I regret becoming a Pilates instructor

I've only taught at one place. The job is so demoralizing. I don't know if it's the studio's vibe, the general clientele (at this specific studio), or if it's teaching Pilates in itself. Maybe I will start feeling differently about teaching if I moved onto another studio. I am currently applying to other studios to see if it makes a difference.

I am trying to remind myself why I got into this in the first place. I do "love Pilates and want to share it" but I only feel that way towards certain people, and my current clientele at the studio are not one of them, and I am sure they can tell. I didn't even do it for me because I "love fitness" or "Pilates is my passion", it really is not. I don't give a frick about fitness in itself, I see it as a means to achieve something else. I started learning Pilates because I thought I could bring it back to my own specific community of underserved and disenfranchised people and wanted to make it more accessible to us, a lot of us are physically broken and poor and injured. I had money to burn and I already have passive income that can keep me financially stable. This is my "charity" and "giving back to the community".

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I had another student/friend who was applying for the same studio I am working at, and she said she walked away after the interview because she "doesn't agree with how the studio runs things and its values", and that she pretty much doesn't like the people there lol. I get it, and she had similar reason as me - she wanted to bring Pilates to her neighborhood and community that didn't really know about Pilates. I told her I knew what she meant, but I am going to get hired so I can put my time in and gain experience (so I can serve my own people better in the future). When I got hired at this particular studio, I already had an idea of what I was signing up for and it can be a culture clash and I will grit my teeth, but yeah I am really feeling the depth of it.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I am starting to regret investing so much time and money into becoming certified. It cost like $10k. But it did make my own Pilates practice better and give me a deeper understanding of anatomy and improved my overall fitness in such an efficient way. I started this because I wanted to bring Pilates to my community. Honestly they probably won't even appreciate what I am bringing to them, that's how dumb we are. We're a bunch of stupid fricks who also can't afford anything, and nobody actually gives a frick about us unless they just want to use us for virtue signalling until they get their PR agenda completed and then dump us again. But I do care about us. I even learn random shit to help improve my teaching practice. I want to be a formidable source of knowledge for my community, even though most of us are moronic and don't know better (or maybe that's exactly why I want to be a source for them).

      Frick.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/UiL3Fvc.png

      I am starting to regret investing so much time and money into becoming certified. It cost like $10k. But it did make my own Pilates practice better and give me a deeper understanding of anatomy and improved my overall fitness in such an efficient way. I started this because I wanted to bring Pilates to my community. Honestly they probably won't even appreciate what I am bringing to them, that's how dumb we are. We're a bunch of stupid fricks who also can't afford anything, and nobody actually gives a frick about us unless they just want to use us for virtue signalling until they get their PR agenda completed and then dump us again. But I do care about us. I even learn random shit to help improve my teaching practice. I want to be a formidable source of knowledge for my community, even though most of us are moronic and don't know better (or maybe that's exactly why I want to be a source for them).

      Frick.

      You're a fricking meme fitness instructor, your job is literally for bored housewives that have nothing better to do. Stop taking yourself too seriously and enjoy grifting upper class white women who have more money then they know what to do with.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/UiL3Fvc.png

      I am starting to regret investing so much time and money into becoming certified. It cost like $10k. But it did make my own Pilates practice better and give me a deeper understanding of anatomy and improved my overall fitness in such an efficient way. I started this because I wanted to bring Pilates to my community. Honestly they probably won't even appreciate what I am bringing to them, that's how dumb we are. We're a bunch of stupid fricks who also can't afford anything, and nobody actually gives a frick about us unless they just want to use us for virtue signalling until they get their PR agenda completed and then dump us again. But I do care about us. I even learn random shit to help improve my teaching practice. I want to be a formidable source of knowledge for my community, even though most of us are moronic and don't know better (or maybe that's exactly why I want to be a source for them).

      Frick.

      you regret it because you can't succeed? you regret it because other people are depressing? you sound like a baby, how about you just bang hot milfs and get a life.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    this has big underwater weighing energy

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      WHAT

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        they're referring to this one.
        you're in a tough spot, OP, but remember that you must secure your own oxygen mask before you can help others. Allah gave you a noble pursuit (that is, through helping others) and you must foster this desire carefully. take time away, focus on returning to helping those that inspired you to help in the first place. help your neighbor, like Allah willed you to do.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There's multiple issues you raise with your sense of work satisfaction.
    1. You do not like your work environment.
    What exactly are the aspects of your work environment you find problematic? You mentioned the clientele and I gather it's a socio-economic problem as it seems the hobby does not seem valuable to them.
    2. You struggle to find purpose in your work.
    You mention that although you do love your work and have a passion for it, it seems difficult for you to practically apply your love for it in your work. You also mention how one of your main motivator was doing ''charitable'' or ''human'' community work.

    My advice, OP.
    1. It feels like your main concerns to be resumed are :
    1. Lack of value and recognition
    2. Lack of meaning in what you do.

    How to fix it :
    1. How to add value and bring further recognition to your ''community work''? I suggest you go one step beyond and start applying Pilates charitably. I take it that you teach classes in a community center setting and have to deal with social community services who ''use'' you.
    You need to free yourself from any contractual relationship and move on to doing straight up charity work. You might not think it's financially viable but you can get funding and use your prior community work as bargaining chips with your local council to receive funding. You can also hold local fundraisers in order to fund equipment and studio renting. It will all be tax deductible as charity work, but you can still pay yourself a salary.

    2. Add meaning to your work : If you don't agree with the way social services provide health activities to your local community, then you can actively provide a solution by effectively targeting the aspects of it you do not agree with. Try and draw up a list of complaints you have towards them, and draw up a list of the solutions you could think of to fix those issues.
    Cont.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      For example : you feel like you want to live a long lasting mark on the community that goes beyond small performative ''free activities events'' every 2-3 months say the local council offers a free pilates class to its locals once a quarter or some shit.

      Why don't you provide a more long-lasting, meaningful and impactful solution to the community? How about you yourself, an accredited practitioner begin teaching people in your community to become instructors themselves? Seeing as it would provide work opportunity as well, this has a higher chance of drawing the most wanting of clients and also to deliver long lasting impacts over generations.
      You can use crowd funding as well, or local cooperative, or associative funding. For example, you look for other instructors in your area in various disciplines like yoga, zumba, etc...And propose that you all go into partnership to rent/open up your own studio to teach locally. You can actually work together to afford costs, but also get government funding if you do propose some form of charity kickback to the local community, if you go to council you can get tax deductions as well, etc.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My current actual clientele are the rich yuppy types. They're not the community I am aiming to work with in the future.

      But yeah. Crowdfunding and starting a nonprofit or charity for pro bono work is an idea. I was thinking of teaming up with a physical therapy clinic or sports medicine clinic.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if you wanted to help disenfranchised people you should've opened a skate board park or started an emo band cracker.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Its for my specific group of people, not just any disenfranchised people. My group are all adults.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm training to become an instructor right now. It's fun and you can really see watch the elderly regain their vitality but at the end of the day I'm aware that my primary demographic is going to be upper-middle class women and senior citizens.
    I'm honestly considering getting a personal trainer certification and then at a later point maybe consider going for being a DPT or at least a PTA. I hate how much money I need to spend to get certified in anything.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      As a PT your clientele will be upper class women and old people too

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do your job and have basic customer service.

    /thread

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like you're not really being clear with what your problem is and frankly I found your rant wordy, pointless and boring. What is your specific issue with the clientele? How about you just get to the point about it? I feel so icked out by how you have the audacity to b***h and moan from your little high horse while giving me crumbs as far as gossip goes. You should be ashamed of yourself

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    look, poor people are usually low IQ and obese. They are intimately related weather you like it or not. The kind of client you are looking for who actually wants to improve their lives for more than 2 weeks would probably be like 1 in 50.

    That said, to address your other problem, have you considered opening your own class through an online platform? You could run it at a park or something if you dont have your own space. Running a business has never been easier thanks to the internet and all the apps the kids have. You could avoid the gyms rules/culture and do things the way you want.

    The reality of being a fitness instructor of any kind is that you will have a high turnover of clients. Most will drop out, some will get the information and technique and start doing it themselves, and a small fraction will remain in your class IF you make it exciting/engaging for them. You already have a gimmick/specialty and that's probably half the battle. Keep at it and try different things. Teaching can be a rewarding experience in the right circumstances

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah my squad is a bunch of stupid poor people, ngl.

      I can do online classes, but I was thinking of setting up something physical with overhead at my community. Being a business owner and manager is a whole nother ballgame though.

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