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Dogmama2011-04-02 23:13:11 +0000 #1
I had to give up my evening spin teaching for personal reasons. I started getting emails from students who wanted to know when I would be coming back because they hated the replacement. I had not planned on returning soon, but felt like I'd let a lot of people down. I told them I'd teach an early morning (6AM) class 2X a week if there was interest. One student offered to pay my salary for 6 weeks until interest in the class was built up.

Adding a morning class was discussed while I was still teaching and the fitness director nixed it (said not enough interest & budget issues.) Now, some students went over her head and talked to her boss. It's getting ugly & I KNOW if I go back, I'll have the wrath of the fitness director to contend with (she has already emailed me.)

These two players are going to discuss it on Monday & get back to me.

So, here's the question: Is gym drama the norm? My main goal is to teach spinning - not to become a minor star in a soap opera.
OakLeaf2011-04-02 23:28:16 +0000 #2
I don't think it's in every workplace. I've worked at places that have been really political and places that were not.

I think since you'd already quit, there doesn't seem to be much reason to put yourself back in the middle of an ugly situation.
Muirenn2011-04-02 23:45:20 +0000 #3
Have to agree.

And the directors' behavior shows a distinct lack of management/leadership skills. They are causing you problems even though you no longer work there. Not good.
Crankin2011-04-02 23:47:51 +0000 #4
This is why I quit the gym and why I stopped teaching fitness classes.

Too much drama.
indysteel2011-04-03 00:39:59 +0000 #5
Ugh; how ridiculous. It sounds like the fitness director is taking this way too personally--for no good reason. If you want to start teaching again, I'd try to find another gym.
Irulan2011-04-03 01:04:11 +0000 #6
sounds like middle school.
Dogmama2011-04-02 23:31:53 +0000 #7
I'm still getting emails from students who want me to teach an early morning class. I'm willing to do that, especially because the administration won't be there at 6AM!!! One person offered to pay my salary for 6 weeks. Yet, they want to do a "survey" to see what interest there would be in a 6AM or 6:30 AM class and what days of the week they want. It's insane. Just post the class, let me teach it & if it fails, so be it. That's what they do for all of the aerobic classes - I don't know why spin is different.

Bottom line is that I don't want to let my students down. They really liked my ***-kicking classes. I work hard to put together sets that will be challenging but give variety and a complete workout. I think they recognize that. I've been to other teachers where all they do is play techno music and give little instruction. Yuck. Never knew that an hour could drag by so slowly - except for 4PM on a Friday...

I built up a nice little cohort of spinners & they've said they want an early morning class. So, assuming that the crap is minimal, I'll probably teach it. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only person who has experienced gym drama. It's nuts. Never thought egos would be so huge in a gym fercryinoutloud.

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