PLT4M offers a wide range of programs and features. The way in which you implement PLT4M in the classroom or weight room depends upon your style of teaching, and which features in PLT4M are most valuable to you. Let’s explore your options.
Through PLT4M, you have access to to these basic components:
- Fitness Programs which include Full Lesson Plans
- Guided Instruction (Demonstration videos)
- Workout Logs (ability to track student activity & test results)
- Data Tracking & Reporting (i.e. run progress reports)
For some, simply accessing the lesson plans and guided instruction serves their classroom best. For others, the accountability components, such as viewing workout timestamps, is most important. Let’s take a look at the different ways PLT4M can be implemented into your session based on which components are most valuable to you.
PLT4M as a Lesson Plan
Priority Needs: You’re looking for a curriculum to follow. You plan to provide your own movement instruction and class execution, but would like a structured lesson plan to follow.
If the curriculum aspect is most valuable to you, in other words, you like the progressions and the way we teach movement in the PLT4M programs, then perhaps PLT4M just serves as your lesson plan. Teachers can log into PLT4M to access lesson plans, review video demonstration, and use these materials to prep for class.
PLT4M as Lesson Plan + Guided Instruction
Priority Needs: You’re looking for a curriculum and lesson plans to follow and you’d also like to share video movement instruction with your students.
If the programs and content (demo videos) are of value to you, it is not necessary to have all of your students access workouts through their individual accounts. In this instance, you would display the workouts and videos on a projector or TV in the classroom (if this is available), and use it as a lesson plan with guided instruction. Leaning on PLT4M to provide guided instruction within your class, frees you up to assess and provide 1:1 feedback to your students.
An example of what this might look like:
- Review the first video in the lesson as a group, use PLT4M's written coaching/talking points to review the movement, and address any questions.
- The class then breaks away to complete the prescribed sets/reps for that movement. This is your time to observe, teach, and coach!
- Class reconvenes as a group and moves onto next movement/video.
- Repeat until the lesson is complete.
PLT4M as Lesson Plan + Guided Instruction + Data Entry
Priority Needs: You’re looking for a curriculum which includes structured lesson plans and guided video instruction to help run your class. While you’d prefer not to have students using individual devices during class, the ability to track fitness metrics is important to you; you want your students to be able to see the progress they’re making.
If you value the curriculum, demo videos, and would also like to track test results in PLT4M, but don't necessarily want your students using devices during class, this scenario may work for you. In this example, you're teaching the lessons in the same format as above, but you or your students are logging results in PLT4M, at the end of class. This use case requires that students have their own accounts. The students aren't using devices to access the workouts, you are still leading them through the lessons in an instructor led format, but students are required to enter data (or you can enter data on their behalf) at the end of class for things like finisher scores, or any other fitness tests that appeared in the lesson that day.
PLT4M as Lesson Plan + Guided Instruction + Workout Log + Data Entry
Priority Needs: The whole nine yards! You’re looking for a curriculum to follow which includes guided lesson plans. You plan to assign the lessons to your students through PLT4M to they can access their workouts + movement instruction through their own devices. Students can log their workouts through PLT4M providing you with advanced insights into their training.
If the data component (viewing activity, logging scores, tracking progress) is important to you, then we’d recommend inviting your students to create individual PLT4M accounts. In this instance, you'd have your students access their assigned workouts during class time, and have them log their workout completion. You can choose to guide your students through the lessons as a class, or allow them to follow along individually via their devices. Some teachers enjoy this approach because it frees them up to act as a "float" in class, assessing and coaching/teaching their students, as needed. It also allows you to assign different programs to your students based on their varying abilities. This model gives students more autonomy in their training, inspiring them to own their own progress. Having students access and log their workouts during class also provides you with increased data and activity insights.
What is the best approach for you?
Our goal is to be your partner in fitness education! Determine which components of PLT4M are going to elevate your class or weight room session. Is it movement instruction? Is it tracking progress? It’s okay to start small and layer on more components as you and your students get more comfortable with PLT4M.