Where do I start?
Let me preface this by stating that while I do have a group exercise certification and a spin certification, I in no way consider myself an expert in fitness. By doing things the right way (cleaning up my diet, getting enough sleep, moving my body, and lifting heavy things) as opposed to crazy diets and eliminating entire food groups, I have been successful at losing weight and maintaining an active and fit life. In spite of this, I know I can always learn more and get better. That’s why I continue to attend classes, be exposed to new things, and get out of my comfort zone.
With that said, I have a few things I’d like to get off my chest.
When I come into your establishment, don’t make assumptions based on how I look. Regardless of how it may appear, you don’t know where I am in my journey. I may have lost 100 pounds, but still have more to lose. I am coming here to get my fitness on. Just because I am not a size 2, don’t assume that I am clueless about fitness. Strike up a conversation, without condescension, and let’s chat about it.
When you start your group class, please do not use it as a platform to sell your latest multilevel marketing weight loss product. I don’t care how awesome you think the products are, I didn’t come to your Zumba class to hear about doTerra essential oils. I don’t care that next week you are trying the wrap crap and will let us know how it works. It doesn’t and I don’t care. I also did not come to hear about how much weight you have lost, are trying to lose, or what you are doing next weekend. These are not things I need to know to get my calorie burn going. These are not class announcements. I’m excited you are excited about yourself and have confidence. Please stop looking at yourself in the mirror during class, however. It’s not cute, and it appears that you are here solely for yourself. You’re not. As a teacher, you are here for your clients.
I’m all for motivational “rah-rah” speeches about changing our lives (I live for the fist pumping, heart surging stuff!) but please don’t tell me how I can look just like you on the bike, that I can be as good as you are. I’m working on my own awesome. You’re awesome, I’m awesome, but we are awesome in our own way. I don’t want to be you. Imma be me.
Please don’t put down your fellow instructors. All instructors have their own way of doing things. When you put your co-worker down, it makes you and your establishment look unprofessional. Just don’t.
Front desk staff, you are the first thing people see when entering. Do you think it really spells h-e-a-l-t-h when I see you sipping a bottle of soda as you sign me in? What the heck!? Even if you drink soda on your own time and you have no interest in health but are just doing your j.o.b., please for the love of all that is good – stop drinking it on the clock at the gym!
Stop complaining about how busy you are this time of year. Encourage those resolution makers! They are trying! Maybe this year if they don’t get grief from you, they just might gain the confidence to keep coming!
I do like your price point, and will continue to come to use your awesome dark cardio treadmills (I LOVE running in the dark! Who knew!? You can pretend no one is in there with you, get in and get it done when it’s too cold or blazing hot out!) and I will come to your spin classes. I’ll be checking things out, but you have confirmed why I love my online workout program so much!
Reluctant Gym Member
Got any gym pet peeves? What drives you bonkers about the gym?
I am not paid to promote DB4L, I’m just a client who really digs the program! If you want more info, here’s the link and you can check it out for yourself!