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Being the Only One in a Group Exercise Class

Speak Up: Do You Like Taking an Empty Fitness Class?

When I work the front desk at my yoga studio, I notice anything from the weather outside to an upcoming holiday can mean the difference between a busy session and a class with only one or two students. Some studios have a policy of canceling the class if there aren't enough people, and others shorten it depending on how many people show up.

The advantages of being the only one in your group exercise class, of course, is the personalized attention and communication you get with the teacher, which means working at your individual level and having the help you need with any positions or exercises. But for some group class newbies, having all that focus on you can be unwanted.

What's your opinion: do you like the individualized attention, or do you feel self-conscious when there's no one else in the class?

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I don't mind if there are only a few people, but if there are less than four other people (not including the teacher) it feels awkward to me. I was once in a kickboxing class that I LOVED but there was almost always only me and two other students. It was a little weird, and eventually the class was cancelled. I was really sad, but did feel less awkward!
adtafoya adtafoya 6 years
^ Yeah, I completely agree. Once at my old studio, I was the only one who came to class and, at first I was totally dreading it. Especially, since it was like my third week of ever doing yoga! Yikes!However, the instructor was so sweet and really helpful. It was great having the extra attention and was one of my best yoga classes to date. I learned SO much about my individual practice!
adtafoya adtafoya 6 years
^ Yeah, I completely agree. Once at my old studio, I was the only one who came to class and, at first I was totally dreading it. Especially, since it was like my third week of ever doing yoga! Yikes! However, the instructor was so sweet and really helpful. It was great having the extra attention and was one of my best yoga classes to date. I learned SO much about my individual practice!
lixystix lixystix 6 years
It's a little awkward, but everyone can benefit from one on one attention, especially in yoga. Having someone customize their pointers to your form is so great for deepening your practice. So many people pay hundreds of dollars for private lessons just to get that attention, so if you're lucky enough to experience it on accident go with it!
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