Thursday, March 21, 2013
OK, gotta start with yesterday, which was AWESOME.
Hiked 7.3 miles. Came home for three hours then went to Women Run Arkansas. Did another 3.5 miles which included 3-minute running intervals.
Over 30,000 steps yesterday! GREAT DAY! Felt strong, fit and accomplished!! Ate within my calorie range.
This morning we went to our usual PowerPump class. The instructor was a 22-ish-year-old recent college graduate with a degree in exercise physiology.
And she was kicking butt and taking names! And not in a good way.
We've been in this class for over a year. The former instructor, the one I dubbed "fitness nazi" became less so as I became more fit. AND, her exercises were adaptable by ANYONE -- just change the weights. I was proud that over the course of the year the 3-pound weights became 4, 5, 6 and even 7 pound weights depending on the exercise.
This new instructor has us doing things that MANY of us regulars can't even BEGIN to do. I can't even explain the moves, many of which couldn't even be adapted. I found myself just doing NOTHING because the exercise wasn't possible for me to do after 1-2 reps (when she was asking for 32) and there wasn't an adaptation. It was so awful I finally put away all of my equipment and left the class. I was NOT the only one.
Here's the thing that sticks in my craw: it doesn't take ANY TALENT to to be better than your students. I was a teacher for 25+ years. It doesn't take ANY TALENT to create an assignment, test, or exercise that will make every student FAIL. "Let's start the semester with chapter 15!" "Let's start our grammar class with gerunds instead of nouns!" Yes, it's easy to make people FAIL.
But of course, GOOD teaching is NOT about making people fail. It's about making them SUCCESSFUL! Good teaching is always about making people do more and better than they did before. You take them from where they are -- and move them forward in a measured, attainable way.
I digress. Back to the workout. TC stayed -- he always does. He was modifying like crazy, to the point he wasn't getting much of a workout, but he told me later, "I won't let her run me out of the class." My feeling is, I'm not going to stay in a class where I'm obviously NOT welcome and not the intended audience. As far as I could see, there were only two people (both in their 20s) who completed the workout withh NO modifications.
So I'm in a funk. Do you think I should contact the person in charge? If nothing changes, I am either (a) not going back or (b) going to TOTALLY modify. If she does something I can't even begin to do, I'll just ignore her instructions and do bicep curls.
I know I'm just mad. But I've been in the class WAY longer than she and I'm SOOOOOOOOOO not impressed that she's impressed with herself. I'm 58, she's 21. The vast majority of the class is 30+. Lots of us are 50+>
I bought my reward today, and I'm happy about it, but I just can't get out of my funk about the workout today. Witness: the class was over at 9:45 this morning and I'm blogging about it at 5:35 pm.
I need to move on!
I'll tell you about my reward tomorrow~!