Every 3 months we, as Les Mills instructors launch new releases, meaning we learn a whole new class with new moves and new awesome music. This isn’t easy especially when you have 4 programs to learn. I launch BodyPump 95, BodyCombat 65, BodyFlow 70 and RPM 68 all next week. Do I know them yet?
Ummm. No. So for me, it’s literally crunch time.
The week before launch is always a little harder. Lots of new choreography is floating around my head that it’s hard to focus on the old stuff I’m currently teaching. I’ve been teaching these programs for a while. So, I’ve gotten good at learning the new moves quickly. This is partly because from the moment I get the new stuff, I’m constantly listening to it. In the car, on runs, during naptime (in fact right now I’m watching the new BodyCombat as I write this). But why do I wait so long! It only adds some pressure and makes me work a little harder to ensure I can (and will) deliver a great class.
So my classes are at the fore front of my brain right now, I’ve wanted to write a post like this for a while. Here are a few observations about group fitness participants that I’ve gathered from my 10+ years as an instructor:
- The studio fills up in a particular pattern. Always, never fails. People will fill the back of the room first. Then second, the sides of the room will fill. And depending on the size of the room and class participants, there will be a giant hole in the middle front of the room. I like to point it out when it happens as a joke. I’ll do a few jumping jacks or cartwheels and say “Hey! There’s still room to workout here! I did shower today and I’m not gonna bite.” It usually works to get a laugh and some might come front a center.
- In general, there are two kinds of people in class. Those that want to disappear in the crowd and those that want to be acknowledged.
- Likely those that fill up the back and sides of the room want to disappear. And that’s ok. But know that I can still see you and I will acknowledge your hard work without singling you out. And I will challenge the whole room when my disappearing folks need a little push.
- You want to be commended for your effort in class, you’re likely up front and center where we can see you. And I certainly will learn your name and give you praise but I’ll also give you personal challenges when I know you can push more. I might stare just at you and say “it’s you and me girl to the end. Don’t you dare quit.” Eye contact is a major motivator.
- I know when you’re feeling the workout and working hard. And more importantly, I can tell when you may be able push a little harder.
- You come to classes for a good workout. The people around you should motivate you. So good for you when you’re on and feeling great. Because I always say “struggle will lead to strength.” “Work gives results.” “Challenge will create the change.”
- There might be days where you’re just off and we can tell. You won’t make eye contact. Sometimes the entire class is like this. No one will make eye contact. And usually that’s when I make a joke…. “Hey guys, you still there? I can’t see anyone’s’ eyes.” You don’t have to be “on” every day. Everyone has “off” days.
- Here’s a pet peeve of mine. I love it when you come to a class with a friend. You feel more comfortable out of your comfort zone with a familiar face by your side. But please don’t chit chat, giggle or even give each other strange looks during class. It’s distracting and honestly, disrespectful of me and the others trying their best in their workout.
- There is a place for you in group fitness regardless of who you are. I’ve taught to thousands and thousands of people. If you’re new to the gym, group fitness is for you. If you have a specific fitness goal, the right class can help you achieve that goal. If you’re having a bad day, you’re one class away from a good mood. We, as instructors, work very hard to ensure your classes are fun, effective and worth your time.