Social media, with all its pros and cons, inevitably does something similar for all its users. It reminds us of the past…whether it’s that Facebook “On this day 3 years ago” notification or Instagram’s Time Hop, we are constantly being reminded of what was going on last year at this time, two years ago, five years ago, etc. The other day I received one such notification and both notifications happened to have photos from my PlyoJam dance fitness classes that I teach in Westlake Village, CA.
FITNESS CLASS BLAST FROM THE PAST
As I looked at the photos, I realized how much my fitness classes have changed, grown, new faces added, old faces lost. And some of the faces I saw in those photos made me sad! I haven’t seen them in so long!
STUDENTS ARE LIKE FAMILY
As a fitness instructor, we build relationships with our students. We seem them regularly, weekly (or for some, even daily) in our fitness classes and it becomes routine. Second nature. And as much as students feel they rely on their instructors, I am here to say that fitness instructors rely on their students JUST AS MUCH.
In a world full of constant change, inevitable impermanence and sometimes chaotic uncertainty, isn’t it wonderful to have a place to go a few days a week to get an amazing workout. A place to go see the instructor you love. A place to sweat it out alongside the classmates you’ve grown accustomed to seeing each week?
WHERE DID YOU GO?
But then this thing happens. A student who I’ve grown used to seeing week after week just disappears. No word. No explanation. They are just gone. And boy do I notice. That “spot” (you know how everyone has their “spot” in class) is suddenly empty, or filled with someone new. And I’m left wondering why Lauren is no longer in my back left corner or Maria is no longer center third row.
Dear students…your instructors love and value you. We rely on you just as much as you rely on us. And we know life changes, schedules change, and sometimes the fitness class you once attended regularly no longer works for you. If you have been a regular at a fitness class for a while, and suddenly must depart that class…I beg of you, let your instructor know. You may not think they’ll notice, but I promise they will. And I promise, we miss your presence.
And if you can make it back to a class, book one today! Head over to SweatNow where tons of PlyoJam teachers have their classes listed!