Fall is here and it’s time to welcome it with some fresh seasonal class themes. Read this blog post to gather ideas for embracing the changing season and tips on how to keep your classes fresh for fall.
“Leaves are falling, autumn is calling.”
As we enter September, the leaves change colors and the air turns crisp, and we’re presented with a new opportunity to infuse our classes with themes and intentions that embrace the new fall season. These themes can breathe live into our classes, make old choreography feel brand new, and create a common thread across multiple formats in your studio.
I’m not just talking about decorating the studio with pumpkins and maple leaves. This season offers a rich tapestry of inspiration for setting class themes, from the abundance of nature’s harvest to the warmth of family and new connections. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can weave these fall themes into your fitness classes, making each class an experience to remember for your participants.
Why set a class theme?
A class theme is like the North Star of your workout. It’s a central idea or concept that sets the tone and intention for your time together with your students. Themes can be as diverse as the individuals you teach, can revolve around universal goals, or they can reflect common experiences students might share. If you’re curious about how to choose and implement a class theme effectively, I recommend reading the blog post Teaching Fitness with Purpose: Setting Class Themes with Intention.
How to pick a fall class theme:
When choosing a theme or setting an intention for class, consider the needs and aspirations of your participants. What will resonate with them in this moment? What types of activities will they be engaging in outside of the gym or studio? What kinds of movement will they be engaging in and how can your classes best prepare them for this? Make sure to tailor your theme to your students unique needs so it addresses their experiences this season.
Here are some common fall activities and the types of movement you might expect your students to participate in this season…
- raking leaves
- kneeling to harvest garden vegetables
- picking up pumpkins at the local patch
- walking the neighborhood
- apple picking
- chasing children around the yard
- chopping wood
- traveling to see family and friends
When picking class themes you can also think of the words that are synonymous with this time of year. Fall is often associated with abundance, as nature’s bounty is on full display. In your fitness classes, you could harness this theme by emphasizing the abundance of strength and potential within your participants. Encourage them to celebrate their progress and reflect upon the “harvest of their personal growth.”
Fall is a season of transition, as the world undergoes profound change. Embrace this theme by designing workouts that encourage participants to embrace change within themselves. Incorporate exercises that challenge them to step out of their comfort zones, whether it’s trying a new movement or safely exploring the edges of their limits.
As the holidays approach, themes of gratitude, family, and connection become more prominent. You might consider starting or ending your classes with a brief gratitude practice or ask participants to reflect on something they’re thankful for because of their workouts with you. This sets a positive tone for the session and reminds everyone to appreciate their bodies and the opportunity to move. You can also incorporate theme-inspired movements, like stretches and postures that “open the heart.”
Fall is a time for gathering and connecting with loved ones. This can be very salient for your clients and class participants as they travel to see friends or host extended family. It can also be a very difficult time for those who have lost people close to their hearts, are estranged from their family, or are unable to visit loved ones this season.
With this in mind, strive to create an atmosphere where everyone feels supported and connected to the group’s energy in your classes by reminding them that they are part of something bigger than themselves, and that your classes, studio, or gym can be their “fitness family.”
In your fitness classes, you can foster a sense of community and connection by encouraging participants to share their fitness goals with one another or engage in partner work that encourages a sense of connection. You might also consider hosting social events outside of the studio or gym to give back to your members and show your appreciation for them.
As a fitness instructor, you have the unique opportunity to infuse the beauty and themes of fall into your classes, creating a transformative experience for your participants that will keep them coming back even as the end of the year gets packed. Whether you’re celebrating the abundance of strength, cultivating gratitude, embracing change, or strengthening connections, each theme can add depth and meaning to your fitness sessions.
Remember that the essence of fall is not just about the changing scenery but also about personal growth and connection. By weaving these themes into your classes, you create a holistic fitness experience that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. This fall, let your fitness classes be a reflection of the changing season.
More ideas for fall-inspired class themes:
- Letting Go
- Finding comfort
- Embracing change
- Making room
- Slowing down
- Treat yourself
In this blog post, I shared how you can embrace the themes of fall in your fitness classes. Themes such as abundance, gratitude, embracing change, and connection, are all sources of inspiration for classes this season. I also provided practical suggestions for integrating these themes into workouts while fostering a sense of community and personal growth among participants.
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Until next time, happy teaching!