June 27, 2017

Confessions of a Group Fitness Instructor



+ We work harder than you can imagine to learn our content, add our own spin to it and perform with intensity for you each and every class. Sure we may be in shape, but bringing it each and every rep takes more effort than you can imagine.

+ When you leave during the abs/cooldown tracks we worry about you. Stretching out after an hour workout is SO IMPORTANT and when you duck out early we can only hope you stretch at home.

+ Like every workplace there is DRAMA and politics. Instructors can be divas and it can be exhausting.

+ All of us have had one of those uncomfortable digestive body moments when teaching.

+ If you have a question, critique or issue PLEASE COME TO US AT THE END OF CLASS. Nothing hurts worse than hearing second hand someone wasn't happy with your class. We teach FOR YOU, so if you need something or notice we are lacking something, please approach us directly.

+ Don't be scared if you are new, we've all be there and can spot you whether you raise your hand or not. We ask if anyone is new to help you, not embarrass you so if you can get to class early to introduce yourself to us and we promise your class will roll a lot smoother.

+ 99% of us get butterflies before each and every class.

+ Making a mistake, even a teeny blip can make us feel like we failed the class. WE HATE MISTAKES!

+ YES, we have a list of THOSE members. The ones who don't listen. Who show up late every class just because they are too cool to be on time. The ones who do their own exercises no matter what the class is doing. YES, we know who you are and YES we warn other instructors about you. #dontbethisperson

+ What we get paid to teach does not compensate the entirety of effort put into each class.

+ Our end goal is to get you healthier, so if you have a success story from class PLEASE share it.

+ You have no idea how much a "Great class" can mean, especially on our own tough days.

What do you want to know about teaching from a fitness instructor? Ask me!

14 comments:

Tracy said...

Every time I've taken a fitness class I've been like damn, is this instructor a robot?! How is he/she doing this?! I have my own brand of crazy fitness stuff but you're on a whole different level. You are a rockstar, my friend, and I hope all your members can see that (yes, even *those* ones).

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

it always floors me how an instructor can teach and talk through the class! I'd be sucking wind LOL

Melissa said...

I would never be able to do what you do! Seriously. I get nervous if I'm ever the center of attention...ever. Seriously. Also, I can't talk when I'm working out, so more power to you!!!

Kristin said...

The doing and the talking is insane. It looks easy but it's nearly impossible. I've taught only 3 or 4 classes (Turbokick) and it was harder than I'd ever imagined.

Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

You guys rock - I don't think I could be doing the moves while explaining and having a positive attitude to show that this is 'fun' and motivate others!

Rebecca Jo said...

I always was in awe of my instructors of all different fitness things. I can only imagine all the work put into it to teach.

Carly Blogs Here said...

I've only done a few group fitnesses classes, but it always stresses me out when people leave early, so I can only imagine how an instructor would feel.

Jen said...

I'm so impressed with your dedication as an instructor! It takes a special person to do that, you rock my friend!

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

So fun to read! I used to teach dance, so whenever I get to a group exercise class I ALWAYS make sure to thank them before I leave.

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

I agree, how instructors can talk and do what we're doing at the same time is amazing. I love when instructors are high energy and give you good work and then I think calling out people by name, like hey sally good work on those push ups, makes a person feel good.

Missy said...

Sometimes I just have to leave during abs, should I tell the instructor before class if I know I am going to leave? Thanks for all of this insight!

Kay R. said...

I have so much respect for fitness instructors. So much!

Nikki said...

This is spot on! I do have to say though if a member tells me before hand that they have to leave early it makes me feel that much better!

sara [at] journey of doing said...

I love hearing this from the other side!! One thing that makes me crazy is when people talk during class instead of paying attention. I feel like it's SO RUDE. Go in the hall if you need to have a conversation!

But I also have no patience for people who are like "YOU ARE IN MY SPOT." Be kind, people. Fitness classes shouldn't induce anxiety in new people.