Teaching POP at 24hr Fitness

So I haven’t posted about it yet, but I recently got a job with 24 Hour Fitness in Windward City (Kaneohe, HI) and I had my first class yesterday! I was soooo nervous this weekend and studied really hard, but was scared that I was going to blank out. Thankfully, I went to class prepared. Future POP instructors, here are some tips!

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Bring a bag with:

  • extra batteries (depends on the mic transmitter–might be AAA or a 9 volt)
  • aux cord
  • adaptors
  • windscreen for your mic
  • Tune belt (I bought mine directly from their online store. While Amazon sells it for $2 cheaper, Tune belt shipped my vertical microphone transmitter SUPER fast. It got to me in less than a week–which is saying something because they sent it all the way from Ohio to Hawaii in 5 days! Thank you, Tune belt for being awesome!)
  • chapstick
  • Extra speaker
  • and don’t forget your POP bracelet!

Oh, and I also brought a little notecard with the names of tracks and moves I would preview between each track. It helped me immensely when I forgot which track came after what (only got confused with the back/obliques tracks).

My class was at 7PM, so I got there at 6:30PM to scope out the place and get my sign-in fingerprint sorted out.

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My heart pounded quickly in my chest as I glanced at my watch.

6:50pm.

I stood outside the packed GX classroom, hearing the hyped up music through the glass entrance doors.

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My throat felt so dry, I kept having to take small sips of water every few minutes, hoping that I wouldn’t have to pee during the middle of class. How many people would show up?! I knew my Group X Manager would attend, which made me even MORE nervous! I always have this fear of failure nagging at the back of my mind.  This post, which I saw earlier in the day, gave me courage:

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The caption was so fitting, too. POP Pilates Official posted this on their Insta and wrote:

“Taking risks is scary. What if you don’t make it? What if you fail? Well, what’s even scarier is staying in the exact same spot. Not changing. Not getting better. So TAKE that risk. It’s worth the change.”

Love it. With this picture and those words in mind, I reminded myself to BREATHE and change that fear into excitement. Feeling powerful in my POPFLEX gear (Your Highness leggings and POP Army tank), I walked into the GX room. Thankfully the Group X Manager helped me set up the mic and stereo, so I was set to go in no time.

I quickly introduced myself to the small group scattered about the room, giving them a brief intro to what POP Pilates is and what to expect.

Here we go, I thought as I started up my music.

And you know what? Everything flowed! Because I’ve been practicing the different tracks for so long, each move/cue/modification came to me pretty easily. While I needed to take a quick peek at my note card, it didn’t hinder the flow of the class. I smiled as much as I could (even though everyone looked mostly tired lol) and tried my best to encourage them to do their best. I noticed I needed to modify for the more advanced moves, like the teaser and plank jack combos. (which was perfectly fine with me because it gave me a break, too). I think the best moment is when I glanced at one my students, beamed a smile at them, and they smiled right back! 😀 I had lots of fun, and I’m hoping they did, too.

At the end of the class, my Group X manager (who’s so awesome for taking my first class) gave me positive feedback and said that I was very “cutesy” and liked how I was always smiling and offered modifications. SWEET! While she won’t be able to take all of my classes, I appreciate how she took the time out of her busy schedule (of running ALL the GX classes on the island! and probably more!) to show me around the gym and take my first class.

I was so excited that I forgot to take a group picture! *facepalms* so I just took a post-POP selfie:

 

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first day: COMPLETE

I’m so glad my first class went as well as it did. I think it’s so cool to have followed this format since 2011–back when I was just following along to Blogilates’ YouTube videos in my dorm room –to this point, 6 years later: a POPster turned POP Pilates instructor teaching in a gym! How crazy is that?

I am so excited for next week!

 

 

 

 

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