Defined by Urban Dictionary as: “when something is perfect, or going right or on point.”
I’m not sure I’ve taught a “technically” perfect class in the decade I’ve been teaching group fitness but I’ve taught some classes that felt perfect for the people I serve. I have had a day or two when I felt like my bachata was so smooth I left the gym walking like Naomi Campbell and a day when my jabs looked so good I felt like a superhero. Truthfully, if I counted my “personal” victories, I would have quit a long time ago. Being on fleek with your classes is more than how good you think you look or how in shape you are. It’s deeper.Much deeper.
It starts with commitment.
I really think someone should do a reality television show about the TRUE life of a fitness instructor. People think I merely get dresses in cute clothes, show up magically and teach and whisk myself way to eat a salad. Nobody knows that I’m wearing what’s clean because I had to change sports bras three times from teaching my classes and subbing another one, I spent three hours working on choreography and another hour searching for music and then got home and just went to bed because my family ate pizza and forgot I was vegan and I hadn’t meal prepped before I left and had nothing prepared.
There is also commitment to remain on top of changes in the programs in you teach, keep your certifications current, a professional commitment to stay on top of your continuing education, and an ethical commitment to do what’s right for the safety of your students and not jeopardize their safety because you want your numbers to look like they are on fleek.
And then when you realize how much work there is you have to ask yourself if you are dedicated to the process.
Just tonight, after teaching class number three, I came home barefoot with no dinner prepared and made a salad while listening to music to get ready for tomorrow’s classes. I’m TIRED, like I am going to fall over when I get up out of this chair tired, but I know what I signed up for and I don’t take it lightly. Sure when I first started, there were 70 plus people in my class EVERY TIME I TAUGHT. Today there were 30. People have moved, had kids, graduated, other options are now on the schedule, other gyms have opened, other classes, people grew bored, the “fad” of it all wore off for them.
But, for eight years, I’ve been showing up for the same class on the same night in the same time slot with the same enthusiasm for the people who’ve been taking classes with me for years or for a week.
What I REALLY believe makes my class on fleek is this right here:
And I don’t mean monetary, although group fitness can sometimes feel like a super expensive hobby.
People want to know you BELIEVE in them. People want to know that you are a part of the community not just some person who comes in and spends a fraction of your time with the common folk. People want to know you care. People want to know that you value their presence. I haven’t met ONE group fitness instructor who’s in it for the money. I HAVE met PLENTY of group fitness instructors who teach so they can get paid while they work out and like having people tell them how awesome they are. What’s your investment, to your class, the places you teach, the community where you live?
What’s your REAL reason for teaching?
It all comes down to being authentic. I no longer teach step because, well, I didn’t enjoy it. I don’t teach 100% pre-choreographed programs because I am person who thrives on having a creative say about what I share (that is not a knock but my truth. I have a few certifications in pre-choreographed programs). I teach what I love: dancing, flowing, balancing stuff (Zumba, Piloxing, Pilates, Yoga, LeBarre) and programs that give me the creative freedom to add my style into strength training (LeHIIT, LeBoot) because when I teach you get 100% Tasha. It’s the beauty of doing what you love. I would be lying if I said it was always easy but I have done better teaching one of those classes after having an emotional melt down than I would have if I had to teach step. If I knew I had to teach step after a day like today, honestly, my heart wasn’t in it. I would have called in sick.
Being on fleek in your group fitness classes goes way below the surface. Be willing to surrender to your desire for it to be about you. You may a new world opening up when you go beyond what people see and get into what they feel.
Do you teach group fitness? What do you teach? How authentic are you with your students?
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