(Closed) rant about fitness classes

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

This is exactly why I spin! You can work at your own pace and intensity. My favorite teacher (who happens to be my boss from 8-5) always says, “This is your ride! I’m just here to make suggestions!” I am in such better shape than before I started and I only kill myself in class if I want to!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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marjojo:  I just wanted to chime in and say I completely agree with your rant on instructors! The only fitness class I will go to is yoga for that very reason.  I hear horror stories of people puking during a fitness class because they are pushing so hard, why??? I don’t like personal trainers for the same reason, but I understand that they really do care about clients and think about what is best for the individual client. I just don’t want anyone telling me how hard I should work. I feel for you!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I personally love classes that kick your ass, it’s the whole point! Especially if it’s your first time, it will get easier if you keep it up. I don’t enjoy the traditional circuit stuff though- Pilates, barre!, power yoga are my favorites. I love classes and drill sargeant instructors and really pushing myself. That’s how change happens (or so they yell at me in barre when I’m ready to keel over). And with modifications- you should always explain injuries and let them give you options, that’s their job, nothing to be embarrassed about. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I definitely think it all just comes down to taste. I am like you–I do NOT want to be yelled at or “yelled” at or motivated or whatever. It just makes me feel crappy and want to go home!!

But fortunately, there are people who like that stuff, and people who don’t, and activities for both sets of people!

You might try yoga or Zumba. Or just try weightlifting–maybe get a personal trainer for a few sessions. Or what about running? Then it’s just you, your music/podcast/whatever, and the road!

Also, I sometimes deal with wrist pain from ganglion cysts, and I sometimes can’t do a lot of the movements that you mentioned. A lot of them you can modify either by going on your forearms or staying up on your fingertips so that your wrist doesn’t actually bend. Not sure if that would work for you, but I thought I’d share!

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I’m not really sure why you wouldn’t tell the instructor before class begins if you’re going to require modifications? A fitness instructor isn’t a mind reader. I get where you’re coming from, because I also have limitations, but I never feel like I don’t belong just because I have to do something a little differently.

Not all fitness instructors are created equal, not all activities are going to be something you like. Sometimes you have to search around.

And as for it not being enjoyable if you’re not in shape? The whole point is that it’s supposed to be hard. That’s what gets you into better shape. If you don’t enjoy the act of pushing yourself, you’re not alone, but the fact is that a good fitness class will be designed to push you.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

Also, I recommend swimming. You go at your own pace, and it’s non-weight bearing so it’s great for any kind of injury.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Did you ever do physio for your wrist injury? It might be too late now – but you ought to be able to strengthen it at least a bit with supervised exercise and stretching.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

“But when I can only do 2 of the class’s activities without any modifications, it starts to feel like I’m not welcome in the class” It’s not about not being welcome, it’s about whether that class really suits you with your injury. I would suggest trying other classes until you find one you like more. But I do wonder whether you were feeling a bit sensitive, especially on your first time back. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

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marjojo:  I know how you feel. I feel like a complete fool when I take classes which is why I never go because I have no one to go with and it seems like there is already a group that the instructorsknow. You can definitely tell who has been going for a wwhile. They always tell you to take breaks if you need but it just seem hard. I am all about proper form so when they say do this and I don’t know what I am doing I feel stupid. I just don’t bother.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

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marjojo:  Time permitting a good instructor will take the time to wander around to participants before the class and discreetly ask whether they have any injuries they should know about for exactly the reasons you mentioned…. lots of people in the gym are self concious for all different sorts of reasons. I hope this doesn’t put you off the class altogether

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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marjojo:  that sucks! 🙁 

all I can tell you is the reason those instructors know the group of ladies who go is because they are there every week. If you go five more times, you will be one of those ladies, and part of that group! Hang in there on the two classes you CAN go to, and see if you can call in advance regarding the wrist issues; talking to the instructor over the phone may be slightly less body shame inducing?

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Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have a really hard time find something suitable.  I need someone to hold me back, not push me.  I like to exercise, but I have to stick with the easier end of moderate exersion or else I can have major issues.  There is so little out there, especially as what’s moderate to me changes based on so many factors.

I have found that many places will let you just watch a class if you ask.  I have found that to be useful, there are some things I was interested in, but I probably would have had serious health issues afterwards as after watching the whole thing I realized while each part looked ok, overall it would have been too much.

Asking to observe also gives you the opportunity to discuss any injuries or other concerns you have way in advance, and you may also see how something like this is handled in the class when it isn’t personal to you.

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