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Have You Ever Walked Out of a Group Fitness Class?


Even if kickboxing or step aerobics aren't your ideal fitness experience, working out in a group can buoy your spirits and help motivate you to push yourself. That being said, occasionally there's a sub standing in for your favorite teacher and you just can't hack it. Or you try a new class, realize you're in over your head, and fear injury if you finish. I have quietly moved to the back of a workout studio and slipped out the door to finish a workout on a treadmill when a class just wasn't moving enough for me. What about you?

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ayuninur ayuninur 6 years
I never take group exercise classes..lol!
mtn-girl mtn-girl 6 years
There is a yoga teacher at my gym that is very full of herself (loves to look at herself in the mirror) and tells people to sit down - not even child's pose-if they can't do a series or pose. She offers no modifications and I've seen many people walk out frustrated or embarassed. I took her class before, by accident and refuse to step foot in it if she's subbing for my favorite teachers.
TammyO TammyO 6 years
Never have. I take a Zumba class every week and I love it, even though I'm the most uncoordinated person in there. There is one woman in our class who walks out between every dang dance number to run to the water fountain and I know it shouldn't bother me but it drives me crazy. All I can think everytime she pops out and back into the class again is, "Do you have something against water bottles, lady!"
katie225 katie225 6 years
i've walked out of a cycle class once. i wanted to try the class because she was/is a really popular instructor and it's hard to get into her class. i left halfway through because all she played was 80s hairband songs (which is why the class was packed full of women who obviously were groupies during the 80s) AND she kept the lights on! now, i'm a cycle instructor myself and i do NOT feel bad when someone leaves because i don't want anybody wasting their time in my class. if my music isn't your style, then please find an instructor who has your style of music. everybody's tastes are different, and there's bound to be an instructor with your style of music. not many people walk out of my classes, though. :) i'm also a TKB instructor, but not many people walk out of that class since all the music and the choreography is basically the same for each class.
svavakr svavakr 6 years
I once attended a Taebo class at my gym with my sisters. What we didn't know was that it was a very advanced class with a guest trainer from Brazil. All of the trainers from the gym where there.. and me ad my sisters. The class was so intense, and the trainer obviously saw that I was not keeping up and came to me over and over to make me punch him, I apparently didn't do it right so he got pretty frustrated with us. When my face had turned a shade of purple I gave up and we fled the scene. That was pretty embarrassing.
FitBnnie FitBnnie 6 years
Only once. I had never taken this instructor's class before. I was so upset to find out her music was terrible, her voice very irritating, and her class not challenging at all. I know it's up to me to work hard during the class, but if the instructor is doing nothing, I may as well go do cardio by myself because I'll work harder and have enjoyable music. I felt really terrible about ditching so in the future I've always make sure to ask about the instructor's style to avoid being rude.
jessfish25 jessfish25 6 years
I normally don't ever walk out of a class, I feel that it's just too rude. But I tried a Everlast Shadow Boxing class at 24hr fitness, thinking I could learn the moves like I did for their fun Kickboxing class... except this teacher moved SO fast... leaving no time for beginners like myself to catch up or catch on... I had to leave and spend my gym time doing something more productive than standing there with a puzzled look on my face.
vanillabean vanillabean 6 years
There is one instructor I am not fond of because I can't stand her screaching when she prompts/cues the class on the next move or tries to motivate. And she also does the steps as though she is on crack, or a fast forward DVD. I tried to stick it out once, but that voice! Therefore, whenever she subs for my regular instructor I peek in the room, and if it's her, I quickly make a run for the treadmills.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
katieb- i had a bra malfucntion several times too which caused me to flee from the spin bike to fix it. My sports bra had hooks and snap buttons in the back but somehow the hooks disdlodged and then the buttons snapped and out popped my boobs. Luckily, I usually wear a big and loose t-shirt so I could make it to the locker rooms unnoticed:) It happened twice in one class and two other times in other classes. I put it back in place and returned to my bike to work out at a lower intesity.
Lilavatti Lilavatti 6 years
I go to a gym where it's totally okay - there are bikes and ellipticals all around the room and you can switch from the to the class and back at any time. That's great for trying out the activities.
biarose biarose 6 years
Exactly why I prefer to exercise alone!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 6 years
Every week I leave my pilates class a couple of minutes before the instructor ends, so I can get home and have dinner on my normal schedule. She and I are friendly and I've explained the situation to her, so she's totally fine with it. Basically she always goes over the hour long class, and I can't commit to those extra five minutes or so, because frankly I'm a busy woman!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Yes - I took a spin class with an instructor who clearly had no idea what he was doing and thought that screaming at the class was a good motivational tool. I wiped down my machine and got the hell out of there.
bleached bleached 6 years
I've only done it once and it was because it was a new class I hadn't done before. I hadn't eaten enough to compensate for the intensity and I almost fainted. That was the only time I had to leave a group class
katieb82981 katieb82981 6 years
I took a class called Cardio Gymstick, which turned out to require a lot more dance-like ability than I possess, despite my best efforts. In other classes where this is a problem, I don't worry too much about it because there are so many other people -- but there were only four other students in the class. I was so embarrassed that I wanted to leave ... but I didn't. Even better, once I forgot to bring a sports bra to change into and ended up trying to get through a class that contained a lot of spirited jumping around with only a regular bra. Just my luck, the underwire popped through the bra and began to make a break for it. I dropped my weights and ran out of the room ... but I decided to just pull out the wire and continue the class ... while moderating my own jumping. :)
Kensington7 Kensington7 6 years
I walked out of a spin class, the teacher was playing the worst music - jazz and country, not something I want to workout to! I wasn't getting anything out of the class and my heart rate had barely risen while usually I'm dripping in sweat.
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 6 years
If you're a yoga instructor for a beginner's yoga class, do NOT try to show off your human pretzel skills to everyone there to feel good about yourself. B/c, from experience, no one will show up the next week.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
I've only walked out of a couple classes when I couldn't stop coughing and had trouble breathing because of it in water aerobics. I love the class too and always felt so bad for leaving in the middle and I haven't been back since July. :( There were a couple other classes that I wanted to walk out of, like a cycle class with a sub who was sooooo boring! I could barely hear her, hardly any motivation and the music sucked. I only stuck with it because the class was at 545am and I got up at 420 just to get a damn bike. And another cycle class at a gym closer to me but I don't like the bikes and the instructor was a sub. . . If I'm trying something new, I generally try to stick through the classes to see if they pick up but if it lacks that spark for me, I go for something else.
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