Last week I invited my friend and client and fitness superstar trainer Jill to come try her first Bod Squad class!
Today at her first personal training session since the class she told me how awesome of a time she had AND loved how friendly and nice everyone was.
I realized then and there how much I really do take it for granted just how awesome our Bod Squad community is. I don't mean to brag but I'll just come right out and say it – Bod Squaders are the nicest people ever. Everyone is just supportive and friendly and sweet … and if they aren't then I MAKE THEM BE THAT WAY. Kidding! … But not really. I have a zero tolerance policy for meanness mixed with sweatiness.
When I first started my classes I knew that I wanted to create a space where people felt welcome, challenged and safe. Everyone knows everyones name, if someone does something great I always point them out and everyone cheers them on. It's awesome. We are all in this together!
I can't tell you how many fitness classes I've been to in my 26 years and been just blown away at how bitchy/rude some the atmosphere can be. Listen: there is no such thing as a reserved spot in an aerobics class. And if you're 25 minutes late you really have no business coming in and running to the front of the room. I've seen someone try to turn the heat up in a hot yoga class! I saw a lady yelled at a young girl once who tried to open a window in Pilates – how dare she want fresh air! Can't we all just get along?! I do absolutely see it as my job to set the tone as the teacher but ultimately it's up to everyone.
The next time you're in a fitness class try putting away someone else's weights – you're going back to the rack anyway what's two more things to carry? Maybe offering them a towel if you're going to get one. If they are super strong – tell them that you're impressed with them! A little goes a long way. After all we are all just humans here with the same goal: to look great naked and be younger next year.