Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Group fitness frustration

Y'all know how much I love BodyPump, right? So let me tell you a little story...

On Monday evening, I got my booty to the gym with plenty of time to attend the regularly-scheduled BodyPump class. When I walked through the door, I noticed there was a substitute teacher - notable, but not a big deal. It was someone I've taken (other) classes from in the past and therefore recognized, so, fine. I set up my station and got ready for class.

Matching your shoes to your weights is critical.... ha
Right before the class started, the teacher started talking. She stated that she was not a BodyPump teacher and had never been, and had only been called on to teach the class a few minutes before. She said we were going to do weight-lifting exercises to music, but not the normal BP moves, and not choreographed to music. She was going to do the best she could. 

Hmmmm. 

Immediately, people start looking at each other skeptically, murmuring and rolling their eyes. This is a class with a lot of regulars, and a very popular teacher. Perhaps not the best start for the sub...

What went on during the class was confusing, at best. The music was blaring, the microphone was way too low, and the moves were choppy and disorganized. The instructor was clearly uncomfortable and unprepared, through knowledgeable in weight lifting moves. I think she did do the best she could... But it was a far cry from the average BP class. 

As the class went on, several people packed up and left. Personally, I find that kind of rude. However, I also understand, because if you go into a class expecting a level of instruction and certain style of education, and receive something completely different, should you have to stay the whole time? 

I'm torn over what I should have done or what others should have during that hour. Personally, I'm pretty flexible. I enjoy the group class environment, no matter what's happening. I probably couldn't have gotten a similar workout on my own. But I know others could. 

Also, we did several moves that I've never done in a BP class. I'm sore In places that I've never been sore before! I was confused at the time, and I thought it was a bit dangerous due to the sub's inability or lack of explaination about several moves, but i know enough that I think I did everything correctly. The same could probably not be said for everyone else in class. 

Also, also - I burned more calories in that "class" than I usually do in BP, due to being in the "target heart rate" range more than usual in BP. Just a side note...
This includes 75 cal burned on the elliptical before class... but still
So my question is, what would you have done? This one threw me for a loop. Would you have stayed or left? How much is too much when your group exercise class does not match what you expected (or paid for)? I am very curious to hear from others who have experienced something irregular in a fitness class!

5 comments :

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

How crazy!!! I'm so torn as to what I would have done if this had happened to me. On the one hand, you're right, you should have the right to leave if it's not what you paid for (although I guess at least it's good that jn our gym you dont pay by the class), but on the other hand if it was clear the instructor was going the best she could and you learned some new moves, you can just chalk it up to a new, and hopefully not repeated, experience. In the end, I probably would have stayed like you.

Lisa C said...

I'm really surprised that your gym doesn't have BP instructors on call for back-up. Maybe this is a chance for you to audition to become a teacher ;)

S Ganeeban said...

I would have stuck it out. This has happened in spin class before. Like you mentioned, I would have felt rude leaving just because it wasn't the teacher you were accustomed too. I'm a creature of habit, but sometimes mixing it up is good. And it looks that way for you, since you burned more calories and are sore in different places than normal! Good for staying!! xoxo, ganeeban

Amy said...

I love Body Pump! I would have stayed, just because leaving in the middle of the class would have felt rude and awkward. Hopefully it won't happen again. Or maybe your gym could offer something like a free class in exchange for this one - it sounds from your post like you pay per class so maybe explaining the situation to the front desk and asking for a freebie would be appropriate?

Aileen Metcalf said...

I probably would have stayed, unless the instructor was being blatantly rude. I went to a free writing workshop once and the "instructor" talked for an hour and a half about herself, offered zero writing advice, and was severely condescending. Some people got up in the middle and left - AND she called them out on it. I stayed, but I regretted it lol. I think you did the right thing!