Class Etiquette: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Workout

By | June 17th, 2013

We’ve all been in class with people who manage to stop the flow with annoying distractions and interruptive behavior. Being an instructor, I experience these disruptive clients on a daily basis. These habitual class etiquette breakers not only dampen their own practice, but disrupt the workouts of other class-takers. Feel you may be guilty yourself? Let’s set the record straight once and for all. Here is the list of behaviors that interfere with a good workout!

  • Be On Time: Yes, stuff happens, but please respect the late policy of the studio.  It’s not there to piss you off; it’s there for safety and the consideration of the students who are already into the workout. Showing up late means moving past moving people, not warming up and distracting the instructor.
  • Turn Off Your Cell Phone: Or better yet, leave it in your locker! Besides being incredibly distracting, if you are texting, or taking a phone call, it’s pretty unlikely that you are getting the most out of your workout.
  • Inform The Instructor:  If you have injuries, are new to the class, or need to leave early, let us know! The first couple of minutes are when an instructor gets to assess the skill level of the class. This assessment helps us do our job better and make class more effective for you. We’d be aware of what is going on with our students than think you have vanished to a locker room, passed out, or just didn’t like the class.
  • Be Aware Of Space: You’re working out for an hour, not moving in. Leave your belongings in the locker room. Also, keep an eye on how you set up your equipment. There is nothing worse than feeling, or literally not being able move, because someone is right on top of you.
  • Don’t Try To Be The Instructor: While you may be a regular in class, correcting others can run you into some pretty big liability issues. Leave the instruction up to the instructor.

In general, use the old adage of “do unto others” as rule of thumb. Don’t do what would distract you, and we can all get fit together!

Author Bio

Stephanie Czajkowski

WHO: Personal Trainer. Group Fitness Instructor at Equinox. Fitness aficionado. Workout-aholic.


MY BURNTHIS INSPIRATION: For me, it’s every day when people find connection to their body. As soon as they have that visceral connection to their body, seeing that discovery is like watching a little kid learn something for the first time. I’m consistently reminded of why I do this when I see people who really struggle the first day, then push through it and take on new fitness challenges (like signing up for a half marathon).

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