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.
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!
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.