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When Good Classes Go Bad

When Good Classes Go Bad

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Sarah

    Wow, I’m picturing your experience in my head and wondering how she was even certified to instruct anyone!

    I have to click with the instructor to really enjoy a class and want to go back. I had a yoga instructor earlier this year, who was okay, until he started trying to get me to take a small piece of carrot cake after yoga class (EVERY CLASS!) and made me feel guilty about it. I started just taking it and throwing it in the bushes when I was out of sight. It was completely ridiculous so I just decided to find another class I could actually enjoy without fear of carrot cake being foisted upon me.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wow! That is so bad. I would have a huge problem with a good pusher at a fitness class! Glad you found something else!

  2. Amber

    When I used to do spin classes I remember the instructor would make or break a class! I had an amazing instructor in my old city that I just loved and would go to her classes 3-4 times per week (this was before I started running). I’ve never had a spin instructor as good as she is so I’ve kind of dropped off of going and do most of my spinning at home now that we got a spin bike!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good instructors make or break a class for me!

  3. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy

    Yikes, she sounds just a wee bit insane. I’m often disappointed when a sub shows up for class because it just throws you off and the class isn’t what you expected. I really dislike when instructors act like they are trying to dominate you because hello, that is not the point. The point is to maybe push you, instruct well and inspire the class to keep going. Your dinner looks tasty.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Domination is not the point, or belittling! It should be encouraging!

  4. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

    The only class I’ve ever walked out of was a bad spin class. The instructor didn’t do a warm up, started with standing sprints and basically kept us standing for the first 10 minutes of class. I thought my legs were going to break from the strain. She also said anyone with their resistance below 10 was LAZY. That was it for me. I totally walked out. And the instructor made a snarky comment as I was leaving.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That is AWFUL. Did you report her to the gym?

  5. Karen@WaistingTime

    Yes. And I’ve always just sucked it up and stayed. I don’t have the balls to walk out!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The only reason I didn’t walk out is because I didn’t want to have to suck it up and make my own workout! 🙂

  6. Lisa

    Was she serious about the 205 heart rate?! I think the highest I’ve ever seen on my monitor was like 193, and I thought I was going to die. I’m with you, I definitely want to be encouraged and not just yelled at and made to feel like I’m not doing enough.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      YES she was serious about 205! I was shocked. I didn’t think that was a good thing for a lot of the people that were in that class.

  7. Lori

    I have never taken an exercise class before. I kind of wanted to try some, but the times never worked out for me. The gym I am at now doesn’t offer classes, but that is fine by me because it is only $99 for the year!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wow! $99 a year is AWESOME.

  8. Katie Squires

    Yikes, she sounds pretty awful. Can’t say I like that she seemed a little insulting and perhaps not safe…there is a reason for warming up. (you can certainly handle it, but perhaps other’s in the class needed that)

    But you did get a great workout and killed it!

    I am guilty of leaving class…I take a friday yoga class and its already a mind game for me because you don’t burn many cal’s…I have to tell myself there is a healthy purpose to the yoga beyond calorie burn 🙂 So one day when the usual instructor was replaced with another one who is famous for her slow and gentle approach I left…I didn’t feel like I was getting anything from it and could use my time better in the gym.

    I felt guilty after, rude, perhaps I should of stuck it out and challenged my mind to do that workout 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m totally with you, Katie. I know that yoga is good for me and that I definitely NEED it (especially as a runner) but it’s SO hard to make myself do it. I have to be in pretty bad shape to go to yoga. I’ve also been known to leave a yoga class early because I’d gotten enough stretching out of it and wanted to go.

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