I am currently enrolled in a Zumba class and back in September I raved about it. (Ah yes, the use of past tense. That is always a sign. Please also note that the word “good” was omitted. )
There was a break between classes and first session back the group is there but the instructor is missing. It was very strange. Everyone waited for a bit then left. Zumba fail. Clearly there was a mix up.
I missed the second session back. I had a legit reason if you are calling standing up from being seated on my living room couch and managing to twist my knee out of whack legit. I stand up and then I am hobbling for several days. Awesome. Luckily after rest and ice I was fine but clearly if I can barely walk up stairs Zumba moves are not a smart idea.
My knee gets better by the next class. I brave through a cranky stomach and go to class. I’m running a bit later than planned and have to deal with some annoying traffic but make it to class in time. Being rushed to a class never works well for me because then I have to get out of grr/arg mode. I figured I’d just sweat out the aggravation.
However, the aggravation just morphed into a new version. The instructor from the first time was no longer teaching the class. I never asked anyone why since I figured the class was still running so that would work.
What I liked about the first class was that I felt like I really got a workout. If I am spending an hour doing high intensity, or at least to me, fitness then I expect to be a gross sweaty mess by the end. That is how I headed home. I was even brave enough to take a “before” picture figuring once this class had ended I would see and feel a difference. Standing in front of a light colored wall while wearing semi-dark workout attire isn’t something that I normally do.
So I had my “before” picture but there is not going to be a fair “after” one.
I don’t know the new instructor so I can really talk about her personally. She might be a super duper fantabolous person but I wasn’t too thrilled with her as an instructor. While I know everyone has different styles and approaches to get others moving, she was increasing my snark level and not my motivation level. Realistically, if I wasn’t taking the class with my MiL and BiL’s girlfriend as well as not had missed the prior class, I would have seen if a refund was possible. I had attended a similar class before. No change in weight (my goal was not to maintain) nor did I feel any fitter was what I got in the end.
I know I didn’t whole heartedly participate in the class. I just couldn’t connect.
- Talk about her high schoolers and their routines
- The “wait let me do this so I can explain it”
- A modified version of the Thriller dance
- Finishing all the routines (until she learned new ones for next week)
- Doing country line dancing due to the routine situation above
- Breaking a decent sweat 40 minutes into a 60 minute class
Have you ever have a class change once you have signed up? Was it for better or for worse?