Tuesday, December 14, 2010

While you are off on a beach somewhere...

 To my fabulous aerobics instructor, Oh:

Oh, how we will miss you!  While you are off on your honeymoon, sitting in the sun on a lovely beach in Thailand somewhere, a couple of substitute teachers have been sent to take your place.

Not to worry. In the end it hasn't been as bad as we expected.

Actually, I've been enjoying myself...not at all like when we had Elephant Boy and Cheerleader  Girl.

The Monday and Wednesday classes are being given by a girl who usually teaches another group at our center.  And she's nice, very nice, but (there's always a but, isn't there?) she's somehow hard to follow.  I'd been to her classes before and I couldn't quite figure out what it was.  At first I though it was just a matter of getting used to her.  You always need a few classes to really get the hang of a new instructor, right?  But no, time passed, and while I'm used to her, it still takes me much longer to catch on to her choreographies than with other teachers.  And people have started dropping like flies...now only three of us show up anymore.

Then someone told me she was left handed.

So, maybe that's it.  It could be conceivable that left-handedness might affect the way she teaches.  But no, that's not really it either.  In aerobics and step you work both sides of the body equally and the choreographies are mostly symmetrical, and hers are no different.  Well, after careful observation, I did come to the conclusion that they are different, but it has nothing to do with handedness.  It's that she combines the steps in an awkward way...they're just not put together in a fluid manner.  And that makes a huge difference.  Then there's her cueing.  If you want people to follow you, you have to let them know what you are going to do, not what you are doing.  Sounds simple, right?  It's not.  Giving cues at the right time is really what makes or breaks an aerobics instructor.  It shouldn't be, "I'm stepping on my right foot right this minute", but "I'm going to "step on my right foot on the count of four".  And I think it's one of those things that are intuitive.  I guess it's a skill that probably can be taught, but unless you feel it, you just won't ever completely get it right.

The other day she was wondering why there were so few people coming to her classes.  Could it be the hour?  Could it be the weather?   I just didn't have the heart to tell her the real reason.

And the other teacher?

Well, they sent us a guy.  And when I heard "guy instructor", I immediately thought of Elephant Boy, and the few others that have come after him, none of them good.  But this guy.  Wow!  He's incredible!  Okay, he's overly theatrical, with lots of winking and clowning around, but his choreographies are brilliant.  And fluid.  And beautifully complex.  And the most  amazing thing is, he doesn't say a word.  All his cues are hand signals and the occasional whistle.  Most unusual.  And I have been having a ball.  It's been fun.  Just plain fun. Which hardly ever happens with subs, since all the really good people are already busy teaching somewhere else.

Here's a video of this guy, so you can see for yourself.  He's the one in the black Nike shirt, and he seems positvely subdued in this video compared to what he's like in class.  I guess the other guy (who I actually know and can say is a lovely person, in spite of all his silly antics) was clowning around enough for the both of them that day.

Anyway, that's what we've been up to.  And it's been fun.  But now we're ready for you to come back, because this guy cranks up the music so loud that if he stays much longer, I'll end up completely deaf.

You'll be back when?

Sorry, didn't quite catch that.  Could you repeat please?  A little louder this time.


  1. Mmm. I think that class might be enough to make even me start to think that aerobics might be fun!

    The guy in the red shirt is fun, if a little full of himself, but the black shirt guy looks really good in an understated kind of way too.

  2. It is fun, especially with teachers like this. And the funny thing is that I know the guy in the red shirt, and he's a really normal, sweet guy, not full of himself at all. But I guess it's part of his "show". And the other guy has been much less understated in our class, totally different than in the video, but he is a very good instructor.

  3. I think perhaps I should take up aerobics! It does seem fun! Although until I pass my exams, I don't think I'll have time. Still, New Year is coming so it could be a resolution...

  4. I took an aerobics class one time and the change in people is remarkable to say the least. One of the ladies taking that particular class is/was very shy and reserved in the outside world but the minute the music started she changed into a very different and sensual person.

    That lady's daughter and my son have been friends since preschool and now I can't help but chuckle every time I see her. Hell, I'm on fairly good terms with her husband and the guy doesn't have a clue.

    Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog, will add you to my blogroll.

  5. I have gym envy! You're so right that the cueing is essential--I'm supplementing my outdoor workouts with DVDS this year, and half the time I'm yelling at the instructors on the videos.

    Which is a kind of cardio in itself.

  6. Oh that looks like so much fun but I'd be lost trying to follow and keep up. The guy in the red shirt is a blast!

  7. PUes a mi me gusta más el de negro. En Lima me gustaba mucho un instructor del gimnasio al que iba, si si de Ripley (aunque usted no lo crea) y resultó ser gay :(.

  8. Jason: It is lots of fun and that's a great New Year's resolution. Give it a try!

    Beach Bum: Yeah, the music can do that to people. Maybe she should take up pole dancing...they actually offer that at some gyms ;)

    Jocelyn: I guess it's not the same with a DVD, but the yelling probably is not bad exercise. If you were to come over here, I could sneak you into some fun classes! :D

    Hilary: It is incredibly fun and much easier than it looks. The first few days you feel lost, but you'd be surprised how fast you end up picking it up. And yeah, the red shirt guy is a blast.

    Giozi: La verdad es que los dos lo hacen muy bien, presentan en convenciones y dan clases para monitores, así que tienen que ser buenos. Pena lo de tu instructor...pero al final igual tenia que ser así para que pudieras encontrar a tu marido.

    Indranil Ray: Glad you enjoyed it. :)

  9. Me ha hecho gracia tu comentario :D

  10. Ah, cuando me refería me gusta mas uno, me refería a físicamente :D (el colmo, no, mirando por ahi)

  11. J'ai appris des choses interessantes grace a vous, et vous m'avez aide a resoudre un probleme, merci.

    - Daniel