Today is a super exciting day for me, but I need your input. I get to go back to teaching my classes at the YMCA today after my medically induced absence. This is the last restriction that needed lifted before life basically goes back to normal, and I’m really happy to remove the last roadblock. Starting next week, I have even picked up another class that will have me teaching back to back on Tuesday nights-heads up, Jeff, I’m going to be a hangry monster those nights!
My question is this: what makes a good group fitness instructor? Jane Fonda is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about fitness instructors, but not in the good way. I’m never going to be that “Go for the burn!” teacher. The best instructors I’ve taken classes from are funny and self deprecating, in crazy good shape, or have good musical taste. But I could be a weirdo-I’m the girl who ate pepper salad every day for lunch for two years, after all. What makes you keep taking someone’s class? Is it the teacher, or is it the workout? Do you remember anything they said after you left the class? And conversely, tell me what makes you avoid a particular instructor? I had an instructor who seemed to use our cardio class as his own private dating hotline-he kept giving out his digits during class and complimenting the shapely ladies on their form. Gross!