Yes, us Jazzercisers are pretty possessive of our regular spots. LOL! When I first started I stood in the back. Since I was going with a friend at the time who had already been going, that is where we were positioned. As time went on & my friend moved, and of course I'd miss some classes here & there, I lost my back row spot. At that point, I had to become flexible. I still find myself floating around the room at certain times because for some reason new students are drawn to my spot. I've learned to let it go and find a new spot. It might feel a bit awkward at first but after class begins I forget all about it.
So Jazzericse doesn't just help our muscles become more flexible, but helps us to become more flexible towards others.
I stay in the back just because I feel more comfortable back there but I also get there early just because me and my 12 yr old go together and I pick her up from school :) but I do love having enough room where I feel like I am getting a good workout .. I feel sometimes when someone is too close I can't work out as hard I want to
Fitness Minutes: (4,390) Posts: 15 8/13/13 10:40 A
So, this kind of happened to me last night. I was standing and waiting for class to start, and someone took up a spot strangely close to me. Once we started moving, the people on the floor adjusted so everyone had plenty of room ... and it was a fairly full class.
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Fitness Minutes: (20,637) Posts: 17,201 8/10/13 9:22 P
I don't consider it my spot, but if I get there early/on time and I am standing there then I consider it my spot. I wasn't rude to her, it caught me off-guard that she would stand right next to me since I had been there since she walked into the class. I like your suggestion about joking about spots.
I know people are very protective about their spots! I think it is so hard as a new person coming into an established class, trying to find a place to dance when you just don't know where the best place is. I try to put myself in their shoes, and make a lighthearted joke about how people love their spots while being welcoming. I think it is OK to help her find a more open spot as long as you do it with a smile and with the right attitude. I remember when I started Jazzercise, and accidentally stood in someone's regular "spot" - she was so nice about it, and I was happy to move to another spot.
On the other hand, I had a friend come to Jazzercise - she had been coming sporadically, but was thinking about joining. She attended a big class, and one of the regular customers was so rude to her about taking her "spot" that she left with such a negative impression of the Jazzercise atmosphere. None of us want that! I know of instructors who have had to remind the class that nobody "owns" their spots.
As to the other topic - children should not be permitted on the floor unless they are participating in class. It is a safety hazard. If the center allows parents to bring children, they should provide child care in a separate room away from the dance space. I'm not sure how, as a customer, you could make the instructor change policies there, but I agree with you that it isn't appropriate.
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Fitness Minutes: (20,637) Posts: 17,201 8/6/13 3:06 P
Been Jazzercising for over 5 years, one thing that bugs me is when people don't give enough space. Saturday I had a lady stand right next to me, she was new I said to her no one was in front of me and she could stand there. I am in the 3rd row from the front, she went up there but was not very happy about it. The row I am in is always the same, there are 4 of us and it give us just enough room for movement. She apparantly wasn't new to Jazzercise as she knew alot of the moves. Was I out of line to ask her to move?
My friend and I left another Instructor when she allowed kids in class and on the floor. She almost tripped over the child when we were doing a movement that you move up then back. Is it the instructor's job to make sure that everyone is reasonably spaced out. This day there were only 6 of us in class. The instructor was really insulting to my friend and told her she should have moved to another spot. We were there on time and this lady and her child came well into the 2nd song.
Just want to know how others handle these types of situations.
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