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PAPAMIKIE
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9/22/12 7:57 A

I would talk to the instructor, at this point we would be making guesses as to why she corrected you. Perhaps you have been there long enough she thought it was time to make some refinements, perhaps she thought your were fat and should be picked on so you would get out of her class and not return. You see there is a range of options and you and we just do not know. Speak to her and find out what she was about.

If you assess she was trying to be helpful to you and others and give her some ways to help that work better for you, if you decide she was just picking on you well that is something else.

Just my two cents.



SLYSAM
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9/21/12 1:45 P

Well, I actually like it is I am corrected assuming it is constructive. I think some instructors will actually wait until you have been coming to class for a while because they don't want to chase newbies off, want to see if you are someone who can handle it, want to see if you are going to stick with it, etc before they correct you. Also, I notice when I use to wear baggy clothes exercising I rarely would be corrected, but after I started wearing more form fitting exercise clothes I started receiving more correction. But for most activity, your benefits will be much better if your form is good. If an instructor is bullying you, go to another class. But if it is constructive correction, make use as it may improve your benefits.

ETA: That was in regards to the actual instructor of that class correcting you not a participant. While sometimes a participant may be helpful and correct in the suggestion so I would consider it. But sometimes they may be wrong, even if they are another teacher. I was once in a dance workshop that was attended by some people who teach (not my teachers) in other towns and one of these teacher-participants corrected me on a movement the instructor was teaching. Well, her correction was incorrect and I was already doing it fine as to the actual movement being taught--the instructor then came around and corrected both of us that we were doing the wrong thing!

Edited by: SLYSAM at: 9/21/2012 (13:52)


MARAJAKE
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9/21/12 1:33 P

Sometimes I think that my fitness instructor singles people out with no rhyme or reason, and other times she seems to zero in on the most and /or least fit to motivate them to push themselves. It doesn't bother me at all when she points out that I'm not giving it my all. I'd rather get the full benefit of the workout than to dial it in.



MLAN613
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9/21/12 8:45 A

I had an instructor call me out on something in front of the class. I thing I had some dumbbells in the way. Let's just say I never attended another one of her classes.

I don't mind an instructor correcting form, especially if I am doing something that can cause harm, or asking me to move something. However, it should NEVER be declared publicly in front of the class.

Personally, if I were the instructor and thought you could try pushing yourself a little more, which is perhaps what she was getting at, I would have chatted after class. I would never adjust a bike like that. Ever.



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9/21/12 12:15 A

I have never taken a class like that.

However- maybe she is correcting you because she shes you have potential.

I used to teach and I would try to be fair to all of my kids. Sometimes the worst kids I would just see that they did not have the will to want to do good. But the ones that we not struggling as much? Those were the ones that I would correct more often. I just saw more potential in them for success.

just a thought!



GAILSTANFORD
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9/21/12 12:06 A

I have never taken a class like that.

However- maybe she is correcting you because she shes you have potential.

I used to teach and I would try to be fair to all of my kids. Sometimes the worst kids I would just see that they did not have the will to want to do good. But the ones that we not struggling as much? Those were the ones that I would correct more often. I just saw more potential in them for success.

just a thought!



ZORBS13
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9/20/12 1:17 P

once the instructor (who I knew very well) singled me out in a bad way...just happened that a bunch of bad stuff had happened to me that morning before class.

I let her have an earful after class.



JEHANLEY
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9/20/12 1:12 P

That's so wrong! I can't believe the instructor/participant would move your tension up. Once I've had an instructor telling me to add tension because I was bouncing too much during sprints, I wasn't thrilled about it but she was right that I needed it. I will just talk to her next time, if its a consistent problem with my form maybe she can help me fix it before or after class.

I generally don't like it when people get called out in classes because I would never want anyone to feel so embarrassed they wouldn't come back. I prefer the lets remind everyone of the proper form and not talk about one person's pushup or crunches or spin form, unless it is bordering on possible injury bad.



OBIESMOM2
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9/20/12 12:47 P

I was taking a spin class once and one of the instructors was in the class AS A PARTICIPANT...not teaching. During class, she got off of her bike to go to the bathroom and as she passed my bike, she adjusted the tension up a couple of turns. Man! That really ticked me off. I never took any of her classes (she's no longer at the gym now).

the only other time I've been singled out is in boot camp classes, which is kind of expected in those.

would you feel comfortable bringing it to the attention of the instructor? If it's non-accusatory it's usually taken well. Something like, "I appreciate the attention to my form, but I feel a bit self-conscious. I'd prefer an overall proper form reminder to the entire class."



JEHANLEY
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9/20/12 12:30 P

I go to spinning on a pretty regular basis (about once a week for the past 3 months) and for some reason the instructor (who I've had before) kept correcting my form today. I know my form isn't perfect and I actually do appreciate her fixing it but I also think that some of the other people in my class had dangerously poor form (straight locked elbows, hunched backs, white knuckles and practically lying across the handlebars in position 3) and she said nothing to them. The consistent attention for 60 minutes was also mildly embarrassing.

I was definitely the biggest girl in class today and I'm wondering if her fixation today on how I was doing was related to my size. Has anyone had a similar experience in a spinning (or any other group fitness) class?



 
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