Hello to all my readers out there and I hope you are sitting comfortably as we begin.
It’s been pretty much full steam ahead over the last few weeks as people are cramming themselves into classes to get fit before Christmas.
A quick mention to all the super tough exercisers who have been attending the Cardio40 Extreme every Sunday at The Studio at 10am. This class is not for the squeamish, but the C40 diehards have been turning out even in the coldest mornings to take part in this incredible fitness challenge.
Special hellos are also required this week to June and Lisa who have been attending Kettlercise for the last couple of weeks. I have to admit it was quite funny watching them struggle their way through my Zumba class the next night – they were so fatigued after the kettles class they could hardly sit down the next day.
But still they managed to find their way to my Zumba session to try and loosen off a little. Gold stars all round girls.
In other news, I have been contacted by Boxercise Ayrshire who have invited me to teach at a charity event they are holding on December 1 and 2. Organisers are hoping to raise funds for young Daniel Gilmour who needs funding to pay for his treatment of a rare cancer, Neuroblastoma. I do not have the full details but I will be at the event teaching some Cardio40 and Zumba.
Now forgive me gentle reader as I reach out to my fellow fitness instructors.
I was dealing with a lady who needed my help on a non-fitness issue. She arrived at my studio and said she was impressed by the number of people who had just attended my Zumba class.
She then offered up some extra information to me – she explained she didn’t attend my Zumba class as she found it was too easy for her. Of course I let the statement go by without comment, but after she left I wondered what her motivation for telling me this could have been?
Now, as a fitness professional I know that her statement was total rubbish. Anyone who teaches Zumba knows that many of the steps and routines can be made more difficult or easier by the participant.
Often in my routines I err on the side of caution and allow my regular exercisers to interpret the dance as they seem fit. At Zumba you are free to work as hard or as easy as you like – put a little more into your movements, step a little farther, lift your arms a little higher or jump a little bigger – so when someone says to me “I found your class a little easy” this translates in my mind to, “I didnt work myself hard enough at your class but I am going to blame you for my laziness”. This is also compounded by the fact that it takes a while to pick up the dances at Zumba. To attend once and dismiss the class as too easy makes no sense as the better you get at the routines, the better the workout becomes.
With that in mind, cardio40 is an intense 40-minute workout but I have plenty of clients who often bring the movements down from high to low depending on how they are feeling. I also have plenty of others who after the warm-up initiate the high impact part of the class immediately so they achieve the maximum workout effect.
As instructors we are faced with groups of people attending classes for whatever reasons that they may have. It is not a level playing field for the teacher as every person will be working at a different rate, and for the teacher to be a true professional they must be able to present their session to everyone who has walked through the door, not just to the select few who may have an above average level of fitness.
A big congratulations to Irvine’s Scott Brown who came in11th place at the Wordlwide Tough Mudder event in New Jersey, USA.
What an achievement, it certainly takes fitness to a brand new level.