Do you like subs?
No…not the kind you eat! Fitness class subs! You, silly.
Sit back, relax, grab a sub and enjoy my tale of subbing woe.
I know that everyone has teachers that they love and very rarely stray from them. I use to be one of these people. The regular teacher wouldn’t be there and the “ugh, it’s a sub” chorus sang in my head. Thoughts of “should I leave?” would enter my brain. I have to say though, sometimes a sub can surprise you and you can find another teacher that you love.
Well, last week I subbed a spin class and a bootcamp class.
I was subbing the most popular spin teacher’s class. Was I nervous? A bit. I know that everyone loves her and I was just hoping that no one would hate me and walk out. I’ve taken her class a couple times before and I think she is good. Is she the best spin teacher I’ve ever had? No. Not by a long shot. I’ve taken classes with some pretty amazing instructors. She’s been teaching at the gym for 15 years or something, so you know some people would never fathom taking another teacher. People get really set in their ways, especially in spin. Some people won’t ever even change up which bike they sit in. I actually think having a favorite bike is pretty darn common.
So, how did I do? No one walked out, so I was happy about that! Did I think they loved me? Eh. It’s always hard to tell. I always tend to think that everyone hates me– it’s my self deprecating attitude. I always second guess my song/profile choices. I just want every spin t0 be challenging and fun. I know my style is a bit different from the regular instructor, but I’m pretty sure they all got a good workout in. I was talking to a guy who regularly comes to my classes as well and he didn’t think that anyone would have hated me and told me it was a good class. That made me feel a bit better. It was fun to have a large class and maybe one or two will show up at one of my classes! Well, probably not since my regular class is at 6:15am and this was a 5:30pm class, but hey…a girl can hope!
I also subbed bootcamp last week. I ran in to the teacher who regularly teaches and she gave me permission to kick their butts. I was excited to sub bootcamp again as it had been a while since I got to teach a bootcamp class. I put together a pretty butt kicking workout complete with stations, tabatas, and ending with the famous Sally. The people in class said it was a great workout and loved/hated Sally. The only bummer was there was only three people in class. Yep. Insert sad face. People got word that the regular instructor was going to be out and decided to skip out on Saturday’s bootcamp class. Bummer! It is always a bit disheartening when you spend time putting together a workout and get low attendance numbers. Oh well. More one-on-one attention for the people who were there. I am big on correct form, so I like being able to really pay attention to each participant.
What do you think? If there is a sub do you skip out? Ever find an awesome instructor because they were a sub?