In the last article, we talked about when it may be time to find a new fitness class based on participants. In this article you should also consider finding a new fitness class depending on your interactions with instructors.
First off, as a general rule, most instructors are good. They have a passion for doing what they do, they study their craft, and they genuinely care about your fitness success and well-being. However, every so often you come across a certain type of instructor who either “rubs you the wrong way” – which is okay, people are different and respond to uniquely different personalities – or the teacher is one of “those” kind of teachers. What kind? Read on:
1. The chatterbox: So harsh to say, but for some people, this is just the case. This type of instructor tends to spend the first part of class telling all about him or herself and every minute detail of the weekend and you lose valuable fitness time. Or they may talk too much during class and miss giving valuable cues or information about the routine. The worst kind pick out a few favorite students and talk only to them before, during, and after class, leaving the rest of you feeling like you are watching your daily soaps on the treadmill instead of involved in a group exercise class. You want a personable, engaged instructor, but when they sacrifice safety, work out time, and continuity you may want to look for a new instructor.
2. The Wam Bam: This is the instructor that comes in, jumps right into a hardcore workout with very little warm-up, is cold and monotone in presentation, and leaves with little cool down. While the workout may be pretty kick butt, the after effect is one of some serious soreness a couple days later and a feeling of wanting more “love” from the instructor. This person has either lost the passion and just want to collect a paycheck or has forgotten how to be personal with his or her clients.
3. The breather: This poor instructor is a victim of not taking their own advice. They usually give a good class, are engaged, and connect with participants, but are not in the best shape possible to teach. They get so out of breath during the exercises (if they work along with you) or during the instruction that you cannot understand what they are saying anymore. It is worse when they have a wireless mic. It sounds like a bad late night phone call the entire class.
4. The bully: They exist, sad is it would seem. This is the instructor that doesn’t cue or correct, but just unmercifully points out your mistakes and rips you in front of the entire class. He or she is under the misconception that you signed up for bootcamp and desire to be humiliated for doing an exercise wrong or being off beat in front of a room full of your peers. Unless you actually did sign up for bootcamp, this instructor will smell the fear and make your life miserable in perpetuity. You may want to move on with another class.
Where to look in Cincinnati for some great classes at local clubs:
1. Cincinnati Sports Mall: Located near Hyde Park, this club has a large offering of group fitness classes, a spa, and pool facilities. If you have not tried group exercise in a pool, it is a great workout and gentle on the joints. To help you remove an obstacle, they offer child care on site.
2. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion : This place is Ohio’s First Medical Fitness Center. They offer yoga, pilates, bootcamp, strength, and spinning among others. You can surely find your match of classes here.
3. Mercy Healthplex : They boast three locations, but the one on the West Side offers Tai Chi, Line Dancing, and Pilates as some specialty classes. They strive to be a “wellness oasis”. Sounds enticing, huh?
If you have come across one of these type of instructors and needed to move to new classes, understand this is truly a rarity. Do not give up just because of one participant or instructor. Your health is way to important for a minor setback like this.