A few years ago I wrote a post about saying “thank you” after a trampoline fitness class my friend Cynthia and I took. The instructor absolutely kicked our butts, we were dripping in sweat, and positively exhausted, but never the less we got off the mat and said, “thank you”. And before you say anything, yes I know that’s how your supposed to feel after a truly great workout, but my point was that it felt like an odd time to say “thank you”.
Fast forward a few years later, and I’m not only still taking the trampoline classes, but I’m also an instructor (along with my friend Cynthia). I’ve been teaching at one location, and to be honest the people who attend those classes aren’t always willing to push themselves. Instead they complain, ask what an easier modification is, and how much longer there is in class. As a student, I totally get that. Classes can sometimes feel long, especially if you’re not 100% into working out at that moment. But as an instructor, hearing those words make you feel like you’re not doing a good job. It can feel as though the students are not interested in what you’re teaching them and can make you question if you need to make changes.
Then this morning something wonderful happened! I taught at another location, taught the same workout I did at the first location, and do you know what happened?? They loved it!! The students loved pushing themselves, reveled in the workout, walked off the mat and said, “thank you”! Now I’ve heard “thank you” before, but there were two students who have been taking the class since day 1 and are very particular in the exercises they like to do, so to hear that they liked the class means a lot!
So here I am. 2 years later and viewing these classes from the other side. Taking the classes is truly a different experience once you’ve been on both sides. It makes you appreciate the instructors more, and take class more seriously.
Moral of the story, I’m going to keep creating workouts that challenge the students, and try to block out the complaints. That is, after all, why they came to the class, right?!