While I would hardly consider myself an expert in leading group fitness classes (give me another 20 years for that!), I have had the opportunity to teach quite a few fitness classes at various locations to a variety of people over the past 3.5 years or so.
Sometimes I feel like I am totally nailing it!
And other times I really just feel like nut…
So whether you are a class participant, never took a fitness class before, new group ex instructor, or a veteran in the field (advice welcomed!), here are my confessions to you:
I spend quite a bit of time on this fitness stuff!
From putting workouts together, to researching different exercises and techniques, to continued education, to buying and picking out workout outfits (apparently sweat pants and college T-shirts don’t really scream fitness professional)!
See, if Mick Jagger wasn’t wearing a sweat suit – this would look totally cool!
I like to workout alone sometimes.
Being in front of a whole class who expects you to lead them through a great workout that is tough, but not ridiculously challenging, that is safe, but not boring, that is fun, but also effective… all the while ensuring no one looks like they are going to die or kill you… can be exhausting! So, I defiantly appreciate the times when I can workout all by myself and not have to think about or worry about anything or anyone else.
Love it when you have the whole gym to yourself!
I am not perfect.
Unless someone is training (and training hard) for a particular event, it is highly unlikely and unreasonable for a person to be the perfect picture of health all the time. Yes, it is my job as a fitness professional to practice what I preach, but I believe health, like life, is a balance. Being obsessive to the point where life is all about perfection really is not my idea of healthy (or fun)!
When people tell me they liked my class, I keep it pretty cool, but really, it’s freakin’ great!
You are getting critiqued constantly when you are in front of a class. I usually try not to think too much about that and focus on giving a workout that people will take something away from, whether it is an exercise pointer or advice or just sore muscles! Nonetheless, you know people in your class have opinions, and I like to hear them, the good and the negative!
So often I will ask a class full of people a question and no one will answer. I get it, everyone is waiting for someone else to say something or people are just in that mode where they don’t want to think and just follow my lead, but those blank stares sometimes really make ya question what is going on in people’s heads! So, a little positive reinforcement goes a long way and shows me I am doing something right! And it definitely makes me want to do a happy dance!
Bec – Isn’t this your dance?
That being said, feel free to laugh at my jokes!
I know I am no comedian, most of us instructors are not, but it sure makes working out more fun to have a few laughs here and there! Sometimes people don’t laugh at my jokes, and seriously, I swear sometime they down right just didn’t hear them! They must not have, or else I am sure they would be cracking up! :)
But really, fitness should be fun! And if you ever take one of my classes and I tell a joke, you better at least fake laugh!
“Hey I just met you and this is crazy, but tomorrow is chest day, so spot me MAYBE?”
Told ya, I am hilarious.
It kind of bothers me when people don’t listen to me.
Call me crazy, or bossy, but it kind of irks me to have people take my class and not listen to me. I used to teach at a gym where I had a couple ladies who always came to class and always did their own version of what I was doing. Ooook?
Then there are some people who when you tell the class to get light weights (4-6 lbs) because I want to do high reps of a bunch of shoulder exercises, they think they are tough and grab 12 pounds dumb bells instead. I am all about challenging yourself , but when I cannot complete the circuit I had planned because some people’s form is so awful that they look like they are going to strain their back with a weight that is too heavy, it kind of bother me!
I’m bossy! I’m the first girl to scream on a track
I switched up the beat of the drum…
I get class ideas from Google.
Like writer’s block, sometimes I get instructor’s block! And the internet is an amazing tool. When I need some fresh ideas, I like to watch YouTube videos, read blogs, and google exercise ideas (I recently looked up yoga inspired strength moves and core fitness exercises for golfers).
Sometimes every idea in my head for a class just seems to suck, so when I need to really pull it together, I am grateful for other fitness pros who have paved the way with awesome ideas for classes and exercises!
Playing tennis with a Carol is the worst!
I don’t work out ALL the time and am not always full of energy.
Yes, I like working out, yes, I like to feel good and be healthy, yes, I try to keep the jiggle to a little, but if I didn’t HAVE to be at this crack-of-dawn class, I would probably still be sleeping under my nice, cozy covers! It is a blessing in disguise to have to teach early though, because while it does SUCK to wake up early, once your up it is totally worth it!
Got an extra 45 minutes on your hands? Google “funny animals sleeping”, so cute (and time consuming)!
If you are a Group Ex instructor, what are some of your confessions?
When working out, do you like it when the gym is empty or buzzing with people?
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