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Julia Krawitz
Queensland
QLD
Australia

The Smallest Things Can Contribute Beyond Our Knowledge

Submitted into: Miracles of Lessons in Life Category,

On: 2015-09-13 22:22:34

I have often wondered how much difference I really make to the people who come to my fitness classes.  I know that I give 110 percent of my energy and try to be as positive and motivating as possible.  Unbeknown to most participants this 110 percent was becoming an increasing struggle about ten months ago because the aftermath of each class seemed to result in ongoing illness and inflammation.

About ten years ago I started instructing what is commonly called group fitness classes.  The ones where you see people walk in looking fresh and happy and walk out dripping wet as though they have been standing under hot shower - particularly as they come out red too!

I have always loved the gym.  In fact I joined one when I was seventeen.  That was and is how much I love it.  It’s not just about one thing - it’s not just the endorphins, or keeping the weight in check; it’s not just the ability to eat a little more, or the social atmosphere....it’s a combination of things.  It’s about being positive.  It’s about achieving goals.  It’s about being with like-minded people. 

Back when I first started out, I believe I recall,  they still called classes aerobics.  In fact I can still smell the heat of the sauna as it burnt my nostrils as I stretched after a workout...and hear the conversation of the jockey who was stripping 5 kilograms via water reduction for his race on the weekend!

As a participant you may not realise the industry is quite a harsh one.  Instructors criticize other instructors and in turn instructors questions their own capabilities.  My recent masters research uncovered the vast number of qualified instructors in the market revealing instructors are a dime a dozen kind of breed...easily replaceable.  It also highlighted there is often a jockeying for position (aka classes) because technically there is not enough work to go around.

I don’t care much for negative reinforcement but know that I have suffered my times of great doubt and insecurity about persevering ‘on stage’.   My personal belief is that every instructor brings their own art, or personality, to a class.  I recognise we are unique and provide our participants with different experiences so I focus on my participants loving the classes, which means they will come back.    And whilst repeat business means ongoing money for the establishments I instruct for, my main concern is that the people in my classes take something away from the class, that genuinely helps them to reach a personal goal...or helps them to escape from whatever is going on. 

By their nature gym classes at the maximum are one hour duration.  People are in and out.  There is a tight schedule to maintain.  Participants are busy.  People have things to do and places to be.  ‘Catch ups’ can be as brief as ‘how are you today?’  Feedback is unlike that which is sought in the professional learning and development arena that I also work.  It is less tangible and more on the fly.  Minimal.  Fleeting.  Feedback is summarised by the number of participants who attend a class on average.  Irrespective.  It doesn’t matter if it’s holiday season or the middle of winter.

So after a long bout of illness where no scientific medical remedies seemed to work I sat in my local doctors surgery questioning the value of instructing.  Of continuing.  It felt like the easiest thing to say ‘no more’.  I questioned the contribution I was making to each participant and weighed up what appeared to be the ramifications on my body.

My doctor was aghast at my suggestion of quitting.  She reinforced my art: ‘your participants love you!  You have no idea how inspiring you are to young women out there’.  As if to answer my self-doubt, about what I thought were ‘motherhood’ statements, she told me that her daughter was one of my participants.  A daughter whose first session with me was tentative, where we modified most moves, to a super seasoned, super fit individual who had exceeded her goals!

I then remembered my motivation.  It took just a few sentences - and one success story - to realise I had and was living my dream and helping others realise theirs and create miracles in their lives.  I guess sometimes we have to be really tested to make us realise whether our energy is being used on the right path.

Julia Krawitz, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia