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.
To make this as simple as possible since this is your class and you make the rules, if you think the fans need to stay on then that’s it. Unless the description of the class states that there will be no fans turned on then there is no reason why you can’t keep them on. I’m sure there are other participants who would like the fans turned on during the class. Also, safety and health issues are also in play here.
Many people mistakenly believe the myth that sweating helps with weight loss. This article has a good explanation to debunk that: http://www.livestrong.com/article/414612-how-does-sweating-make-you-lose…. As Harris mentioned there can be health risks with overheating. If people do not like the fans suggest they position themselves further away. You can also point out that it is easier to work harder when the body is not overheated, and they will burn more calories that way.
it seems that some myths never die. The other day I saw those ‘sweat suits’ in a store 🙁
If you felt almost like passing out after 15 minutes of teaching, you already have the answer whether fans are beneficial. Do not forget that your personal health and safety should be your first concern.
You can point out the risks of overheating, and if your participants still insist, they can put on an extra sweater in your class.
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!!!
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.