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oh! I've got two!
#1 in class, especially in a crowded class, find a number on the floor! They are there for a reason. If everyone stuck to a number, we could make the best use of the space. As soon as one person is off their number, we all end up having to move over and then fewer people can fit in the room.
#2 Don't bring all your crap into the studio. Your purse, coat, boots, extra shirts, keys etc below in a locker. How is this difficult? In a crowded class, I've seen the walls LINED with people's stuff. Keep it out!
Which reminds me of a third
#3 Keep your crap (see #2) off the studio floor. Some people bring random things to their place on the floor and spend the whole class tripping over it, kicking it around, and generally causing problems with it. Ok, bring a SMALL wipe up towel with you. If you know you need to drink often during a class, choose a spot toward the outside where you can sneak off to grab your bottle.
Alright, that's my venting. I'm not usually so grumpy, but it's really driving me crazy!
I agree with some of your points, however, I highly disagree with your number 1. In any class I've ever taken the instructor always asks the newbies to get to the front. There are many people who have taken classes for a long time and think they know what they are doing and sometimes they don't. I've seen people who've done Body Pump for years with terrible form. For a newbie to watch someone who may not be doing the excersice properly they could really hurt themselves.
Also, your point number 2. I don't feel its right to judge others on what they are wearing. I myself wear clothes that are not revealing and keep my muffin top covered, but if you're a bigger person as long as your clothes are clean I don't care what you look like, all the power to you to have the confidence to flaunt it!
Fitness Tips How Not To Be Annoying In Gym Class
Posted Mar 23 2009 11:52am
Where has the time gone? I've been on a bit of a hiatus with a badly strained muscle but I'm finally back at the gym in kickboxing and Zumba class. And while I was there this past week, it occurred to me that whether they mean to be or not, sometimes fellow group gym class members can be really annoying. So as a public service to gym class attendees everywhere, I'm offering some tips on how to peacefully co-exist with your fellow participants:
1. If You're New To The Class, Stay Out Of The First Row
I try to keep an open mind, but it's very distracting to the experienced members of the class to have someone brand new right up there on the front line. And besides, why put yourself under all that pressure?
The front row belongs to the most experienced, regular gym class attendees--they've earned that right and they service as leaders for those further back who can't always catch a glimpse of the instructor.
2. Please Wear Appropriate Workout Clothes
Nothing personal, but like Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry character once said "a man's (or a woman's) got to know their limitations. I know mine.
If you're fit, feel free to flaunt it; if you've still got work to do, please keep your muffin top to yourself and don't wear workout clothes that are designed for someone who really has six-pack abs. However, I do encourage you to keep striving for it!
3. Do Not Ever Take Someone's Spot When They Move To The Sidelines To Get A Drink
I've come close to committing an assault in kickboxing class myself for this offense. Hello? Did I just turn invisible? Was I not here in this spot the whole time except for my sip of Powerade Zero? Taking my spot mid-class is just downright rude!
4. Do Not Tailgate
Group exercise classes can get crowded, but if your foot is within six inches of mine when I kick in kickboxing, you are too darn close and I cannot be held accountable if you get kicked!
5. If You Drip, That's What The Towel Is For
Whether it's sweat from working your body hard, or you spilled some water when you rushed to take a sip during the class, if you dripped, wipe up your mess for goodness sake! I've seen some nasty spills from inconsiderate drippers and it's just not right to take out your fellow classmates that way.
See you in gym class if you dare :)
Got a tip on how not to be annoying in gym class too? Please comment with one of your own.
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