August 30, 2010
Confessions of a Fitness Leader
The University of Victoria put into place a rule of dress in their fitness center a long time ago. Students, staff, faculty, were/are not allowed to wear tank tops; only t-shirts (and, of course, shorts/pants/etc....that would just be gross). The result was a more welcoming and less intimidating atmosphere for those just starting to visit a gym. It was brilliant. I don't see this anywhere else to this day, but hope, one day it will become the norm.
If there are any fitness professionals reading this blog, I highly recommend that you leave the tanks and skimpy outfits at home and teach in t-shirts. The research is there to support this as a way to bring in new members, increase class enjoyment, and keep them coming!
Any stories you want to share about your experiences in fitness classes would be very much appreciated.
Have a great Monday!