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10/28/12 8:49 P

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I agree with that idea-I also chat with people when I get in the pool and start moving down towards the area I use. i can job in place and greet people but when the instructor starts then I stop chatting unless it's speaking to a newcomer. For the rest of the class it is just best to ignore the talkers and/or move away from them.

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10/28/12 8:15 A

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The pool at the gym I go to is the social part of the day for many senior ladies who spend many hours at home by themselves. One of the things I have learned is to do not ignore them, but rather chat for a bit and then move on and exercise. I save my tough workouts for Tuesday and Thursday when they are not there. I kind of feel sorry for them--it is their only chance to really be with others.

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10/28/12 1:03 A

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Re: talking instructor. The class is located in indoor hotel pool. Owners of hotel have no control over the aerobics class. Classes are actually controlled by the four instructors so would be useless to complain. Have been a pool during others classes and conversation seems to abound in all of them, some worse than others.

When BF and I work out there is little to no conversation unless we are suggesting exercises that the other might like or asking for suggestions. Usually go to her house after workout for lunch or to socialize. Today lunch at Subway. Then back to her house where she worked on granddaughter's halloween costume while I crossstitched. (PS reason we go to her house is she lives about 4 blocks from pool and I live about 8 miles away.)




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10/27/12 6:09 P

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Lucky I don't have that problem it is the people in the jacuzzi that are just staring at us and almost mocking us that get me. Hey I have lost 32 pounds big, fat hairy dude sitting in the jacuzzi making fun of the people taking "aqua aerobics". How much have YOU lost? Sorry, I know that was snarky but they are down right rude. :( If they get real bad luckily my instructor has a convo with them and they cease and desist for a little bit at least.

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10/26/12 10:55 A

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Wow. Did you talk to the facility management?

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10/25/12 9:44 P

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wow-that would be really irritating!!

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10/25/12 9:29 P

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Problem talker in our class was the instructor. There were days when she gets so involved with visiting she forgot which exercises we had done or even what exercise we were suppose tp be doing. I just tuned her out and if we were stuck on one exercise just moved on to another one. That is why I am no longer taking her class. Visited the three other classes available and they were pretty much the same. So my BF and I decided to get a pool pass and workout on our own.

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10/25/12 8:35 A

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The best thing is definitely to ignore them and move away from them if you can. That's what I've done, too. Although yesterday I just yelled at a gal that she was a trouble maker. Since we've been friends for years we all just laughed. Most of our leaders have figured out that you just can't shut some people up but if they get too loud they will often mimic the "zip your lip" motion or ask them to hold it down..

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10/24/12 11:07 P

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We have this same concern, I never workout where the big talkers are...... its too distracting, I am there for 1 reason, to get healthy, and this is way more important to me than any other sort of noise. Our instructor does nothing to quell the dull roar, and that is her choice. Its so distracting IF I let it bother me. I try to get lost in my workout. I have gone to the pool 16 times this month.

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wish we had more classes to try. We have 9:30 am MWTHF and that is it. I seldom make Thursday due to other commitments. We used to have evening classes and 2 on Saturday mornings but no more. emoticon

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Thats very common in class, especially when the ladies have been there awhile and learn the routines. I am one who chats with a few others, but we do not interfere with the other ladies and seperate somewhat towards the deep end. Something two of the ladies do (but learn the exercises first) is use waterproof mps players. This way they hear the music that works for them and others see there are zoned out in the workout. My husband and I have one and they work so well. one girl keeps one ear bud in and another listening. Just a thought. I never talk loud enough to be rude or so others cannoth hear the instructor. In that case get there early and change spots. Also you could try another class.

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5/21/12 9:49 P

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Ignoring it is about all you can do. Sometimes a leader will ask for a little quiet in case someone has a question or something but usually if they stop talking and just do the steps then the talkers will lower their voices.

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Visiting and talking seems to be a wide spread problem. We have that problem at are pool and different people have asked management to stop the talking. It gets so bitter at times that many people have dropped out. I hate the talking but try to not get to upset as I need the excise. emoticon

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5/13/12 5:18 P

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I agree-social time is before and after class-not during.

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I guess water class is social time for a lot of folks. Those of us that are serious about class tend to place ourselves directly in front of the instructor.

She whistles, LOUDLY, and makes the zip lip move. She sometimes moves around on the deck right in front of the talkers. A water gun appeared one day. Another time, she put up a trifold with "talking zone" on it.

I make my social time in the sauna and locker room. I am in the pool for exercise.

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We don't have any or many real young girls in class but some of the 30-40 group talk a lot and sometimes to some yelling during class. Irritating when they're right behind me. I do keep moving away from the talkers and non movers whenever I can. I can't understand why they don't come before or after class to visit and meander around the pool.

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5/7/12 11:28 P

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Our instructor does tell people to stop talking, but with a certain group, it doesn't help. I try to stay away from them and if the exercise calls for moving around and they are in the way, I barge right through them. They get kindof irritated, but hey, I'm there to exercise - paying my money. Our instructor works us hard too so obviously, they don't want the exercise. Oh, another thing, they aren't old -- young women so don't always blame it on the old!!!

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5/7/12 8:36 P

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Today in class we had several folks speaking rather loudly so our instructor had the music rather loud and she also told them we needed to exercise our bodies and not so much our voices. She also kept the class really fast so it would be difficult to just stand and speak. We have an indoor pool that magnifies any voices so it can someimes be unbearable.

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You should really speak to your instructor about this and if she/he is clueless, speak to the facility management, enlist other class members who don't like the yakity yak. There are techniques an instructor can use to make it less easy to gab--turning the music up, designating a time or area for conversation, employing a lot of direction change or travel in to the routine, for example. You can ratchet it down, not usually eliminate it.

Here's a story from my experience: I was subbing "the class from hell", so labeled by other instructors who had tried with them. 3 ladies, especially, did a lot of chatting. They were German, and enjoyed speaking their first language with friends. What became obvious in the dressing room and the first minutes of class was that these gals were almost all very sociable. They have lunches together, they know each other by name, that's the vibe they like. SO...quick program revision in my head to not only have lots of travel and direction change, but group work, pair work, mixing around instead of staying in one spot. And they LOVED it! Plus, they couldn't yak near as much in a circle or in pairs with constant partner changes!

Having said all this, we must recognize that a class like this also can fulfill a very important social connection, especially for older clients who often live alone. It's good to make room for conversation, but not at the expense of what everybody came there for--exercise.

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5/6/12 8:06 P

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It is really hard to deal with and I'm not an instructor, just someone who wants a good workout. We have always had one group who used the hour as their social hour but they usually stayed in one area (like they had assigned spots) visiting (and complaining if someone splashed their hair). That group has gotten smaller through the years as we've all aged. We have other people who never stop talking but usually move and our instructors have tried to shush them by telling them she needs to be able to hear folks in case they need help or they need to hear special instructions. One just starts teaching with the zip your lip motion and never says a word, just starts leading until they catch on. I hate when people talk nonstop, get in the way, etc.

Okay, you can see the frustration of a student there. I will jog around people and try to not hit them but I won't give up my class. If the people next to me keep talking I find a new spot. Maybe the talkers should be told to stay in one area so they don't disturb the ones who want to work and also told if they are moving slowly they should move out of the way so other can get around. Maybe they would finally get it. I'm sure the ones who want to get a good workout don't want to see their leader leave.

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5/6/12 7:37 P

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I finally gave up with some of the water activities.
I do find that some of the older ladies to be impossible to be around not only talking but wanting people to move so they could talk.
Seemed like no one had any control over this class at all!

I have asked them so be please be quit so I could hear--didn't help one bit.

I belong to the local Y-seems to be a problem in all the classes.

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I'm an Instructor, and I've experienced both behaviors in the pool: "Traveler Talker" and the "Chatter Club" patrons. Typical when I'm setting up the pool equipment 4 class my students will b n their conversatoral clusters and prior 2 making announcements & starting class I ask everyone 2 stand on one of the blue lane lines 4 spacing. I incorporate lots of traveling (forward/backwards/around the world and then I reverse those movements) so we r consistently moving.

Here's a couple of examlpes of how I address these challenges:

1. The elderly "Traveler Talker", I ask 4 her assistant as the Teacher's Pet (down in front) 2 help me pass out the Aqua equipment (changing from dumbells to noodles)

2. For the "Chatter Club" I include a 10 minutes partner exercise which gives them a little time to talk with each other.

For the most part my classes are designed to move from the shallow to the deep end of the pool; again another time to Chit-Chat.

I hopes this helps!


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Water aerobics is a social event in that you are spending time with other people but I think all the chatting should be done before and after class. I have a problem hearing with the echo of the indoor pool and if the people around me are talking in normal or louder voices I can't hear the instructor at all. I have moved several times for that reason but we only have 4 classes a week max and they are all morning classes. We have one older lady who I know is getting rather senile but her moving from one person to another just standing there having a conversations is irritating to everyone but one lady. I feel bad for her but the problem is they stand directly in front of the instructor and she has to talk over them.

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11/30/11 9:14 P

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Thanks for the advice. I spent some time this week checking classes at other times of the day. I found that none of them had the talkers like the morning class. Most likely I'm going to attend the other classes.



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I am the coordinator of our water aerobics. This last session we didn't use any music and I encouraged the newer women to get closer to the teacher. It IS social.. but people can make it both.

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11/27/11 10:39 A

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As an instructor, I have experienced problems with talkers in class, and I feel that it is the instructor's job t help you get what you want out of the class, i.e. aerobic exercise, not a social hour. Speak to the instructor, maybe together with the other non-yakkers to have greater influence. There are techniques she can use in conducting the class, such as lots of traveling moves or more complicated choreography or louder music. She could speak to the class about the situation and perhaps do something like either suggest people do their socializing before and after class or suggest a rearrangement of people so that those who want to intensely work out are at one end and the less physically active are at the other.
If she refuses to do anything or is incapable of effecting at least some change, then speak to her manager about the problem. You are a paying member of the club and they should be willing to help you get what you want from your membership.

Having said all this, I also realize that water aerobics for some elderly participants is an important social contact. It just needs to be managed so that the social aspect doesn't eclipse what is, after all, the main purpose of the class--exercise.

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Maybe you could talk to the women who seem annoyed at the talkers and see if they might be interested in another class time. Then you could talk to the instructor and see if she would be willing to do another class. Of course, this might not prevent the talkers from coming to that class. Also, is this the only water aerobics class offered at the pool where you go? If not, maybe you might want to observe another class and see if the people are more interested in getting healthy than in talking. Then join that class. I think you should talk to the instructor and the pool director to get their take on this. If any of these don't work, and if there are other
water aerobic classes offered in your area, I would check these out. I help this helps.
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11/27/11 9:32 A

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I just started water exercise again two weeks ago. My problem is that there are a lot of what I consider rude people in every class. The classes usually have about 15-20 women and about half of them never stop talking. They stay in small groups and just yak loudly all through class. With the background music playing and 3-5 women talking at the same time I have a problem hearing what the instructor is saying. These women barely move, they are certainly getting no aerobic activity. When the instructor says to move into a circle or jog the width of the pool, these women go nowhere, just stay floating in their clumps making it difficult for others to follow instructions.

The instructors see this and say nothing. The pool director sees this and says nothing. I'm angry. I'm there to get healthy not join a pool chit-chat club. On Black Friday, it was great because all the talkers must have gone shopping. Between classes I brought up how nice it was without the talkers and the other women there agreed with me. They are also annoyed at the talkers.

So, what do I do? Talk to the instructors? Talk to the pool director? Talk to the head of the whole gym? Keep quiet because it seems to be acceptable?


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