We asked our instructors about the worst things about being an instructor. Make sure you read the article about the best things about being an instructor as well…. but here are a few things that make instructors lives difficult.
1) Some things clubs/venues do…..
When the club I’m training at doesn’t leave any time between classes for a set up
When in house staff come into your class to see how it SHOULD BE TAUGHT then the management get rid of us professionals and give classes to the in house staff. It’s really disheartening when you have built up a good rapport with your groups of members who attend the class YES this one point says it all, when numbers drop off from the in house staff teaching and the gym/health club lose members or revenue they call you again!
Not being paid on time or in some cases not at all!!
Problems with venues, such as double bookings, last minute cancellations, building maintenance issues, etc. with no compensation in return
Problems with facilities (like being double booked, money, site agents, and dirty floors)
Not getting paid or being paid late when covering a class
Venues cancelling at short notice
Venues putting up hall rent at a ridiculous rate
Halls cancelling an hour before class is due to start, grrrrrrr!
The ridiculous price of hiring halls especially in schools
A cold hall. If I was a dance teacher or aerobics teacher than the dynamic activity keeps the body warm. In Yoga we work a great deal on the mat, we work slowly often holding a posture and an essential part of the class is the meditation and relaxation. How do I keep my students warm when we work in such a slow or static way – with great difficulty!
2) Some things the participants do …..
People who come along but are unwilling to try out an exercise
People who are late, or just leave without saying anything
People that leave your class early or pack away their kit whilst everyone is stretching out and cooling off. IT’S RUDE!!
Pay as you go classes with people not turning up, resulting in loss of income
Not telling the instructor your issues – we don’t have a crystal ball!!
Not giving new classes a chance before quitting. It takes a good three classes to get into it
Participants grumbling about paying for a term when they can’t come for one week, we still have to pay for the hall
3) Equipment problems….
Carting equipment around
IPod is not charged (whoops!)
Having to have a big enough car to fit your equipment in
When some part of the equipment decides to suddenly not work – mic, ipod, amp
Studio’s that have either a missing microphone or a missing battery
4) The hours
Working all day when ill and still having to go to class with a huge smile on my face
Working all day, classes every night, new routines on Saturday and Study all day Sunday after Sunday morning class
Not taking a holiday because you don’t want to let anybody down
Spending all weekend trying new routines when everyone else is out
Having to teach class when feeling rotten with a cold
Sick days without cover
Being Ill and not getting paid for it
5) Fitting everything in…..
Fitting everything in, work, kids, class, paperwork
Getting home late at night tired and starving hungry
Having a full time job and being tired but not being able to show it!!
Rushing from class to class
Not feeling that it is physically good for my body to teach 7 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Finding suitable facilities
Having to do sodding tax returns
Teaching when it’s really hot
Actually finding a venue that is suitable and available when you need it
Finding room to store PA, paperwork etc. I’ve only got a small house!
Covering a class either for the private sector or city council the rate of pay varies and being a freelance instructor the professional based instructor who does all the courses to get the qualifications and increasing the numbers of participates at the various gyms and venues seems to be taken for granted and you do not get any recognition for their hard work.
Constantly analysing my marketing methods to ensure I have people signing up to my activities to bring in the business
Whenever an injury becomes apparent in your class/session
Its not all that bad, please read the article called best things about being an instructor.