I feel awful about this…Out of my 10+years of teaching group exercise classes, this is the first time that I have wanted to kick a participant out. I have had a young woman come to my kickboxing class 3 times now with a group of friends, she clearly doesn’t want to be there, but she comes anyway. She is disruptive (answering her phone when it rings, she stops and yells, “if she makes me jump one more time!”, stands in the middle of the class with the biggest attitude and won’t do anything). I swear, It’s completely disruptive, and no matter how much I try to motivate her, she is the biggest Debbie Downer! Has anyone else experienced anything like this before?
You all have provided me with wonderful insight, and advice on this issue. I work in a corporate-based wellness/fitness center, so I see my members pretty often throughout my building. Oddly enough, I ran into her (the young woman) this morning and had a little chat. I had a chance to think about it over night and decided to approach the situation empathetically. At first, I asked her if everything was okay, and I was concerned because she was not quite being herself, and was being disruptive during class. She said that she was not feeling well and was not in the best moods yesterday, and apologized. I then told her that I hoped that she was having a better day, and encouraged to ‘free her mind’ of that work stress when she crosses the threshold into the gym. I let her know that her downer affected the whole class, and had some people upset.Plus, a lot about trying to create a safe, positive environment, yada, yada, yada…and I reminded her that we all feed off the negative and positive energy in a group setting and wished that she would give of the good vibes that she wants to take in. Our talk didn’t end up being a big scolding, like I felt like giving her yesterday, yet we hashed out, and I think she is clear on what is expected now. Thanks again for all the kind words, and support!