I’ve had the Fall session surveys in hand for a couple weeks now, and it’s been really great to receive all the feedback. There was consensus among students on somethings, and division about others…but I received 68 responses, or about 10% of the currently active student body.
There are a couple things that people were concerned about that I wanted to address through education and elucidation, and a few things that I want to change up for the Winter session based on your feedback.
Length and price of classes
- Some people seemed to think we had raised class prices! That’s not the case…not only did the class rate go down because of the decreased time, but the per-hour rate actually dropped for everything EXCEPT single classes, which went up by .50. If you bought a 24-class card or 12-class card, you were actually paying less per hour than you were before.
- The idea behind this was to make it more accessible to come to multiple classes in a row or per week! Especially if you come from far away, it makes a lot more sense to come for more than 1 class…you’ll also see more progress this way.
Single apparatus classes
- Everyone LOVES the class card system, but single apparatus classes are the most divisive thing. Equal numbers love them (yay no more having to take apparatusX just to get on apparatusY!), and hate them (I have to come from so far, I can’t pick which one I love more!)
- Here’s the rub…we can’t really do the class card system AND multi-apparatus classes. It becomes really agonizing to organize which class is on which apparatus in which week, when they switch, and how you know which apparatuses you’ll be taking in any individual class. Not only that, but it’s not a very efficient way to learn new skills! In an ideal world, we would have 8-week focused cycles of skill building…but that makes the calendar all weird, and so 12-week focuses are better than 6.
- Multiapparatus learning IS awesome; but not in :30min chunks alternating week by week. Everyone SHOULD be profficient in different skills…but splitting a short class in half is not the way to go about it. The best thing to do is have a full hour of focused work on one apparatus at a time.
Concerns about warm-ups and stretching
- The new warm-up system (5min of cardio and then an on-apparatus warmup) doesn’t really work. So we’re changing it!
- Starting NOW, you can come on the floor :15min before your class and do the “warm-up of the week!”, which you’ll find printed and hanging on the white board. You can then take some time to socialize, stretch, and get in your brain space for your class.
- Here are some links to studies that challenge the idea that static stretching before athletic activity is a good idea:
- That being said…the Fall Session was about fitness, and the winter session is about flexibility! The weekly warm up will be flexibility focused, and in classes we’ll be focusing in on increasing range of motion and helping people deal with flexibility limitations that keep them from getting where they want to be.