04 January, 2014

You're a Role Model Now.

Whether you like it or not.

One of the lessons you learn very quickly as a fitness instructor is that your students will automatically put you in the position of role model. There is a perceived, and real, authority that comes along with the job. You are the keeper of information, you are already where they want to be and you give them a safety net when they are learning.

Your students do not expect you to be the best but they do expect you to be the best you can be. To work to your strengths and work on your weaknesses. To be honest about what you can achieve; to not be too humble nor too egotistical. You don't have to be the best pole dancer in the world but you do have to be the best instructor in the world.

Some instructors want to exude a god-like, faultless, perfect image to their students. I would rather be human and not have my students deal with the shock of some day finding this out. I don't want to fall from grace. Authentic has become a bit of a buzz-word but that is exactly what I want to be.