Fitness Instructor Pet Peeves: What Grinds YOUR Gears In Class?

Happy Friday to all!

First matter of business:  The winner of my free Luna Bar giveaway!

The winner is Jamie, who said:  “I learned that on March 20, 2012 there is going to be a LUNAFEST at Simmons College in Boston. What is LUNAFEST….. an evening celebrating women, film, and the stories that connect us all. LUNAFEST screens in over 150 cities across the U.S. and Canada and screens in front of 20,000 people – promoting women filmmakers, raising awareness for women’s issues and supporting nonprofits.”

Congratulations, Jamie!  Please email me at akaralekas@gmail.com for directions on how to claim your prize.

Next up….

Ten Fitness Instructor Pet Peeves

1.  Oglers
Luckily for me, the classes I teach do not have too much room for large audiences.  Just the two doors with a window in each.  I don’t mind at all when people peek in to see what kind of class is going on, watch for a few minutes, or just give a smile or wave.  It’s the creepsters that sketch me out.  You know, those guys in the weight room that for some reason seem in need a drink of water after every single rep they do just to get a glimpse into the group ex studio.  Not cool!

2.  Bad Form
I pride myself in always explaining the correct form for every exercise we do in class.  Knees over ankles, not toes.  Arms in line with shoulders.  How many times do I say butts down, abs in per class you think?!  There is ALWAYS… to no fail… ONE person that just thinks the form corrections do not apply to them.  And you know what?  It’s usually THAT person that is executing the moves incorrectly.  I’ll say chest over hips, and every single other person in class will adjust, while Bad Form Bob continues on leaning far too forward and hurting his back.  Yikes!

3.  Excessive Tardiness
Rushing into a class a few minutes late.  Hitting unexpected traffic.  We’ve all been there.  Being late happens.  What I categorize under this peeve are those repeat offenders.  Coming into class once the workout is well under way is  extremely distracting to other class members, especially if there is a lot of equipment to set up.  Also, for those that arrive late – you’ve missed the warmup which is extremely important for getting heart rate up slowly to prevent injury.

4.  Chatty Cathys
This actually might be deserving of the number 1 pet peeve.  I love the gym for many reasons, including the wonderful people I have met through my classes and in the community.  I look forward to chit-chatting before and after class and having a social vibe that allows me to share a smile (or groan) with my fellow gym friends during my workouts.  But for those that talk, giggle, and have an entire conversations throughout classes – you are not working hard enough!  This is also extremely distracting and annoying to those who are focused, concentrating, and working hard. 

5.  Cell Phones
Really?  Chatting away on the elliptical?  Taking a break from squats in my class to send a text message?  It’s just not cool.  Don’t you all get enough of your cell phone the rest of the day?  Unless you have an emergency, get off the phone!

6.  Stretch Skippers
Just like the warmup is important at the beginning, so is the cooldown and stretch at the end!  I understand that in my Thursday 6am class, some of you need to scoot early in order to make it to work on time.  Understandable.  Stretch in the shower.  But there are those that skip out on stretching every single time, regardless of what class or class time it is!  You are asking for injury!

7.  Stinkers
This one goes both ways.  People who don’t wear any deodorant at all and stink up class with their stench AND people who overdo it with cologne/perfume during gym time.  Both are gross and really not so fun to breathe in on the inhale part of class exercises. 

8.  Not So Good Listeners
I teach a lot of bootcamp and classes where we do a lot of stations, circuits, and across the floor routines.  Not everyone is always doing everything at the same time!  Sometimes it takes me a few minutes to run through my instructions before we get going.  There is nothing worse than a number 4 (chatty cathy) who doesn’t pay attention and then asks you to repeat the entire thing again.  Need a clarification?  Cool.  Want a complete re-explanation?  UGH!

9.  Skipping CDS
This one is probably my fault because I still rock CDs to class.  But HOW can my CD skip when I just made it in the same day as class!?

10.  Bad Attitudes
I don’t expect any of my class participants to be perfect.  Nobody is.  What I do expect is that everyone just come in with a smile on their face and a willingness to try!

Question of the Day:  What are your pet peeves, whether as a fellow fitness instructor or as a class participant?  What about the gym in general, although that’s a post for another day, simply grinds your gears?  Do share!

Have a great weekend everyone!  I will be taking another weekend hiatus as I’m off to NYC.  Catch you Monday with the first of four posts in an exciting new blog series I’m writing for the month of December.  See you then!

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8 thoughts on “Fitness Instructor Pet Peeves: What Grinds YOUR Gears In Class?

  1. I definitely agree with Jen on that one! I guess this can go under bad form or not listening but I hate when people are doing a completely different exercise than what you said haha.

  2. As a Zumba instructor, totally agree with all of this! I HATE when people are talking in the middle of my routines, it is so distracting, and I haven’t quite figured out how to handle it.. I don’t want to be rude and “shush” them, but I want to somehow get them to stop. AH! And so many people leave in my cool down song that is meant to stretch.. I always remind them how after such an intense work out, stretching is SO important. Do they listen? No. Sigh. Great post!

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