Wednesday, April 8, 2015

10 Things I've Learned About Being a Group Fitness Instructor

Your reactions to Wednesday's post about being introverted really got me thinking about my experience as a group fitness instructor. So much so, that I came up with 10 things that I've learned along the way. Here goes!

10. You have your regular personality and your instructor personality, and the two may be very different!

9. Your students can become your friends, and that's both wonderful and tricky. (More on this in a future post!)

8. You have TO DO a lot of laundry. A LOT.

7. You can dig deep and smile even on the toughest of days.

You can sometimes get sucked into the world of instructors - the clothes, trainings, meet-ups, conferences - but you always remember that at the end of the day, it's about our students' health journeys. (Again, more on this is another post!)

5. You end up being a listener, counselor, and adviser to countless people, without even realizing it.

4. You beat yourself up when you lack time or motivation to exercise or eat well, but ultimately remind yourself that nobody is perfect and you move on.

3. You stay on top of fitness trends and the latest workouts (even if it means trying weird workouts that leave you sore and confused...).

2. You have more ways to motivate a group of people than anyone else you know!

1. You know how to come up with energy you didn't think you had and sometimes work through injury and illness; be organized and have business savvy; and truly care about the people you work for and with. Being a group fitness instructor is a physical, mental, and emotional lifestyle... and you wouldn't have it any other way!