motions would become the hand signal for a jumping Jack


So you see, cueing does not have to be complicated but it does need to be consistent. Be consistent with not only hand queuing but also with verbally speaking the name of the move. By staying consistent with the hand signal and name of each move will ensure that the class workout is successful because they could follow your lead!