I was told fans in a group x class helps to circulate the air and maintain a healthier, cleaner environment. Is this not true? Are fans beneficial? I’ve tried to teach without them and I almost passed out after 15 minutes of a 60 minute class. Members think they are losing more weight with the fans off since they sweat more.
Hi Colleen. While your members are correct that they may lose more ‘water weight’ without fans or other cooling devices, they need to know that this ‘loss’ is very temporary since it returns once they rehydrate. But, aside from this fallacy, the truth is not overheating during their exercise is simply safer for them and I agree that I would simply make use of the fans, or at least maintaining the workout areas/gym at a safe and recommended temperature MANDATORY – end of story. After all, there are gym standards out there for recommended temperatures in the gym.
I hope that this helps.
When I teach my classes I am in control of the fans. I always accommodate a request to turn them on because my concern is overheating. (I let my class know this). You will always have some who don’t want them on–you can’t please everyone! Stand your ground and do what is best for the class. They will respect you for it.
Take care and good luck!
Aside from the sweat to loose weight myth (echoing Karin’s sigh here) you might point out that a moist warm environment is a great place to grow fungus and bacteria. Good ventilation is probably even more important than the fans.
I do agree with Harris that you need to make an executive decision on this. A good start is to ask the facility if there is a rule about the fans/temperature etc, and then let your students know that that is the policy and you must enforce it.
I teach yoga at a place that has one room that is shared with aerobics. The temperature is kept cooler, with which I agree. It would be more comfortable for us to be 10 degrees warmer, but it would be dangerous for them!
Good luck with this.
Thanks for the responses. Some of my members feel the fans are circulating germs and that when the fans on they are getting sick from germs of other members. It’s a constant battle. I’ve had people turn the fans off right after I turned them on and walked back to the front of the room. It’s crazy!!!