So I really let it bother me on Tuesday when a client walked out of a FREE workshop that I was co-teaching. She simply got her stuff and left. Of course, that's her prerogative, but still I don't think I'd ever do that unless I was feeling ill or injured. It was a free Pilates circuit training class geared towards Butt & Thighs. And by free I mean that we were teaching it FREE of pay so they didn't have to pay extra for this special equipment class. When I walked over to make sure she was feeling ok, she simply said "yeah, this isn't my gig" and turned her back on me walking away. NICE! Do you think students realize that we do this for the love and not the money? That we might take hours on a spinning profile or Pilates workshop? That sometimes we don't get paid? That our bodies are tired and sore? That even if we feel like total garbage, we still smile, motivate and coach? *sigh* OK rant over. I just know that I wouldn't do that to an instructor. Furthermore, what makes this really upsetting, she's a supposedly certified Pilates instructor who happens to not teach it because she thinks that students just can't "get" Pilates. I guess that says it all.
On a good note, I taught the Classical Spin class again that I "borrowed" from a Pedal-On member (Dave). The class loved it, so much so that applause rang out at the end and each one stopped by to thank me and tell me how much they enjoyed it. This after a shaky start...our spin room stereo speakers were broken when I arrived, so we quickly dragged 12 bikes out on to the "turf" section of the facility where there is no control over the GLARING bright lights and weird sound system. I had a mic that kept falling off my tiny head (yes...those things just don't fit me no matter how much I adjust). We had a personal training and client throwing a medicine ball against a trampoline *thump* *thump* *thump* HOW RUDE. Yes...it was an adventure...but the music allowed them to focus, they forgot about the lights, noise, distractions, change of scenery and simply rode the heck out of this profile. I was proud of them. They range in age from 18 - 55+ and let me tell you, they worked hard and left with smiles on their faces. THAT makes it all worthwhile. So yeah, some of them do "get" it, they understand and appreciate. And that, my friends, is why I throw my gym bag in the car each and every day heading to a different gym.