When I first started teaching Hip Hop Fitness, one of the GYMS that I inquired about teaching at a Gym in Dublin. I was told “No we will not have you here to teach HIP HOP because the people out here will not come to that type of class.” I was a little shocked at the answer but what could I do right?
Well 1.5 months later an instructor had an emergency and needed a dance fitness sub. The only sub available was me from the Easton location. I told the instructor I’d do it. So I’m driving to the class to teach and right when I got into the parking lot. The person who dismissed the idea of me instructing there called and told me “You might as well turn back around. I told you that type of class is not welcomed here.” I explained that I was asked to sub and so I was going to honor that sub request due to the company’s policy. I was told “it’s your funeral.”
I get to the class and it was packed. Had like 75+ people there. I stand on the stage and people began to ask: Who are you? Are you teaching Latin Fusion or Zumba? I said “My name is Mike Nicholson and I will be teaching Hip Hop Fitness.” They began to boo and actually hiss and say awwww man. I told them to just give me a chance. Do three songs. If you like them stay if you don’t I won’t be offended if you leave. After the 3 songs they stayed and people who originally walked out came back and the 75 turned to 90+. After that day I was given that class time and a job there a week later.
“You can do whatever you want to no one can limit you and no one can belittle you without your permission. You have to learn to stop judging yourself to others eyes” #life #NoLimits