Signed up for a POP Pilates instructor training session. It’s a birthday present to myself- get myself out of the comfort zone, and do something extroverted, and something that isn’t too time-consuming. Had to brace myself for the onset of group dynamics, and basically, it's a tough thing for an introvert to do.
POP Pilates program director Jules Fultz had flown in from California to lead the master classes and the instructor-training workshop. As the lead facilitator, she was great and all bubbly, and frankly, very good at doing this. I wryly noted that she stuck to the standard workshop facilitation structure, which works well. Hurhurhur. Couldn’t help noticing it. As promised, Jules made it a safe and fun space, and everyone felt comfortable. The full-day workshop went way easier than expected.
It helped that there were familiar faces at the workshop, and I didn't feel too out of place. I mugged like hell and memorized every track of the 55-minute choreography, aside from the one I was assigned to. 😬😂 Honestly, those were easy. It’s the confidence of leading a group exercise class that I sorely lack. That could only come with time and experience.
I don't have the personality to be a lead facilitator in a group session. As it is, I shy away from all lead roles at work, and in my social sphere. I have a preferred type of gym instructor; that’s why I keep going to their classes! Hahaha. But I can never be like them, because I’m not a people-person by nature. That’s my biggest hindrance to leading group classes.
I'd be quite happy to cover classes for the regular instructors. It takes quite a big leap of faith for anyone (or an organization) to put me in charge of a class when I have zero experience leading group exercises. Oof. Anyway, I've bravely signed up to co-teach with an awesome instructor. Gotta at least try it before I wimp out right? We'll see how it goes.