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?
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.