How often do you introduce complete silence into your class?

Exhibit 13 -( Blue Man Group 8:50) is a 9/11 tribute. The first 4 minutes are quite somber, fading out for over 30 seconds of silence. What follows sounds connected, but very different in the emotion it communicates, building to a very intense finish.

I have found this song works very well at the end of a 90 minute class. Everyone is tired and during the first four minutes I will use the music to describe the pain and fatigue you feel at the end of a long climb or race. As the music tapers off I ask my class to lift their heads only to see that they have fallen off the back; no more sounds from the group we were with. During the silence I ask everyone to reconnect with why they are here today and decide if you are OK being dropped.   The second half begins a sort of "re-birth" where everyone can find the energy to fight their way back, and not content to just reconnect, attack the finish.

This video only includes the front half of the song.

John
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