I reckon they should change the title to 'What exactly is a fitness instructor'? Because this really explains it all. To those of you who head to the gym, just show a little compassion as we instructors really do want to give you a good class.
THank you rateyourburn :)
Preamble: The Motivation Behind This Madness
1) Can you be an idiot and teach fitness?
2) Is being hot the main job requirement for fitness professionals?
3) But don't fitness instructors just follow a formula?
4) But don't fitness instructors deliver the same product to everyone in the class?
5) Why else should I respect a fitness instructor?
- Fitness instructors are both their own product and their own business. They're not just employees; in fact, they are often contractors. But regardless of their tax forms, every instructor essentially runs his own business. Studios may help promote classes, but it's up to the teachers to build a following and get students coming back to class week after week. The teachers who treat their careers like a business are the ones who rise from the ranks most quickly.
- This is not your typical 9-5 job. Weekends? Time to work. Early AM? Time to work. Happy hour? Time to work. Holidays? You betcha. And even when they're not teaching, this is a seven-days-per-week job, almost round the clock. Reaching out to clients, building relationships, planning classes, negotiating schedules and contracts, subbing, tracking class attendance, being all over social media like white on rice (for you it's a hobby, for them it's a job).
- They have immense pressure to stay on the wagon. Instructors are often not even able to afford themselves the luxury of a "cheat day". Rest is important, but feeding the mouth is also important. Not to mention the pressure to look the part. Some instructors perform the class along with students, but others teach formats or styles that don't allow for this - so these guys are clocking their own personal hours at the gym in addition to their teaching time. Not to mention the fact that the best instructors are constantly trying out new trends and instructors themselves to stay inspired and current. This job takes a huge mental and physical toll on the body.
- Sick days? Think again. If you work a desk job, you probably have a certain number of paid sick days. For the majority of teachers out there, if you're sick, you're not going to be paid for that class you didn't teach. Not to mention the risk of injury/accident.