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.
Hello Raelene Bott,
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
Hi Raelene. Everything is negotiable, and I would say that you should listen to your intuition on this one! I make it a point to avoid signing Non-Compete clauses in my practice simply because they tend to only benefit the club/facility, and serve to limit your ability to freely work anywhere you want. In my opinion it’s always worth looking at “what do (will) I get from this? what is the trade-off for my doing this?” In this instance it sounds like there’s not much upside for you since you are relegated to only teaching ONE class there. The question you need to ask yourself is ‘are you willing to give up possible future teaching in the area in order to teach ONE class there? I know how I would answer that question 🙂
I hope that this helps.
I’m in agreement with the others and try to negotiate a contract that works for both of you. Right now, as you’ve described it, the non-compete only serves to benefit them. Tell them your thoughts and start with a more attractive negotiation. You’ll sign it if they agree to put 2 additional “freestyle” classes on the schedule that you will teach or that you will not teach any Les Mills classes for another gym. See what their reaction or come back is. But don’t settle for a contract that does not also benefit you. And be sure that there is a timeframe for the contract. As in, the contract is in effect only while you work for that gym or for a certain period of time.