Don’t ask what that title means because I’m not really sure, but it came to me, so I went with it.
Yesterday was Thursday so I had my usual 6:45p class at X Gym.
X Gym has about 32 bikes in their spin room. At the start of class I had 13 people. One had told me that he was going to leave about 15 minutes in to the class due to a prior commitment. (I think it’s always nice when members give you a heads up about that sort of thing.) It was a small class, but small is OK at times.
The class ended with 11 people, of the 11, I’d say that about 5 of them were working hard and that maybe half of them were doing what I was instructing. I know that spin is very individualized and that part of the appeal is that you can do what you want, but when it’s a small group and that many people are doing their own thing, I find it distracting. Last night specifically, it kind of left me feeling useless. I really felt like I was teaching to an empty room.
Spin usually leaves me feeling energized and happy. Last night it left me feeling annoyed and deflated. The icing on the cake was when at the end of the class one woman decided that she should climb a hill (hand position 3) while pedaling backwards. My “we should all be pedalling forward” did nothing to divert her. It was maddening.
As silly as it sounds, last night’s class has left me thinking about leaving this particular gym. I know that summers are hard and that things will likely pick up in the fall, but there are still quite a few Thursdays I’ll have to teach before the season change.
I’ve been teaching at this facility for a little over a year and find that my so-so classes have way outweighed the great ones.
Have any instructors dealt with something similar and if so, what did you do? I left a former gym due to frustrations with management. I got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying the class, so I chose to leave. But that was a little different in my eyes.
Right now I’m torn with trying to stick it out until the fall, subbing out a bunch of my classes for the next two months, or just deciding to give up the class and remain on staff as a sub. Given that this gym pays $20/class I’ve probably already spent too much time thinking about this.