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Rules of being a (good) friend with a Group Fitness Instructor


Forward this to your non-instructor friends: 

Let them sleep

Don’t make dinner reservations for 8pm or book a movie at 930pm. While you might be able to get by on a few hours sleep then turn up to work and slump behind a computer, a group fitness instructor actually has to be alert and energised. While certainly they are capable of turning up to class sleep deprived and pulling off an Oscar winning performance, this display of pretend energy is 1000 times more draining than the workout itself.

How to be a good friend: don’t encourage us to stay out. Days can start as early as 5am. If you’re talking 8-hour work days, technically our day should be over by 1pm and it’s rarely not. It usually continues well in to the evening. When we say we’re tired and need to go, we’re are not just saying it to get away from you (unless you suck).


Your friend here talks, engages, processes, problem solves and makes sure no one is dead, all in the space of 5-seconds on repeat as part of their class. There is no switching off in work mode. So when they finish class the last thing they want to do is talk, engage, process, problem solve and make sure no one is dead.

How to be a good friend: Just give us 10-minutes to decompress our little brain and maybe drool a little; we will be back to normal person mode in no time.

Understand the crazy requirements

The couple of weeks before launching a new release is generally spent cramming choreography in to an already crammed head. This process includes any or all of the following:

  • Listening to the same song on loop for days on end
  • Laying on the sofa while doing pretend bicep curls
  • Pulling frightening faces as they pretend coach
  • Going in to denial as they pretend know the chorey
  • Crying in the corner

How to be a good friend: Accept the crazy requirements and bring us snacks.

Any other rules to add?

This article originally appeared here and is republished with permission