I have some news you guys. I quit teaching BodyPump. I know, I know. You were’t expecting that. I wasn’t really expecting that. I am still kind of in denial that last Friday was my last day. And I’m really sad about it. I really want to do some big projects, and in the ongoing saga of being busy, and getting better at saying no, I needed to open up my schedule. So something had to go. Sadly that thing was teaching BodyPump.
I’ve been reflecting on all the things that teaching Bodypump has helped me learn, and I wanted to share them with you.
The 5 Universal Truths I Learned From Teaching BodyPump
Making Other People Feel Good Makes Me Feel Good.
This is actually something I’ve have known for a long time, but teaching Pump crystallizes this feeling. There’s actually a bunch of science showing that kindness to others and charitable giving makes us happy. On a chemical level. So it makes sense that making other people feel good about themselves would also make me feel good about myself. And I’m not just talking about throwing around empty compliments. I’m talking about pushing someone to see what they are capable of, to get someone hooked on fitness, and change their lives. To show someone how strong they are physically and mentally. To be that person who helps them re-define what they can do. It comes out in full force when you are asking someone to push themselves hard, while pushing yourself hard. It’s like you have a connection to that person, and a trust thing going on, so when you make them feel good- if by showing them what they are capable of, or noticing and complimenting their achievements- it means all the more. And that feels amazing!
I need to work on being okay with not everyone liking me.
That expression praise and blame is all the same. That is one of those things that I think I’ll have to work on for the rest of my life. The people I admire the most, are those who do this best. I am bad at this. It bothers me when people don’t like me or my teaching style or my class. That’s lame, because if they like me or not, it’s not going to change me one bit. That’s different than not improving, or taking constructive criticism. We should always work on improving. So I need to get over it.
Everybody Learns Differently, and not everybody learns the same way I do.
I am more of a visual and spatial learner. Some people learn kinesthetically. For too long I felt frustrated that my members “weren’t listening to me.” But the problem wasn’t them, it was me. I was explaining what I meant in terms that only I could understand. Once I learned that some of my members were only able to understand what I was talking about in terms of the way it would feel, I started to see improvements in some of them. I think this truth can be applied to so much more than learning styles when looking at the vastness and diversity of the world.
I have limitless Potential and so do you.
This is a girls on the run thing. But it is something that is personified in BodyPump every time I teach. One of the reasons I love group fitness, and particularly pre-choreographed group fitness, is that I push myself harder than I ever would otherwise. Falling in love with fitness was something I never thought was possible. When I was in elementary school, I was always in the last finishers in the 50 yard dash on field day. I never even made the JV team in high school. I was never the “athletic” one. But changing my attitude about what I am capable of changed everything for me. And I realize that not just physically, but in everything, I have limitless potential. It is the mind that holds us back.
It’s okay to Drop the mic.
There is so much that I want to do in my life. And stopping here and filling my time with BodyPump is not allowing myself to do all of the other things I want to do. I am sure there are going to be many many moments when I regret this decision, and many where I miss teaching, but I am going to repeat this to myself: I rocked that, now it is time to do something else. Because dropping the mic is not the same thing as quitting. It’s just being done with something. And leaving it at that.