Saturday morning at 10:00 AM, there were nine people gathered around the board as I explained the warm-up. Six minutes later, I was explaining the warm-up for the 3rd time because ten people decided to show up late. That’s right, there were 19 people in the class, and more than half of them were late. What gives?
Official Cave policy is to have clients wear the weight vest when they show up late for a class. But, we get it. Sometimes things happen and you can’t help but show up a few minutes late. Why do we really care if you show up late, anyway? After all, it is your hour to work out. And you are paying us for the privilege.
But really, unless you’re the only one there, it’s not just your hour. Part of it is the trainer, part of it is the other people who are there to work out. When you habitually show up late, you’re telling the rest of us that we aren’t important. You’re wasting the coach’s time by making them repeat instructions. If you’re 10 or more minutes late and nobody else showed up for the class, there’s a chance that your trainer left– if there is nobody there for my class, I have other things to do than sit around and hope somebody will show up. Worst of all, by showing up late you’re setting yourself up to get hurt by skipping a proper warm-up.
For those of you who are still unaware, we’re going to be doing a major shift in programming starting in September. We’ll be doing several short workouts every class and won’t have time to wait for people to get through the warm-up. If you’re one of the people who shows up late, your options will be to jump right in without a warm-up, or miss one of the workouts. Frequently, this will mean even more wasted time for you, as well as missing the targeted stimulus for the day. You won’t get as good of a workout and you won’t see good results.
Like I said, official policy is to make people wear the weight vest. I’m not overly fond of this rule because it makes you take even more time on the warm-up. And then you trade it off in anybody comes in after you, and that wastes even more time. In other gyms, they make you do burpees if you’re late. When I was doing judo as a kid, if you were late the whole class got to throw you.
What do you guys think? Should there be some penalty for people who show up late, or should we just let it slide? Should we make the rest of the class do burpees? Should we not allow you to work out if you show up late? Should we give you a gentle chastisement and allow you to continue with class?