top 6 fitness instructor pet peeves.

by Janetha on January 31, 2013

in guest posts

hey! i am on the beach. while i am gone, i have a series of guest posts lined up from many of my fabulous blogging friends. enjoy!

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Hey there!

My name is Annette-and I feel super lucky to be posting on Janetha’s blog. I totally love her blog! And, I feel pretty cool that I’ve actually met Janetha a few times too.

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Now you know I am cool by default, yah? ;)

Anyways, while Janetha is out soaking up the sun, I’ll be here freezing my butt off.

Oh, and sharing some pet peeves I have as a fitness instructor with all of you.

You’re welcome.

{Real quick about me: I blog at EnjoyYourHealthyLife.com & also offer services through FitnessPerks, LLC via that site–coaching, plans, analyses & more. For my ‘real’ job– I am a full-time health coach by day, and a fitness instructor by morning & evening. I am obsessed with caramel, my husband, ice cream, reading, drinking spinach smoothies from my new blendtec, swimming, laughing, Swiss chocolate, and sleeping.}

Top 6 Pet Peeves of a Fitness Instructor

As someone who looooovvves teaching fitness (I teach anywhere from 8-11 classes per week, and I freaking love it! oh and I get to eat a lot because I do. Yesssss), there are some parts that are just annoying.

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I thought I’d share a few, ya know, since some of you might be instructors and some of you might go to classes.

1. When people won’t listen to the safety cues.

I teach BodyPUMP & it drives me NUTSO when I say certain cues to help people move safely & they totally ignore me. I really do want them to have a good workout and get results, please listen up!

Besides, why would we be talking otherwise?

2. When members just ‘do’ their own thing.

If you come into a group exercise class, you’d think you’d DO the class, right?!

I for reals have people who do their very own thing –on purpose– during the class–and I’m like what?!

I don’t care really, but it just is annoying & distracting. Go outside the class & do your jumping jacks there!

{This is different in Zumba–when I have new people in my class, they’re often doing their own thing, but not necessarily on purpose…. ;) }

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3. The members who set up RIGHT in front of me.

It’s unsafe if people can’t see me and we’re moving heavier bars or equipment.

Just give me a bit of space, mmmkay?

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{But then again, there’s the people who refuse to come even close to the front & all stand in the back. It’s okay, I was there many years ago too! hah}

4. When class members chat throughout & during the class.

I totally get talking between sets or exercises or songs, but throughout the whole class?

…..Pretty sure talking about your dinner plans or kid’s soccer game can wait just a fewwww more minutes.

And to be honest, you’re not working hard enough if you can have long conversations throughout a class. For example, when I coach GRIT, it’s so high in intensity, that hardly anyone says anything….they’re just trying to breathe & not die.

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5. Leaving early or coming late.

This one drives me bonkers. I totally GET that the gym is not people’s lives, but if you’re going to commit to going to a class, try to be on time & try to stay the whole time.

Of course I understand emergencies & rare situations of needing to leave early or coming late (hello horrible weather in UT these past 2 weeks!), but when it’s a regular occurrence, that drives me bananas.

6. When people don’t wear deodorant…….

Do I need to explain this one?

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But when it all comes down to it, I love what I do!!

I am pretty lucky in that I actually don’t see these things that often (except the ‘do your own thing’ <–seriously-what the?!), so I am grateful for the awesome people who come to all my classes.

And if you are newer to group exercise classes (yay!!), come a bit early & tell the instructor that you’re new –he/she should then help you with equipment & such.

NOTE: My life changed once I started going to group x classes, and then got even better once I began instructing. I am one lucky girl.

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*p.s. If you’re in the SLC area, come try out some classes–just let me know (BodyPUMP, CXWORX, GRIT, or Zumba)

**And wherever you are, connect with me on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, or my blog. YAY!

Well, have a GREAT day–and thanks Janetha, for having me! <3

Qs~

What are some of YOUR pet peeves if you’re a fitness instructor??

And if YOU attend classes, what are some things that YOU see in group exercise classes that drive you nuts??

What is YOUR favorite group exercise class ever??

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DonnaMarie January 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm

I noticed you said it bothers you when someone “does their own thing” during your class. Here is an example of what I experience at most classes …the instructor and class take frequent breaks during the class. My level of cardio is very high, and I dont need breaks. If I keep stopping my heart rate drops and I am used to a full 45-60minutes of cardio without a break. So when they take rests, I do jumping jacks or something else to keep my heart rate up. I know it probably bugs people but why should I ‘water down’ my workout so someone else doesnt feel threatened? Some of us are fitter and shouldnt have to tone it down to coddle fragile egos.

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Janetha January 26, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Hey, DonnaMarie! This was a guest post and so I don’t think the author will see your comment–just wanted to let you know since she wouldn’t be back here to reply! But her email is EnjoyYourHealthyLife@gmail.com if you want to reach out to her :)

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