I have learned over time of being a PT and getting myself into a shape that I am happy that I know a lot of stuff in fitness. I am not trying to be big headed but the reason I know a lot of stuff is because I have experimented, been trained, read, looked into different workouts, follow lots of different people on instagram and I’m interested in knowing the best information out there. I don’t know everything, but I know enough to change my routine up and to advice others.
What prompted my writing for this post was some years ago having been to 2 new fitness classes at the gym I was using at the time. Sadly, even though this was initially 3 years ago, the case is still the same.
What made the class bad?
- The impression I got from the trainers was that they just wanted to show off their skills.
- The classes had really really really loud fast music that they shouted over the top of.
- The movements in the classes were all about DO IT FASTER FASTER FASTER.
- Both classes did not have many people in them.
Why is a bad class a problem?
Having found my self in ALOT of classes, I am pretty fussy. I have a key principle – ‘trainer over class’. I test lots of places out and look for recommendations that suit my needs. If I don’t like a trainer, I leave. I have walked out 5 minutes in to a class. I have left half way through. But what has made a class bad for me?
It could be a range of things, but the trainer vibe is key. If the trainer doesn’t try and say hello and doesn’t ask if you have any injuries or things they might need to know about, then I would be dubious. A personal trainer may run classes back to back and forget themselves, but if you turn up to class having not exercised for 5 years, the instructor should probably care. The personal trainer should not want to injure you or frighten you off.
If a trainer of a class is more worried about shouting at you and proving that they know more than you, then you have a problem. The trainer is supposed to know more than you! The trainer is there to show you and teach you. Any major ego’s, I’d not come back.
If I’m in a class where ‘faster’ and ‘harder’ are the motto, I’m in the wrong place. Why? Because even though cycling really fast might look cool in a spinning class, spinning at speed for 45 minutes won’t affect any change in my heart rate. It is more likely that just cycling faster and faster will give me an injury.
The reason I highlight all of these issues is that…you don’t have to stay in a class. Especially if you really aren’t enjoying it. I would go as far to say that it is better not to complete a bad class than continue and be put off for eternity.
Fitness class etiquette?
Why am I raising this? Because I’m pretty sure you may be sharing this experience in your gym – that actually the classes are pretty poor and ill informed (I’ve been told a lot of rubbish in class, one nugget – that you only need to stretch for 5 minutes – er WRONG!!!).
If there is a class that you feel you can’t leave and you didn’t like – tell the gym manager!
I have been SOOOO lucky to have been able to try out new places (after building a bit of courage). I have learned a lot from brilliant trainers @Blok mostly, but I have managed to try out @1Rebel, @Totalboxer, @F45 and continue to have many others on the list.
A frustration of mine is that most of the better gyms with great trainers are in the same areas – Chelsea and The City. I really want this to change! But, for now – get your butt down to new gyms and take a friend if your frightened. Don’t stick with what you think is good….it’s highly likely if your trainer plays the same playlist, you know the work out back to front and you can predict the next move – you are in the WRONG CLASS. Get OUT!