I appreciate all of the students who show up to my fitness classes. I assume that when they show up, they are there to get an amazing, sweaty workout and are willing to do whatever it takes to make the most of their one hour. It does take dedication and effort from both the students and the instructors to have an awesome class. There is a such thing as proper gym etiquette, so please follow these simple rules to make the class worth my time and your time.
- Show up on time. I make an effort to arrive at least 15 minutes before class to set up the music, meet my students, learn of any injuries and answer questions. Please try and get there early so I can know if you will need modifications during class. When a student walks in 15 minutes late, they not only disrupt the other students, but they also miss the warm up. Arriving on time is especially important during an indoor cycling class when setting up the bike properly is a must. If you are over five minutes late, please wait for the next class or work out on your own.
- Do not be shy. I always go around the room and ask if anyone has injuries. Please do not be afraid to raise your hand and tell me. You run the risk of getting more injured if I cannot show you modifications.
- Do not chat with your friends in the middle of class. You are at class to exercise, not socialize. It is fine if you want to chat before or after class, but please do not talk while you are in the middle of heavy squats or jumping jacks. I will be annoyed, as will the rest of the class.
- Leave your cell phones in your locker. Please do not check your Twitter or Facebook in the middle of my class. If someone is text messaging you, I am pretty sure they can wait a couple of minutes for you to respond. Let them know ahead of time that you are at the gym. I promise they will understand. If you are on a spin bike, please do not text and ride at the same time. Your form will be off and you will not burn as many calories.
- Do not listen to your own music during my class. Believe it or not, I have had students keep their headphones in during my indoor cycling class. I am not sure how they hear my cues or keep up with the beat of my music. I think my playlists are great, but if you have a problem with my music, let me know. I am happy to take music requests.
- Try your best. If you think you cannot do an exercise, ask me for a modification or try the same exercise without weights. Do not stand around while everyone else is moving. You came to my class to feel good, burn calories and sweat. This will not happen if you give up on yourself.
Remember why you took an hour out of your day to come to the gym. Please show your fitness instructors the same respect they would show you. And remember, if it’s doesn’t feel hard, it won’t make a difference!