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Following on from my comment on the gymnastic bodies thread, I figured I would ask everyone here for their preference.

Which format do you prefer for the vimeo pay to download programs?

Instructional - These are like the "Master the ..." programs, and my two programs, where an exercise is demonstrated and explained in isolation.

Follow along - Self explanatory, the 60 or 90 minute follow along classes

I'm thinking the follow along format is better, especially if it's taught as an actual class with students and just filmed. That way you can join in as if it were part of the class and can get a feel for programming, duration etc.

I am going to do some test filming with Kit, Liv and DW on my particular programs and see how this goes, would love to hear people's input on this subject.

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They work both and, in my opinion, serve different end goals. The instructional videos are great for giving a general explanation of specific exercises and serve as a reference to come back to. Moreover, they work great as an extension to any written instruction, e.g. a book (which always can bring up some doubts that can be clarified with an instructional videos).

Follow along classes are probably better to get a general idea of integrating all the parts introduced in the instructional videos. They provide a structure and can guide people better through the whole concept. I would like to see instructional videos more like a "dictionary" to look up specific things. The follow along classes are more like a complete story being told. That being said, I believe that you only have to provide a set of instructional videos (such as the mastery series) once. On top of that, you can always come up with new follow along classes even for similar topics to provide some variety. Following the same class many many times will probably get a bit boring after a while. For example, if there would be a new follow along pancake class every now and then, I would for sure get it and follow it.

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I think both are helpful. I have Livs Pike and Pancake class and as a complete beginner to the ST way of doing things it was a lot easier to understand and implement. Now having gone through the follow up class I have a much better appreciation for the Mastery classes and now what feelings I'm supposed to be looking for and how to work through the stretches.

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Extracted the following from an email conversation with Kit recently. Sorry, I haven't been an active participant at the forum. I will do better this year. :-) 


I was building a website recently to organize how I do leadership/organization/execution/people coaching at Intel. Basically, I use an empirical approach to help leaders to grow in a constant changing environment. I then remember this topic in Kit's email when the new videos were released: how to structure the programs targeted at teachers vs. people who just want to follow along? Here are some ideas to share with you:

1. For a follow-along program, Ryan's GMB does a great job with their Element program. It's an effective daily practice companion. Although there are lots of repetitions in the program, the goal is to get folks into a routine. It works. This is a different methodology than releasing a follow-along video. A follow-along video is a one time thing, more or less. It's a good reference, but something enables a regular practice works better, I believe. 
2. Ryan's Vitamin program (the next step) is less effective in my opinion. Compared to Element, there are more specific skills to practice and more varieties to follow in Vitamin. He does a great job of describing what to do and he really knows what he is going. However, it's a bit challenging to follow and finish the whole program via the video. Specifically, people can get stuck quickly. 
3. Teachers vs. people who want to just practice stretching:
  • They need completely different things. I always believe that training teachers is about coaching them to be self-driven and empowered. You want them to have enough of skills to handle different situations with different clients. In addition, every teacher has something to contribute. The goal is to maximize his/her unique strengths to move the whole program forward. Just like what Kit and Miss O did at the master trainer class and the Monkey gym in Canberra. I observed what they did (very empirical) and I absolutely love how they handled the knowledge development and the knowledge sharing among all trainers (hand-on interactions).


  • For the people who want to follow along: they only need the critical things. I still remember that Kit prefers to use just 3 cues to guide the participant for each pose in a typical class. That's my point about not giving too much to the participants all at once. Otherwise, I call it information hoarding. The participants can get overwhelmed quickly. Just use the critical cues to get them moving to begin with. It does not mean giving less instructions, but offer something different. I try to make sure that the participants in my class can reflect/contemplate on how they feel from each pose, by asking some questions during the practice. For example, "did you notice anything changed or different?" during or after a pose. When the participants can "feel" the differences, you train them to be self-driven and to be curious for more. When they ask follow up questions, you know they are ready for more. 


  • Translating what I said above in terms of how to arrange the videos: for the teachers, introduce more variations and options, and a cadence to grow together. For the follow-along people: less variations but more checking-in real-time. 

I hope this is helpful! Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can clarify further!





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