Your fitness instructor should be your qualified and passionate guide for getting a great workout. Your fitness instructor shouldn’t be your therapist, best friend, or your boss.
If you think you’re at risk of getting on your instructor’s bad side, avoid these fitness faux pas. Compliment them on their class, thank them for a great workout, but avoid saying any of the following.
‘I need to lose weight faster’
This statement falls in line with telling your instructor that you need to make more money or spend more time with your kids; it’s not their responsibility. Your instructor wants you to reach your fitness goals and get good exercise, but they shouldn’t be held accountable for anything past ensuring you receive a safe, sufficient workout.
Reaching your weight loss goals depends on your balance of exercise, dieting, and even your genetic makeup. If you are seriously looking to drop the weight quickly, be accountable and go about it in a safe, healthy way.
‘I’m not seeing results from your classes’
The participants who say this have usually been attending class for a week or two. It’s crucial to have realistic expectations about how soon you’ll notice results regarding your weight loss.
Telling your instructor you aren’t seeing results is another way of shifting the blame when it comes to your progress. This will also likely offend your instructor. Remember that if you’re only sticking to one workout class, you likely won’t see great results. Switch up your workout to avoid hitting a weight-loss plateau.
‘I need to keep my phone on me’
The only time this is a valuable excuse is in the event of a potential emergency. If this is the case, grab your phone and leave the gym — you probably aren’t in a good mental state to prioritize your workout.
Texting or even glancing at your phone throughout the class will distract you and your fellow participants. It can even become dangerous to those around you if you choose glancing at your phone over watching what you should be doing.
‘Is it OK if I do my own thing?’
Good instructors will offer modifications for various exercises so that participants of all fitness levels can partake. However, if you’re choosing to do squats while the rest of the group holds a plank, why are you taking the class to begin with?
While going rogue may feel right in the moment, it’s distracting to the other participants. Instructors design their classes to help you make the most of the time through effective exercises in a certain order. Deviating from their predetermined plan will annoy the people around you and could be detrimental to your workout.
‘Can I skip the warm up and cool down?’
The answer will always be “no.” Instructors don’t include a warm up and cool down just for their health — they actually do it for yours. The Mayo Clinic stresses the importance of including both a warm up and cool down in your workout. Both can reduce your risk of injury and enhance your performance.
Jackie Dragone, director of FLEXBarre and FLEX Studios, agrees. She told Women’s Health that it aggravates her “When they [participants] leave a group class early and skip the cool-down stretch. Stretching is so important — and it’s disruptive to the rest of the class.”
‘Don’t make me bulk up’
Workout classes utilize free weights to help you tone and build strength. Participants often confuse these exercises as attempts to build up your muscles. Don’t worry — no one is going to leave strength class looking like the Hulk.
Strength and weight training have actually proved themselves as effective methods to help you lose weight. If you’re still concerned, try these great ways to get stronger while building lean muscle — not bulking up.
‘I don’t like this exercise’
Remember that your fitness instructor is a certified expert who has committed their time and efforts to helping you reach your goals. Sometimes you may not love their class or the exercises they choose, but it may be what the participant next to you has been looking forward to all week.
A bad attitude rarely generates good results. If you’re serious about committing to a healthier lifestyle, overcoming the exercises you don’t like or the diet that tests you is a small price to pay.