Thought & opinions on signing a non compete form as a group fitness instructor?
I am a "freestyle" instructor at a Les Mills gym with no interest in teaching Les Mills. I teach one of the only two free form classes on the schedule. A gym is being built 10 miles away that will not be Les Mills. I'd like to take a class there but my current gym is requiring me to sign a non compete. I will never be able to increase the # of classes I teach because they will not add any more free form to the schedule. They say signing a non compete creates a real team feeling and will help us feel loyal to the gym. Signing a paper doesn't create loyalty, it is how I am treated and paid! What are your thoughts?
I have never heard that a group fitness instructor was asked to sign a non-compete contract. There is something in the back of my mind that wonders whether this is even legal because it restricts your ability to work.
I agree with you; creating loyalty is done through actions reciprocally.
Maybe, you could suggest signing a "no interest in teaching Les Mills" agreement?
You may have another bargaining chip: I will consider signing a non compete form when I am given x amount of free form classes to teach, in writing.
Bartering and compromising are ways to create loyalty.
Good luck to you with this.
NAPS 2 B Fit
I hope that this helps.
If you're unable to make a comfortable living, don't sign it. They may not want to work with you anymore but you'll be free to work other places.