As class numbers begin picking up in the fall, you may find you have more beginners in your classes. This, along with the beginning of the new year, is a great time to offer beginner classes. I consider a beginner class one that is for first-time riders who are usually less fit, or riders who might have taken a class a long time ago and are uncomfortable with going into a regular class right away.
If it’s taught properly, there usually isn’t any need for them to come back to this beginner’s class, and they should be able to go directly into most classes after that lesson. You will be giving them the necessary tools so they will know how to gauge their intensity in the future and modify what the instructor is asking.
How often you offer a beginner class depends on the situation in your club or studio. If you have frequent new students, then you may want to offer it weekly; if they aren’t as frequent, then monthly or semi-monthly is sufficient.