fitness instructor update.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
i've been doing well so far. my intake was a bit higher than usual yesterday but nothing to worry about, especially since i worked out quite a bit extra yesterday. work outs have been great. knee is being a bit stiff but as long as i keep up on my PT i should be fine.
My gym is having a special this week so all of my classes are free.
Yesterday i ended up with 20 people in my kick boxing class! It was amazing. It's seriously the coolest feeling being up there in front of everyone and instructing the class. I felt so confident and well prepared and that made the class even more fun to teach. It was so amazing seeing all those people working out with me and everyone really seemed to enjoy it too- which is the best part. some people came up afterward and were really sad that my class won't be continuing (since i have to go back to school) i'm hoping this raised enough interest to get me a kick boxing class this summer.
I ended up with about 15 people in my yoga class tonight. That's the biggest class I've had for yoga. I had written the work out about an hour before class and was aiming for something somewhat easier since i knew i'd have beginners. The work out was a bit harder than i had anticipated but everyone did really well with it and even though it was a bit hard everyone said they loved the class and the challenge of the work out. I did however have two ladies who were a bit unhappy. this one lady who had never done yoga before and her friend who used to practice yoga when she was alot younger came up after class and decided to share some words of wisdom. first they were criticizing that i didn't cue breathing and then went on to criticize that i teach more of a power yoga than the hatha yoga they were expecting. i don't think it would have upset me so much but they acted like they knew more than me and that because i'm 20 i can't be a good teacher. they acted like i asked them for advice and that they were doing me such a favor and saving me from some unknown embarrassment. my opinion is- if you've never taught the class shut your mouth. especially for yoga. i really have no problem taking criticism and i guess the reason this bothers me so much is because they haven't really done yoga (they don't really know what they are talking about) and they have no idea what it's like to teach or write work outs that suit the needs of the class.
in my defense... i was cueing some of the breathing however there are just times where you don't cue breathing- especially in a beginner class. my class wasn't advertised as hatha, power or anything else. it was simply put as 'yoga'. my class is a combination of hatha and power yoga but leans more towards power yoga and i don't think there's anything wrong or anything to defend there. it is what is it- if you don't like it don't take the class...
both of them said they'd be back on thursday- which somewhat irritates me. My boss was talking to me about it and was pretty irritated too. she said she loves the way i teach the class and doesn't want me to change a thing. so i guess maybe i'll just explain at the beginning of the class that since it's a beginner class we don't focus on the different ways of breathing and that i will cue some of the important inhales/exhales.
anyway- I got an email back from the organizer of the work shop i was talking about possibly going to and i ended up getting a spot in it. I'm really excited. I really want to learn everything i can about teaching every kind of group fitness class. i'm so passionate about this.
i was thinking about eventually getting certified for yoga- but i'm having second thoughts. i'd much rather spend my time learning the cardio/toning class. I guess i'm just annoyed with how picky yoga people are and i'm not so sure i want to go down that road. but i guess only time will tell.
sorry this got alot longer than i had anticipated!