Confessions of a fitness professional

Confessions of a fitness professional coming your way! (This post was originally published in June 2015, and it was due for an update. Please enjoy this updated version!)

I love fitness, specifically group fitness. And I love being a fitness professional, because it brings me so much joy. But I also feel the responsibility to be a good fitness professional — to make sure I’m teaching safe workouts, I’m encouraging healthy behaviors and I’m trying to model those myself (if you look around social media, I wouldn’t say all fitness professionals are too worried about that). And part of that responsibility includes keeping it real and telling you like it really is, which is what I plan to do with you today.

But before that, a little background:

I’ve been working in the fitness world for 14 years, as a group fitness instructor for all of it and as a personal trainer for some of it. In my role as a fitness professional, I’ve made some great relationships with people, and that’s truly the best part. Throughout my conversations with participants/members over the last 14 years, I’ve come to realize that oftentimes people on the participant/member side have certain thoughts about the people on the instructor/professional side. So today, let’s set some things straight …

(And of course, I can only speak for myself and share my own confessions, so please take these with a grain of salt.)

Confessions of a fitness professional

Confessions of a fitness professional by A Lady Goes West

Let’s get to the confessions of a fitness professional …

Yes, every once in a while, there are days when I don’t feel like working out or going to the gym at all. And occasionally, I find it hard to get motivated.

This is real talk, friend. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to get going. In fact, every once in a while, if I didn’t have to teach a class that required me to demonstrate and perform the moves, I probably wouldn’t do anything that day. There are times when it takes everything in me to suit up in my sneakers, prepare my music and workout notes and head to the gym — when I’d rather be snuggling with Rudy and watching reality TV (although as a working mom, I hardly ever get to make that decision, but you know what I mean).

On those days, when I finally get to the gym, I sit in my car until the very last minute, go inside and all of a sudden put on my “game face” once I’ve entered the four walls. Even though I may be feeling lethargic and un-enthused, you’ll be none the wiser. You’ll never know it, because I’m a professional, and I try to treat every single class like it’s going to be my last and put forth all of my effort into making it good for you. But no — it’s not easy for me to stay motivated all the time. 

Once a week, I’ve been trying to fit in my own solo weights workout outside of the classes I teach, and that is the hardest one to get motivated for. I move slowly at first, I fiddle in my bag before I get started, I spend way too much time looking for the right podcast to listen to. But you know what happens? Once I get those first few reps in, everything starts to flow. And I hope it feels like that for the people who come to my classes too. But I get it, it’s sometimes tough to get that initial motivation.

Yes, it’s hard to show up all the time and be pumped, but once you get moving, you’re always glad you’re doing it. If sometimes you can’t quite muster the motivation, just get there, and let the power of group fitness take over for you.

Ashley teaching at Life Time

Please don’t be self-conscious around me or try to hide from me in class, because I’ve seen it all, and I’m there to help.

You don’t need to “get in shape” to come to my class. Come as you are!

I never judge the people who come to my classes, and I’m not even slightly phased by how you perform the moves I’m trying to get you to do. I will try to help you and correct you as best as I can, but you may not understand me no matter how hard I try. It’s okay. I know you’re doing your best, and I love you for it. But yes, I see your version of the move I’m requesting. And you’re not even close to the worst I’ve seen, so just keep moving. (This is a funny generalization, but yes — here and there, some people do some silly stuff, and it’s fine. Although I will say, on a whole, my current participants at Life Time are mostly quite savvy.)

I often talk to people who are scared to come to classes and they stand in the back and literally hide their bodies behind someone else so I can’t see what they’re doing. But please, don’t hide from me. I’m absolutely not judging you, if I look at you, I’m going to smile at you to encourage you, or I may give a loose public suggestion to correct some form — hoping you’ll hear that request. If you don’t, it’s okay. I don’t think anything of it. I’ll just try again in a different way sometime soon.

I wish more participants/members knew that fitness professionals aren’t expecting them to be perfect — not at all. We want to see them show up and put in effort, and we’ll be there to offer some help to assist them in getting better. That’s what we’re there for.

Never be shy, and never feel judged — not by me nor by your surrounding participants — because they aren’t judging you either. Promise. Let us see you working, because the only way we can help you, is if we see you! 

Best foam rolling moves by A Lady Goes West

I sometimes eat junk food, I sometimes drink alcoholic beverages. And even, every once in a while, (gasp), I’m hungover. 

There have been a couple times that I’ve been teaching a group fitness class and felt like I smelled Sauvignon Blanc seeping out of my sweat glands. And that’s the truth. And from talking to other fitness peeps, I know full well I’m not alone. 

Even though I work out a ton and lead a healthy lifestyle, I don’t say no to nearly any type of food, and yes, I will throw back some wine on the weekends (or a Thursday night as needed here and there) — all in the name of balance. I don’t expect you to be 100 percent strict with your diet all the time, and I also don’t expect you to be feeling in tip-top shape when you show up to class all the time either. 

There are so many times when people have confessed to me that they had something bad to eat the night before, so embarrassed, because they think I would never do that. In my Monday class, I often hear “I was so bad this weekend.” And hey friend, no shame in a little splurging here and there. Don’t let it derail you, don’t let it embarrass you, don’t try to work it off. Just enjoy it and move right on back to your healthy habits. You don’t even need to call it “being bad” — it’s just life.

And by the way, if you see me out-and-about in public and have some fast-food in your hand or junk in your grocery cart, I won’t be mad at you. You don’t have to hide it. We’re all human. I’d be more worried about you and your lifestyle if you’re on some super-restricting diet full of extreme measures.

Live your life and choose healthy stuff most of the time — but not all of the time — because that’s no fun. And even as a group fitness instructor, I’m always about that balance.

Teaching Barre and Bubbles at Charlotte Life Time by A Lady Goes West

I don’t understand why you don’t like group fitness.

No, I don’t. I do understand that many people like to do their own thing in the gym most of the time or work out at home or run on their own, but I’m not sure I truly get why you don’t ever want to try a class with me.

Yes, I also like to do my own workouts to focus on my specific goals (which I do once a week), but I’d always rather be doing a sweat session with a bunch of other people with loud music and good energy pumping me up and fueling me.

And when you say that group fitness or classes are just “not for you,” you better have experienced enough classes to be sure that you feel that way. I will still be your friend and respect you, but deep down, I’m always wondering if I could convert you into a group-fitness-lover if only you would come to my class.

Don’t swear off classes unless you’ve tried them. Yes, I think we should all be following a loose structure for which workouts we do each week, and if you’re all about your own thing — good for you. But don’t ever hate on group fitness unless you’ve given it a fair chance. Sometimes, it’s magic, and you’re missing out on that if you never go into the studio.

A few other confessions of a fitness professional

You may also want to know the following confessions of a fitness professional …

  • Attendance: I don’t care if you show up late or leave early, as long as you come. But if you leave early, please don’t be disruptive by carrying all your equipment over the heads of people working on the floor at the end of class to put it away — that is not safe and you shouldn’t do it. Try your best to make it to the end of class, and if you can’t — safely carry your stuff around the perimeter of the room, not over the heads of others. I also like you to let me know if you’re leaving early, so I can expect it.
  • Guests: I love it when you bring your friends along with you. Always introduce me to them before class or after class so I can say hi.
  • Decency: And for some locker-room etiquette: If you’re going to do your hair in the mirror in the locker room, why not put on a bra? I know you’re hot, but I wish people would be even an ounce more discreet sometimes. Need to organize your gym bag? Maybe don’t do that bent over with no pants on … you know? But even if that’s your choice, just know that when you chat with me in that state, I’ll keep my eyes on your face.
  • Sweat: However, in the group fitness studio, I’m not even slightly grossed out by your sweat or grunting, in fact, I applaud it. Have you seen how much I sweat? The more, the merrier.
  • Breaks: Feeling tired and need a quick water break? Not a problem. Hydrate, regroup and hop back in. I get it. There’s no shame in listening to your body when you need a minute. 
  • Nerves: Scared to attend my class? That’s totally normal. I feel a tinge of nerves before a tough workout too, but the high you’ll feel afterwards should make it worth it.
  • Absences: Going on a vacation or planning to take a break from the gym? If you’re a regular participant and I’m used to seeing you, I want you to tell me where you will be or where you were when you come back, just so I can be aware and welcome you when you return.
  • Feedback: Have feedback? Give it to me! But be kind. I’ve only encountered a couple haters in my day. Also, I love it when you tell me moves you like to see in class, because it’s helpful to get some ideas from you.
  • I’m so grateful you are in my class, and I see you out there showing up! You make me love my job. And I know there are plenty of other things you could be doing, so I’m happy you made the choice to show up in my workout. Please know your presence is always appreciated and noticed.

Ashley teaching at Life Time

Seriously though, I credit group fitness for changing my life, and I’ll continue devoting my time and efforts to getting people moving and sweating, so they can lead better lives. And yes, I was once a participant flailing my arms in the air in the back of a class as well … and look at me now! πŸ™‚ 

Thank you for reading my confessions of a fitness professional, friend. Be well and stay moving. And come say hi over on Instagram too.

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100 Comments

    1. Hi Chrissy! No kidding! How hard is it to wrap your towel before you head around to do “errands” in the locker room hehhe! Glad you agree with me! πŸ™‚

  1. I have a love hate relationship with group fitness. I love BodyAttack and anti-gravity yoga classes and went religiously when I had a gym membership. While I liked the actual activities in boot camp style classes, I wasn’t a huge fan of the egos some people seemed to have, or having to lay on a mat covered in someone else’s sweat. I also really hated the locker room. The lack of respect/personal space and nudity really annoyed me. And the stranger hair, even in the cleanest gyms (I went to a really high end one) there always seems to be stranger hair!

    Unfortunately, the gym I went to raised the prices so high that it wasn’t a viable option for me any longer and the others in the area didn’t offer classes when I need them. Therefore I now I make BA mixes from what’s on you tube, have my own yoga hammock in the back yard, and spend a lot of time with Jillian Michaels and Fitness Blender. I’ve still been losing weight and working hard, but I do miss the other people – they really inspired me not to take the easy options. I really miss BodyAttack, the YouTube playlists leave a lot to be desired. While I do understand that its meant to be group fitness, I wish I could buy a few of the release dvd’s.

    1. Hi Kathryn, That’s a very honest answer. And yes, some styles of classes will be more enjoyable to you than others. I used to not like ANYTHING other than Les Mills classes, but have tried a ton of studios and now I like a varied bunch of group workouts. As far as Les Mills, we can’t offer BODYATTACK to participants to do at home in its current shape, because the videos are filmed for instructors to learn from, and it will lose a little bit of its value. But I know some people are craving the workout and can’t find it in a gym near them. I’m sorry for that. As far as your yoga pursuits? Sounds cool, but be careful!! heheh! Seriously, keep up the good work with your online and video sessions and maybe one day soon circumstances will change so you can to the gym more frequently for the real thing in person. Sometimes we just have to roll with whatever we have on hand, and that’s what you’re doing! Go for it!

  2. I think I’d love group fitness more if I could take YOUR classes! Right now I love the convenience of working out in my living room and I feel like I’ve learned a LOT from the programs I’ve done. But as you know, I’m also jumping on the OTF train to spice up my weekly workout routine and so far I love it!

    1. Hi Courtney! Well variety is the spice of life, so doing most of your workouts at home with SOME live group fitness is a great mix. Glad you’re jumping on the OTF train!! Happy Tuesday! πŸ™‚

  3. I confess. I eat Ben & Jerrys on the occasion. And maybe even too much…LOL! I’m a personal trainer but also human like you mentioned. I do attend a group yoga class but I haven’t attended a workout class per say. And I super shy in the gym locker! I’m the girl hiding in the stall to change lol!!

    1. Hi Jess! I was also a trainer in the gym for a few months and shocked at how trainers stay far away from the group fitness room mostly — like a separate world. I didn’t! πŸ™‚ hehehh But that’s great you’ve done yoga. And amen to the Ben & Jerry’s! Thanks for sharing hi, friend! Have an awesome day!

  4. Amen! I love anyone who comes to my class. Show up late, leave early, but you’re there and making the effort! There are also days when I don’t feel like working out at all (more and more these days), BUT I smile and get to work as soon as I enter those doors!

    1. You are a true professional then, Heather! Our members should NEVER know if we’re not feeling it that day. πŸ™‚ heheh And I’m sure it’s getting tough for you these days. Keep at it! πŸ™‚

  5. I love group fitness, in fact I used to be an instructor in college at the Y. Now I need so many modifications that I don’t do them unless it’s a spin class. It’s frustrating from my perspective that I can’t do what the instructor is yelling out & they don’t consistently provide the modifications and you feel silly asking over and over throughout the class. That’s why now I do my own thing. It’s just easier and I can get a good workout out in. Hope that makes sense. Ugh and don’t even get me started about the locker room! I think some do it for attention.

    1. Hi Megan! You should come to my classes, because I give low options for nearly everything. And most Les Mills classes offer the low options as well. πŸ™‚ But I can totally see how that would be hard for you in the group fitness room. Good for you for maintaining your fitness on your own terms. While also covering up in the locker room heheh! πŸ™‚

  6. LOL!!! YES! Awesome post! Especially #4! All group fitness instructors are NOT created equal, so maybe that’s why some people don’t like it? I have no idea how anyone could not LOVE an hour at BODYPUMP OR any Les Mills class for that matter!

    1. Hi Melissa! I guess I like to think back of my pre-BODYPUMP days, and I really didn’t know what I was missing until I experienced it. We’ll have to give others the benefit of the doubt there as well. But seriously. They should love it! hahahah

  7. One of my confessions is that if you think I’m checking you out, I might be checking out… your pants. Where did you get them? lol And sure, I might judge you for a split second if you show up perfectly coiffed and whatnot, but that just means I’m going to work you hard and you are going to earn even more of my respect at the end when you prove me wrong πŸ˜€

    1. Hi Susie! Hehehe, so you judge the appearance just a bit? I get it. And yes, I’m always looking at workout clothes as well. The best dressed clientele? When I worked at Equinox for sure!

  8. Oh love this !! I always wonder what instructors think about attendees lol I feel you about the change room there is always a lady fully naked brushing her teeth while everyone is just trying to wash their hands and as much as I’m like ‘all for women’s power and showing off your body ‘ sometimes I just am not yet comfortable with my own body for someone else to be showing it off!

    I’m a nurse and I always love when people hesitate to tell me gross or weird stories … I’m like trust me I’ve seen it all just tell me so I can help you !

    Hope you have a great day!

    1. Hi Fiona! Glad you enjoyed this one! And yes, I bet you’ve seen it all as a nurse heheh. I just feel like people need to be more modest overall in the locker rooms. It’s the right thing to do! hahah! Happy Tuesday, friend!

  9. I definitely love a mix of group fitness and doing my own thing. I think that group fitness classes can be so different, so everyone needs to find the type of class that works for them.
    I am totally with you on the locker room thing!! My gym has a lot of young girls in their early 20s and they seriously get ready half naked. I just don’t get it.

    1. Hi Lisa! People these days hahhaha. And yes on group fitness — doing a mix of exercise is the best, and most classes offer that for participants. Happy Tuesday! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Stacie! Same here. My friends know that I don’t care, but newer people will still be nervous eating junk around me hahah. πŸ˜‰ Happy Tuesday, lady!

  10. Great confessions! As a personal trainer, I totally agree with/also confess to 1-3. But as an introvert, I totally get why people don’t want to go to group fitness class. I don’t enjoy it all the time (drains my energy in a bad way, especially if I’ve had a busy day), and I also don’t like teaching it (so I don’t). I also could care less about what ladies wear (or don’t) in the locker room. Let your bits fly free if you want, I don’t care! Haha.

    1. Hahahah Bri! Let your bits fly free hehhe! You are funny. Hey, this world would be boring if we were all similar. So I’m glad you spoke up. And yes, I know some people totally enjoy their own thing, so thank you for saying that. But I mean. Maybe you’d like my class? hahah Just kidding! πŸ™‚

  11. Yes to all the above… especially the locker room. I’m not a prude but if you’re in there for 15 minutes at least cover up *something*.

    Also trying to club, sack, and drag my husband along when I teach. He’s anti-group ex and I feel the need to convert him…

    1. Hi Gen! Perhaps our husbands are not into being totally whipped by their wives at the gym? hehehe Whatever! You keep trying on yours, and I’ll keep trying on mine!

  12. OH my gosh..Ashley I love this post! I completely agree with every point, even if I’ve never taught classes. I love group exercise because if I’m doing a tape or exercise by myself I stop early all the time to rest…but in class I keep going the entire time. Group motivation can’t be replicated at home!

    And yes to being more discreet..my gym’s locker room is full of old(er) ladies letting it all out…I have no where to look when I put my stuff away! I also will NEVER sit down on the benches anymore..yuckkk.

    1. Hi Gretchen! I hardly even like to put my bag on the benches because what I’ve seen sitting there before me. I’m with you! And yes, I agree that the energy of people in the room can’t be matched at home – even if your workout is still a god one at home. Happy Tuesday!! πŸ™‚

    1. Well Jen, I would never let my participants know how I feel. And most of the time I DO feel like it… but there are always some days when it’s tough. Happy Tuesday, lady! πŸ™‚

  13. Cute post! I could totally see each of these points even though I have never taught group fitness I tend to do my own thing, but always enjoy the energy of a group. I agree about the locker room antics! It really is a source of amazement.

  14. As a soon to be fitness professional I love this Ashley! I assumed there were times when an instructor didn’t want to workout but admittedly it was hard to imagine. Thanks for sharing!

    Keep inspiring the #fitfam to stay active and get fit.

  15. I’m chuckling at the alcoholic beverages confession… When I had Dean, the lactation consultant recommended I drink a beer each night and then saw on my profile that I was in the fitness industry so she made a comment about how I probably don’t drink πŸ˜‰ I assured her that it would be nooooo problem, haha! And yes to the gym locker rooms… Some people just like to let it allll hang out! I am definitely not one of those people.

    1. Hi Becky! If only she knew you had a blog called Olives n Wine, she would have known you’re down with the alcoholic bevvies! heheh! πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday, Momma!

  16. 2. Don’t be self-conscious, because I’ve seen it all.

    I totally resonated with this one. I’ve only done one group fitness class, and I admit that I was pretty self-conscious. I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb in the group with my terrible form, but I still had a lot of fun. I think reading this post from you pretty much made me want to go back and do classes more regularly. I love the motivation that a group gives you! :))) Thanks Ashley!

    1. Hi Emily! Other participants are never judging you, nor is the instructor. I know it can be intimidating, but take the good parts out of group fitness and go for it — it’s fun!!! πŸ™‚ heheh!

  17. Ha- I love this! There are totally days where I don’t want to work out at all. It’s funny people ask me “oh so you must workout 7 days a week?” Um no and I love wine too thank you very much! Lol!

  18. I love this post! Thanks for sharing. I enjoy both doing my own workouts and group fitness classes. I rely on classes to help switch up my workout routine and prevent boredom. It is so much fun working out with other people and motivates me to work harder!

    1. Hi Carly! You’re so welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. And you’ve got the right idea about switching up your workout routine and taking advantage of group fitness for that. If we always did our own thing, we may never try new stuff!! Feed off that group energy! Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! πŸ™‚

  19. I don’t care how much I love my job – I don’t want to do it everyday. In fact, I probably wouldn’t work if I didn’t have to!

    Group fitness – it’s probably not the actual working out part that some people avoid. For me (before my CrossFit days), I loved the actual class, but the before and after was very stressful for me. I was incredibly shy and didn’t know what to do with the other members of the class. Should I make conversation? And if I didn’t, would they think I was a snob? Often I just avoided the whole thing just because I didn’t know what to do when the music wasn’t going.

    However, my husband is not like me and he avoids group fitness because “he doesn’t need other people to motivate him.” Whatever. He’s married to a CrossFitter. I will never stop trying to recruit him!

    1. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by to say hello. And I totally agree with you that people are nervous about what other participants think about them, not only during class but also before and after. But not talking to anyone is not snobby. Oftentimes people are “in the zone” and totally staring off into space before class begins, and I get that. But you make a good point. And how nice you’re into CrossFit now! Keep pressuring your hubs to go, because he just may like it hahah! πŸ™‚ They need us to convince them sometimes. Happy Tuesday, lady!

  20. hahaha i am TOTALLY guilty of walking around completely naked in the change room at the gym. Usually i come in and am way too warm and sweaty, even after I shower. the thought of putting clothes on right away just makes me shudder – especially if i’m drying my hair!!
    I would love to try one of your classes! It seems like you make everyone feel at ease, and have a great time while doing it πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Beverley, You make me laugh! I do wonder what is going on through peoples’ heads in the locker room, so maybe they, much like you, are just too darn hot hahah! And I LOVE group fitness, so I think that shows through to my members. Hope you have a happy Tuesday, lady! πŸ™‚

  21. I loved this! And I agree– as much as I love teaching group fitness, some days it is HARD to show up & put the game face on. But of course, once the music starts I’m all in πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Annette! Oh yes, and as a pro, you’d never let a soul know you weren’t feeling it, I’m sure. Me neither! Happy Tuesday, lady! We’re lucky to love what we do!!

  22. Love this post! πŸ™‚ I definitely agree to all of these. I love that you mention your eating isnt always perfect. I think students expect instructors follow some kind of Paleo, Vegan, Macro, etc. diet yet I know that almost all instructors indulge when they feel like it. A few weeks ago, I left the gym after class and stopped at McDs for a McFlurry. Sometimes you just want ice cream!! You are SO right, we are all human.

    Has your husband ever tried any group fitness or any of your classes?

    1. Hi Samantha, Yes, my hubs has come to each of my group fitness formats at least once, and he says he loves seeing me in action, but he is not crazy about the workouts. He prefers to run on his own, which I find quite boring haha! And nice work on the McDonald’s visit after the gym. When you know you want it, get it! πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday!

  23. The locker room one is SPOT ON! There are a couple people at my gym at work who do hair/makeup in front of the mirror full-on nude… like, what?? I think it’s weird to do it at a normal gym, but even more bizarre in front of coworkers!

    1. Hi Annie! I know! I don’t get it at all! I’m glad you’re not one of those people hehe. Cover up, folks! πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday to you!

  24. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been trying out more group fitness classes at the gym at my work, mainly cycle. We did have a Pound (http://getpound.com/) class today, and that was a lot of fun! Otherwise I generally do my own thing, but I love the energy of the group atmosphere :)!

    1. Hi Jessie! Okay, Pound sounds awesome. Like Drumline? hahah! I haven’t seen that class offered anywhere yet, so thanks for giving me the heads up. The energy of the group setting is the best, so enjoy it when you’re in the mood. Have a great Tuesday! πŸ™‚

  25. Love this!!! I am starting at OTF as soon as our new one opens and I can’t wait! I work in the nursing home industry so I may have seen worse things that you! πŸ™‚ I like #3- thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Mary Beth! Yay for OTF! And oh man, I bet you have stories from the nursing home. Good news about OTF is that there are no locker rooms, just individual stalls and bathrooms. hahah! Enjoy!

  26. I felt the same way about group fitness classes but I realized I had to find something I liked. I hate yoga, it annoys me to no end and I learned I hate slow group fitness classes. If I’m not moving 90% of the time I’m in there, I get bored and sleepy.

    1. Hi Latasha! Yes, it’s great to figure out what you like, but of course, you have to try a lot of things to come to conclusions. We should always do a few things that scare us and aren’t our favorite every once in a while. And with yoga, I’m FINALLY liking it, but I hated it for a long time too. Happy Tuesday, lady! πŸ™‚

  27. Haha, loved reading this! It gave me a few good laughs, mostly because I can totally relate and agree with you on these. πŸ™‚ I had one of those days of NOT feeling like teaching/working out yesterday before my BODYPUMP class. It was a little rough getting there … I was tired and just wanted to nap! But, I showed up, put my game face on, and it ended up being a rockin’ class!

    1. Hi Ash! I know, those days happen. And I’m sure you are getting them even more now that you’re getting further along in your pregnancy. But somehow, we always are able to make it look like we’re super excited about every class, right? πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed this one!! True stuff heheh! Happy Tuesday, lady!

  28. Good stuff. I’ve seen some scary things in the guy’s locker room too! Eww. Funny, I never would’ve thought I’d say I am a fan of the group class, but I think you have to count CrossFit as a group class activity. The support from others in the class is always incredible.

    1. Hi Chris! I would definitely put CrossFit in with the group fitness realm for this, because you are doing team-like stuff and following someone else’s plan for your workout. Isn’t it great to get pushed hard by those around you?? πŸ™‚ And ugh. Lockers rooms. I guess they are bad for guys and girls? hahah Thanks for saying hi!

  29. Awesome post, Ashley! I loved reading this. I don’t get how people don’t enjoy group fitness either but my husband is the same way. I think it’s mostly a guy thing.

    And #5- SO TRUE! I try to avoid the locker room because I hate seeing people walking around naked everywhere. That scars me, lol! Just as I wouldn’t want to subject everyone else to my nakedness. Some things are just better kept personal.

    1. Hhaha I know, Sarah! I would never walk around naked either, which is why I don’t enjoy when other people do it. But I guess some people are not bothered at all. To each his own … πŸ™‚ Happy TuesdaY!

  30. I love this! :] I’m not a fitness professional by any means, but can definitely relate to being surprised by how much people choose to share (when I’m talking to my patients, har har).

    I like a good mix between doing my own thing (lifting weights/dance) and group fitness (<- it can very much depend on the class)! <3 I hope I get to take one of your classes at some point if I ever get back to the bay! :]

    1. Hi Farrah! Yes, I’m sure you get to hear about a lot in the medical world. And a good mix is the best way to work out, so I’m glad you’re into a variety of things. I sure hope you get to come to one of my classes one day too!! πŸ™‚ That would be awesome!

    1. Hi Dani! Yes, I can guarantee you are not the least graceful out there hahah! I’ve seen it all. And I never judge, and I bet more instructors don’t either. Just go for it! πŸ™‚

  31. Haha, this post was GREAT! While I’m not technically a group ex instructor, I appreciate everything you said from a personal trainer and former barre instructor’s perspective. I totally agree with everything, and think it’s so funny when my clients fess up to “cheating” on a cupcake over the weekend. My response is always sharing my love for the balance you mentioned. I hardly ever say no to sweets! (In moderation, of course….) πŸ˜‰

    1. Hi Heather! Glad you enjoyed this one. I think people like to know that their trainer or instructor is normal just like them. So mentioning balance is key! πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday to you!!

    1. Hi Mattie! How cool! I’m always intrigued by yoga instructors. Best of luck in your journey on that!! Thanks for saying hi, lady! πŸ™‚

  32. I love your confessions, and I love that you are keeping it real. I do have to admit that as much as I like group classes, I like doing my own thing too. Maybe that’s because I feel less guilty when I give up half way through my workout haha. I have to be totally in the fitness mind frame to go to group classes, but once I’m there I always love it. xx

    1. Hi Krissy! Glad you enjoyed the confessions. And it’s good to have a mix of doing your own thing and the group thing. But yes, sometimes you get in a longer session with those hour-long group classes, when it’s easier to call it quits on your own heheh. Hope all is well with you! πŸ™‚

  33. Awesome post! I love reading other group fitness instructors “confessions”. I did one not too long ago and felt so refreshed afterwards. It feels good to put it all out there and hope someone benefits from what you have to confess. I agree that sweating and grunting don’t bother me at all, it actually encourages me because I know someone is working hard. I’m so glad you shared this!

    1. Sweating and grunting is good! I do it too at times heheh:) And as group fitness people, we have a lot of good things to share. Glad you were able to get yours out there too.

  34. Bahahaha! Laughing so hard at some of these and can TOTALLY relate to them. And #4 – seriously! How can you NOT love it?! People think I’m extra crazy when I say I’m going to a Quarterly…. “Um, you’re going on vacation to work out all day?” “YES! It’s the best!” As for the coming late/leaving early… I agree to an extent. I’ve had participants come in during track 8 or 9 in Flow (and track 10 is the meditation). They’re such big stretch tracks that I’ve told them “I don’t mind you coming late at ALL and love for you to be here, but would really prefer you not come in after the halfway point because it’s not safe to do those big stretches without the proper warm up.” It’s so hard not wanting to discourage them, but also wanting to keep them safe! (And to be honest, knowing some of the members at my gym, they’re really coming in at the end to “get their spot” for the next class… ugh, now THAT is annoying.)

    1. Hi Breanne! And waking up early on weekends, spending all of your time memorizing choreography — oh the things we do for fitness. You know, I totally see what you’re staying about BODYFLOW and needing to be there for more of it than the last couple tracks. But I guess at least people are getting to experience some of your teaching while securing their spot for the next class? hahah You may ignite a new love for BODYFLOW in them. Glad you enjoyed this one — and I’m sure it really hit home! πŸ™‚

      1. Oh choreography – I’m starting to wrap my brain around the massive studying/practicing about to be underway for launch. Haha. And good point about the experience of Flow – I do want them all to fall in love! πŸ™‚

  35. I loved this! I’m studying for my ACE GFI exam right now and hoping to start teaching fomr Group Fitness classes so it is fun to hear confessions from a pro! I love your attitude, as long as you show up and get your sweat on that is what matters!

    1. Hi Amber! Thanks for saying hi! Good luck to you with your teaching certification! I hope you LOVE being an instructor just like I do! πŸ™‚ Get it done!

  36. I loved this post, Ashley! I have been a group fitness instructor for several years now (well, out of work one at the moment since I moved to the UK — but working on finding a new gym now!) and I can totally relate to your confessions. I can incorporate several of your confessions into one of my own: I used to go for appetizers and wine with a few of the ladies from my Friday evening Spinning classes and Monday evening Zumba classes lol! You do form bonds with people you see every few days! I agree, some people think that because we work in the industry, that we never “enjoy” food or cocktails, but we do and we have days when we really don’t feel like working out either. Group fitness is a big moral booster though, and you never regret a class after leading it! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Erin! So true. You NEVER regret a class, and I love that you socialized with your members outside of the gym. That’s the way to keep them coming back for more. Hope you find a new gym soon! Thanks for saying hi. Have a wonderful day, lady!

  37. I agree that I feel like we have seen it all…the good…the bad…the not so pretty. Whenever my clients get embarrassed, I say…”trust me, I have seen it all”. It really doesn’t phase me anymore. πŸ™‚ Amen to treating ourselves to foods we love and wine! Life is too short to not enjoy those, but yes in moderation! xoxo

    1. So glad you agree with me on this one! πŸ™‚ And yes, we’ve GOT to enjoy the things we love, no matter if we work in fitness or not. Hope you’re having a great weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

  38. Honestly, one of my very favorite blog posts ever. Now I won’t feel so guilty about driving to the gym and literally doing anything to avoid walking inside, but doing it anyway. (And TOTALLY with you on #5…) πŸ™‚

    1. Hahha! So glad you like this, Carla! Never feel bad about having little motivation. Just go for it! Hope to see you in one of my classes soon. πŸ™‚

  39. Hi Ashley. Since you confessed as an instructor I will add my as a member of a class. I feel much the same as you do in your blog. There are times I don’t feel going to my spin class but do cause the instructor is one of my favorites. I know I will feel better afterwards if I do. Being such an avid spin member I wonder why more people don’t like spin better. Eating is really a problem. Since I don’t do the cooking I don’t have that control of the menu. If I would advoid the sweets. Even though I haven’t tried any of the classes you teach I would love to try a class you taught. I really enjoyed this blog. It let me know that my instructor is human also.

    1. Your instructors are TOTALLY human and sometimes they don’t want to be there either heheh! πŸ™‚ Glad you know the truth now! You should write a blog from the member’s perspective!

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