Evening all! How is your Wednesday going? Well mine was actually pretty good- I had a great day of teaching math rotations, science experiments (chocolate was involved!) and all the other stuff we try to shove into an already jam packed day. I also had (my last!) staff meeting this afternoon. And unfortunately I’m still finding them a dragggggggggg. After the staff meeting I haul-assed to the staff room to shovel some pb + ab, chia seeds & banana sliced whole grain toast into my mouth before heading off to a nearby gym to fill a Body Step class. It was a great class, with one very enthusiastic participant up the front (ha!) and with plenty of positive feedback after the class. Unfortunately there were some technicality difficulties with the sound system and at times it sounded like a dying whale- it wasn’t pretty. Thankfully, it wasn’t constant and more was an ‘in and out’ kind of deal.
Anyways, the class tonight had a few characters in it and it got me thinking what is an instructor’s ‘ideal’ participant. Of course, it’s going to be different for every instructor but I thought I’d list a few do’s and don’t's for my ideal participant.
- Yelp, woohoo, sing and participate in the noise making- I love getting something back and it really adds to the atmosphere.
- Smile! It’s amazing how much more comfortable you’ll make your instructor feel.
- Listen to the safety precautions- I say and do them for a reason. Yes, I could continue with two risers also- but I don’t because it’s unsafe and that’s how the program is written (GRRR rant!) haha.
- Come up and speak to me after or before the class. I love feedback, good and bad- come at me!
- Have fun and work hard!
- Laugh at my lame jokes
- Pre-cue with the instructor. Oh my lord, probably one of the most annoying things.
- Change the choreography in an un-safe way. Sometimes other members will copy you and this increases the risk of injury! Plus I’m not there instructing for nothing!
- Frown- it scares me! Haha, but seriously it’s quite intimidating when someone is scowling and you’re like- is it me?! Ps. Most of the time it isn’t and when you actually speak to the person outside of the class there whole persona and your judgement of them changes.
- Ignore my safety cues! Take your risers down lady!!!!! Haha
- Give up! It’s terribly insulting when you leave half way through. Stick with it and you’ll also feel awesome afterwards.
Anyways, hopefully you read this not in a whiney/whingey tone but more in a light hearted manner, as it was intended. If you feel like turning the tables a little bit why not read about, what makes a good instructor?
Do you do any of the above? For the instructor’s out there- what’s your ideal participant like?