I joined a new gym two weeks ago. I’m already boycotting one particular instructor.
It all started with a spin class.
Two years ago a coworker of me introduced me to a spin class at her gym. I loved it. I told myself I’d pay the extra money to be able to take this spin class (since the gym I was a member of at the time also owned this gym; I’d only have to pay an extra $10/mo to be able to use that gym) until the instructor made a snide comment about people and their steps. How those steps for those fitbits did not matter.
I was done there. Side note, the way I saw it was if having a fitbit and hitting that 10,000 step threshold got you moving… go ‘head with your bad self. That is your motivation to get you moving and THAT’S A GOOD THING!
So ever since then I’ve been wanting to find a place to take spin classes. But since we do not live a major metropolitan area SoulCycle or any variation was not an option. So I basically gave up on spin class.
Then earlier this month someone I went to school with, who still lives in my area, posted on their Instragram about taking a cycle class. When I googled the place I was THRILLED! It was around the corner from where I work. Which is only 15 minutes away. GREAT! Until I went to book a class and found that ALL. THE. CLASSES.WERE. BOOKED. Weeks out.
At some point in all this I posted on Facebook about my excitement for finding a spin class and my mother, of all people, tells me her gym – which she has been going to since I was a kid – has spin classes. So I hop over to the gym’s website, check out their class schedule – sweet, they have spin classes (in addition to other classes) that will work with my work schedule. It was going to cost more than the gym I was already a member of, but I’d have classes and it would be cheaper overall then paying for individual classes at a studio where it would be next to impossible to get a bike.
After work I headed down to the gym, signed up. Good to go despite them not showing me around the gym but I’m a big girl, I can figure it out and I am not afraid to ask questions.
I make it to a few spin classes. No issues. Then yesterday…..
I do not like bringing my phone with me when I work out because I see it as an hour to myself. But when my husband is not available, and the kids are home alone, I bring my phone with me to class in case of an emergency.
Anyway, my phone rings, it’s my sister. I disregard it with a message saying At the Gym, Call you later. All good. Then a message comes through on my watch from my sister, all I see quickly is that she said something about my mother going to the walk-in clinic. I think pick up my phone and reply to her. As I finish replying the instructor gets on her little microphone and says:
“BACK ROW. OFF THE PHONE.”
I’m not entire sure who this instructor thinks she is. And why it did not bother her during the previous class when TWO COLLEGE GIRLS spent a good portion of the class on their phones. I don’t personally understand why people would bring their phones to class to actually use, but to each his/her own. Like this particular instructor likes to repeat, this is your class.
Yes, this is my class. I understand, I get out of it what I put in to it. So if I decide to pedal at low intensity while tweeting that’s my business. I am a local resident. I will be around much longer than the college students this instructor catered to. The class was not full. I would understand if every bike was taken and people were turned away because the class was full and I was here wasting a bike…. But that was not the case.
And I certainly did not like being called out like that in front of the whole class.
I was so angry I almost hoped off the bike and left the class. But I didn’t. I am sure the instructor expected me to to do that. But I didn’t. I waited until it was time to dismount and stretch and left. I thought about seeing her after class but realized I did not need to explain to her why I have my phone in class. It’s none of her business that I am a working mother who is just trying to get her workouts in which means I have to have my phone on me. And also, she has no IDEA who I am. Not like I’m somebody. But the point is she has no idea who I am or what I could have been messaging about. It’s not like I took an actual phone call because yes, that is incredibly rude.
But I’m not a bubbly college student who’s part time gym membership is being paid for by mommy and daddy. I am the local resident who in six months when all those college students are gone will still be in those classes. Except I won’t be in her classes. Luckily the classes she teaches conflict with my work schedule so I won’t have to really see her.
People like that, and the instructor I mentioned earlier, are why people who are just trying to stay active stop.
I could get all upset with the gym and complain. When in reality it’s easier to just not take her classes. I was not a huge fan of her from day one, but again, I was just trying to get my workout in and that class worked.
Very long winded story short, don’t be a shitty person. Don’t make assumptions about people. And if you’re teaching something and you don’t want cellphones being used let that be known. I probably won’t attend whatever you’re teaching. I am in fact a working mother who needs her phone on her when she takes a cycle class at 5pm after work and will occasionally answer a text when one comes across about her mother going to the walk-in emergency clinic.
As I get older, and because of my job, I have such a hard time dealing with people… it’s just too hard. They’re too one sided.