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Body Sculpting take 2

I went three weeks ago, but my mom came over the following week and last week I was doing the clear liquids thing, so I didn't go.

And, oh my goodness. This was. Not good.

The teacher was new. I think she was new in general, not just new to the gym.

And she was *hard* - too hard even for my rebbitzen friend, who has been taking this class for a long time - and she made no allowances for different skill levels. Nor did she explain why proper form is important - she just ordered it. Felt like a drill sergeant. I understand proper form from martial arts, but not every beginner will. And for a lot of these, I'm either a beginner or just out of shape.

An instructor like this has to realize that not everyone is on the same level, much less on hers, and that telling people to go higher when they could barely lift their legs is not going to work. She also had people *pulsing* higher, and I will NOT do that. That's asking for an injury.

I was far from perfect last time - I couldn't do everything, and I felt the workout everywhere - but I left feeling that a few more sessions and I'd be more flexible and stronger. This time, I feel discouraged. I did more and had a harder workout, and I feel discouraged.


Make sure you make your concerns known to the manager/head/owner of the gym. They can either gently correct her ways of teaching, or remove her if enough people complain.

This was going to be my suggestion, as well.

Another vote for talking to the gym management, and specifically pointing out to them that their teacher is giving instructions that, if followed as given, will lead to injury. I don't care how many waivers they've gotten people to sign, that's irresponsible. If they point out that you signed X, Y, and Z, don't argue that point--though the waivers might not stand up to "the gym hired someone incompetent, and the members followed her instructions." Instead, point out that you thought they were concerned with the health of their members, not just avoiding lawsuits. (Also, there's a difference between "can't get the gym to pay the medical or other bills" and "can't tell all your friends that That Gym, Inc., hired someone who gave instructions that could have seriously injured you.)