There may be fitness instructors that look at teaching a class or two as a workout for themselves and that they are getting paid to workout. Those people are NOT well trained and they are definitely not the type of instructor you want to go to.
When I teach Pilates, I am standing the entire time. Spotting, watching form, guiding bodies to do what they need to do. From properly placing a toe to catching a 200 lb person, I do a lot in an hour.
When I am teaching a class that requires me to do some of the workout with the student, like Piloxing or cycling, I cannot work out at an intensity that would give me my best workout. I still need to talk and teach, look at form, keep everyone else motivated and moving. When teaching yoga, yes, I do enjoy a stretch here and there, but as a demo and then I am back to eyeballing knee caps, gently adjusting shoulders, and again, keeping the class flowing, my thoughts and words one, or three, steps ahead the entire time.
I am not complaining. I love what I do. I do get to be very active, I am not sitting at a desk, I am able to interact with people and see their bodies and lives change. I more than love it. But it is annoying and frustrating when my peers, acquaintances, and people I meet on the street think that I "work out for a living" or am basically home all day.
|Do I look like I am working out? Or working?|
I clock nearly 40 hours a week, not including drive time.
I spend just as much time and money, if not more, than the average 9-5'er on continuing education.
I have to be focused, physically engaged, and mentally aware the entire time I am teaching.
And I want to be. I don't want my students to leave with a sore neck, a potential injury, or even just a bad experience. Pilates, yoga, all other forms of fitness, can be life-changing and I am honored to be a part of it.
So, at the end of the day, it isn't so bad that