You’re going to see some very cheesy, ridiculous photos of me posing in front of a mirror in this post. But I had to do it. I just had to.
There are certain companies that are very generous to bloggers- and Chobani is one of them. I wasn’t all that familiar with Chobani before I went to the Blend Retreat, of which they were a sponsor. They certainly treated us attendees very well, and have continued to share the love ever since! Not only have they kept me stocked with delicious (plain!!) Greek yogurt, but they have also contributed to my ever-fashionable wardrobe, about 90% of which consists of gym clothes. They were kind enough to send me some of their sweet Nike Olympic gear yesterday, which was such a nice surprise to find on my doorstep!
I immediately tried on the pants and shirts.
They fit like a glove! How’d you know my size, Chobani?
The black shirt is super comfy!
Thanks for the love, Chobani- I’m a happy camper.
And a tired one, apparently.
Okay. So the rest of this post is going to be rant-esque (that’s why I had to start with something happy!). As you know, I teach several group exercise classes including Spinning and Bodypump. I teach at two different branches of the same health club, both of which are in the same town. Oddly enough, the vibe is completely different at both gyms. One is great, the other is just… weird. And I’ve come across people and behaviors that are a little shocking.
I don’t want to sound like a whiner or complainer, but feel the need to get it out there. There are certain things that people do that drive us group ex. instructors crazy. And I want to share them with you, just in case you are an offender.
This is a short list of inappropriate actions that I have witnessed in my four years of teaching group exercise classes- many of them more than once.
1. Arrive to class on time. It’s not that hard. Everyone else makes an effort to be there on time, and so should you. Especially in a class like Bodypump, where the equipment set-up takes time. When you arrive late, you disrupt the entire class.
2. Leave your cellphone in your purse, car, locker, whatever. You would be shocked at the number of people that I have seen texting during class- or even worse, actually answer the phone while class is going on! I understand that there may be a time when you are expecting an important phone call, and if that happens, kindly excuse yourself from the room and go talk in private. I actually had someone sit in the front row of my Spinning class last week who took out her phone and texted the entire time. I’m not making this up.
3. Save your conversations for before/after class. I understand that you have friends in class with you. I have met many of my friends this way- and I think it’s great! However, when you are talking the entire time a class is in session, you are disturbing everyone around you. Voices carry- and if you hear the instructor turn the music up louder, maybe take that as a cue that you should shut it.
4. Don’t just do “your own thing.” If you are coming to a group exercise class, I would assume that you are there to do the workout. If you just want to do your own thing, please use the studio during another time of day when it’s empty. I see this mostly in my Spinning class- where someone is in their own little world, pedaling away and not listening to instruction. I even had one lady listen to her iPod the entire time while doing her own thing. Um, why are you here?
5. If the class is empty, don’t stand in the back. It drives me crazy when there aren’t many people in the class and everyone stands in the back of the room. It’s not like I’m not going to see you if no one is front of you. And it’s pretty awkward when there’s an entire 3/4 of the room between us.
6. Wait until the previous class is over to enter the exercise studio. It’s awesome that you’re really excited for your class to start. But if you arrive early and there’s another class going on, do not enter the studio until it’s done. Standing there staring at everyone with your hands on your hips isn’t going to make it end any earlier.
And now, here are some good things to do:
- If you like the class, or think that it was especially good or challenging- let your instructor know! We LOVE to hear that stuff.
- And on the opposite end, if there’s something that you didn’t like- also let us know! I definitely like to get feedback- good or bad- so that I can improve and make my classes that much better.
- If there’s something that you would like to do more of in class, or a certain song that really gets you pumped- tell your instructor! Most of the time, they’ll love the suggestions and use them! I have people give me song requests all the time- I love that!
- Challenge yourself- and remember why you came to class. It’s your instructor’s job to motivate you, but it’s your job to respond and give 100% effort!
- If you need help with something (like a specific exercise, for example), just ask! Your instructor will be more than happy to answer any questions after class.
- Group exercise is a great way to have fun while working out- and it also (in my opinion) makes the time fly. So, give in- and have fun!
Alright. Stepping off my soapbox now…
Are there any gym behaviors (even if they don’t have to do with group exercise) that you find inappropriate or just drive you crazy?