The EDIP principle is a useful teaching method for personal trainers, PE teachers, and sports coaches to teach skills, drills and exercises to their clients.
E - Explanation
Explain to the client clearly before the start of the exercise on some of its background information, the pros and cons if any and some brief instructions and requirements. Keep it short and simple so as not to confuse or distract the client. Continue to explain as you carry on to the demonstration.
D - Demonstrate
Demonstrate the exercise slowly and in good form to the client. Make sure that the client can easily see and hear you. Avoid long explanations and pauses during the demonstration so that the client can focus on observing the entire movement.
I - Imitate
Get the client to imitate the exercise by mirroring and copying, so that the client can better understand its execution. Break down the exercise into several sequences for easier learning if necessary. Give necessary feedback to correct the execution.
P - Practice
Get the client to practice the exercise till a reasonable form is achieved before advancing to the exercise proper. Note that it would not be reasonable to demand a high level of execution at this stage as this would take more practice and time. Continue to give corrective and affirming feedback to encourage the client to practice the exercise in good form.
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