I am willing to own up to many of my faults.
I’m also willing to admit when I was previously a jerk about something. (Please see: I used to totally make fun of my friends for their healthy habits, because I just didn’t get it and was a super-bitchy, judgy girl.)
When I started getting into working out a few years ago, any classes I took were at New York Sports Club, where I used to be a member. I was new to working out, didn’t see the need for the expense for boutique classes when I had a perfectly good gym membership and, honestly, I felt uncomfortable going to a class like that. I wasn’t in shape like those other girls.
I’ve documented on this blog so many classes where I got corrected and felt embarrassed because I watched my friends get praised by instructors, and I kept getting corrected: Bar Method, Refine Method.
Dori wrote a great post last year about corrections in fitness classes. Easy for her to say, I thought. She loves boutique classes, goes often and is really good at them.
Those little tweaks an instructor makes to your form can really help. (Duh.) Just opening up a little more in triangle pose makes all the difference, for example.
But letting go and letting yourself be corrected without ego? I’ll admit, it took me a while to get there. And that Dori was right a long time ago.
I’ve noticed lately that the touch makes a big difference, too, though. I took a class at Laughing Lotus the other day with Gena, and both the instructor and her assistant walked around correcting us. Her assistant corrected fairly aggressively, while the instructor had a much more gentle touch that led me into discovering the correct pose myself, rather than pushing me into it.
Moral of the story: don’t be like me and check your ego much earlier in exercise classes and don’t feel uncomfortable if the instructor corrects you, and look for those instructors with the gentle touch and take as many of their damn classes as possible. Also, roll your shoulders back and open them up. That has helped me in 92% of all exercise moves. At Uplift, as soon as I see Steph or Michelle beginning to walk around to make corrections for, oh, anything, I roll my shoulders back.
And you? Are you a jerk like me who took too long to start appreciating being corrected in fitness classes? And what do you think makes a good fitness instructor?