At times, teaching fitness classes are hard.
And not in the way that you think.
It’s hard because I want to see people see good results. I want people to feel better about themselves. I want to see peoples’ bodies change, and the pride they show from those positive changes. I want people to get healthy—to make real and positive improvements in their health.
See, I don’t just want your money, or for you to continue to come back to my studio. I want so much more than that.
So, when I have clients who aren’t dedicated to coming to their classes (reformer or TRX), or aren’t really pushing themselves with the workouts that I write, I get disappointed. And, that’s where the hard part comes in.
Now, don't get me wrong, I teach a great group of people—everyone I’ve met has taught me something. Sure, I’ve seen people come and go, but I’m striving to create something a little different then what most people get from a “gym membership”. I want a community. A group of people—men and women, kids and seniors, 20-somethings and those who are middle aged—who enjoy fitness. Whether you want to be healthier, want a new workout challenge, or just want to get your sweat on, I want you to enjoy fitness.
It gets hard for me because when I don’t see that, I take it personally. (I’m new to owning a business, as well as running a fitness studio, so I’m going to ask you to cut me a little bit of slack here.) It hits me hard.
Some of you may have heard that I’m taking a break from teaching my reformer Pilates classes. I’m doing this because my heart just isn’t in it right now. But, don’t worry, I LOVE teaching my Suspension Pilates and TRX classes. I’m very drawn to it, and will continue to offer those classes.
However, this funk has caused me to examine what kind of Pilates classes I offer, and will offer in the future. I’ve been tossing some ideas around in my head, and with a few friends, and I think one has finally stuck. In a few weeks, clients will begin to see some different equipment come into the studio. You may also begin to see some equipment leave the studio. I’m doing this in an effort to teach the forms of Pilates I do enjoy teaching—chair, mat, suspension, tower, and a few others. In fact, I’m doing this to bring Pilates to a larger audience without it costing as much as it is. I want to make Pilates more affordable for people in Gillette, Wyoming.
Yes, this may mean that my reformer classes will be going away, but it also may mean that I will be able to teach more people Pilates as well.
So, in the meantime, come check out a Pilates mat class (with props incorporated sometimes) with Felicia on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 pm. Or a Suspension Pilates class with Teran on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Later in September, Felicia will bring back her Saturday Pilates classes as well. And, if you have some ideas on when you’d like to see classes, tell us—you can do so on our Ignite Clients Facebook Group, PM the Ignite Pilates Facebook page, or even send me an email from the website. I am listening, and would enjoy some feedback.
Change isn’t always easy. I am aware that some of you may not stick with me while I implement these updates and alter my classes. Don’t worry, I understand. But, to those of you who will stick with me, thank you. I promise that it will be worth it.
See you in class!