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10 Things That Drive Group Fitness Instructors Crazy

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    Late-Comers

    Ask any fitness professional what annoys them most and lateness is always at the top of the list. It's rude not only to the teacher, but to the other students as well. Many studios have lateness policies for this reason alone. Mistakes happen, but for the most part you should have the whole timeliness etiquette thing down.

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    Chatty Students

    We encourage you to invite friends to class because having a workout buddy can be great motivation. The problem is if you are maintaining a conversation and speaking over us. We know you're excited to catch up, but do it after your workout. During class is the wrong place and time—plus you should be paying attention to the instructor to avoid any confusion or accidents.

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    Bad Listeners

    Throughout a fitness class I always ask if anyone has any questions. I know there is a lot of information to absorb and couldn't possibly expect everyone to remember everything. What grinds my gears is when I explain something repeatedly and no one listens or decides to do things their way instead.

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    Rudeness

    There have been times when I've had male students who want to act superior to me in class and the energy is pretty obvious. They choose not to acknowledge my existence and do the exercises however they please. Why bother coming to class if you're not secure enough to take direction from someone of the opposite sex?

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    Overachievers

    This isn't about the people who challenge themselves in class. I'm referring to students who use horrible form and go with heavier weights than they should. If I tell you to go down a few pounds, it's because I'm trying to help you avoid any injuries and to teach you the proper form. While there are some people who are open to it, others just continue doing as they please. Again, if you aren't going to be open to guidance, maybe the class environment isn't for you.

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    Slackers

    Stopping even a few seconds short of the timer counts as quitting to any instructor. The whole idea in any class is for you to make use of those 45 or 60 minutes as efficiently as possible. "If I give you my 100 percent in class, I expect you to give the same back," says Robert Ramsey, TS Fitness and ICE HIIT instructor.

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    Underachievers

    On the other end of the spectrum from overachievers, there are also those who don't try as hard. "I've had women who refused to lift heavy because they were afraid of bulking up," says group fitness instructor Caitlyn Seitz. This is a common but totally unfounded myth. In fact, lifting heavy helps you gain lean muscle, which helps protects your bones and joints, keeping you healthier as you get older. If we see that you can lift heavier, it's our job to encourage you—we are here to challenge you and help you break through plateaus.

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    Cell Phone Users

    It's become a policy in many studios: Students are expected to keep their belongings—including their cell phones—in their lockers. There's nothing ruder than seeing someone who should be focused in class glued to their cell phone. Unless you're a doctor on call 24/7, there is NO reason to have your phone on you during this time. If you are expecting a call, be courteous and let your instructor know.

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    Bad Hygiene

    It's understood that you're going to sweat in a fitness class, but it doesn't mean that you should have horrible hygiene. Remember to wear some deodorant.

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    Dishonesty

    If your trainer asks you if you have injuries at the beginning of class, they are doing it for your own safety. We can modify for you if need be, but always tell us if we need to be aware of any mobility problems you may have.