I teach an MMA class once a week, for our studio members whom are interested in partaking. The class naturally is based on technique first and foremost, that's the aim. Bringing certain elements of how pro MMA fighters train and prepare their conditioning for fights.
One of our participants, is also one of my PT clients i look after on another night.
I've had to stop numerous times throughout these classes, stalling the x number of other participants from moving onto the next exercise etc., to personally coach 1 person on how to do something properly, repeatedly time after time, when it's even one of the more simpler concepts to grasp and perform. He also has a few contraindications, but is adament on turning up for these particular classes (needs motivation to train and only really trains for the social aspect) when he knows a lot of the movements get quite complicated and technical. His co-ordination is very poor and it resembles a pensioner dancing at his RSL club as opposed to a caged animal ready to tear his opponent apart. Think a beginner style client (with exercise in general, not just MMA), doing an advanced-intended class with other competent intermediate-advanced technicians.
When i quickly try to suggest modifications on the spot, as well as get him to stick to the meat of the workout program intended, he won't apply it (or ignores the advice) and will do something else without me asking him to (in some cases, even more dangerous) and defeats the purpose of following a group class.
A type of person who genuinely needs PT guidance and supervision for ALL of his training, but takes away from the experience and purpose for the other x number in attendance (whom i might add only do group classes and are actually interested in MMA). How should i approach a discussion with him? When we're about to do some exercises and have everything set up and everyone else is ready to go, he'll complain that he doesn't want to do xyz, and that he's "i've never seen any fighters do this before, why are we doing thissss for" (even though again, he doesn't even follow the sport or the training behind the scenes), or "why are they taking it so seriously? we aren't actually fighting. it doesn't matter if you do it like this does it, this is easier". This is highly annoying to me a trainer and i don't appreciate participants trying to control the session too much. A bit of le-way and variety here and there, fine, but these people come to the class knowing what to expect, what muscles will be used, what general movements are involved etc.
So my position is i'm stuck in two places. As a group class coach, one would just advise him not to attend and to do something else. But he is also my PT client, and recently just referred more PT clients onto me. So naturally we can't turn this guy against us. He generally attends all group classes since again he wants the social aspect for his motivation. So he just turns up to this particular class cos it's on the schedule and in a time where he usually attends the studio anyway. But you also don't want to lose group numbers and piss off the other x number of people who DO have a genuine interest to learn more about MMA and get a proper uninterrupted workout in. As long as his shirt is sweaty by the end of his workout and he's moved around a bit he's happy he says. This mentality and type of person isn't what an MMA class is intended for obviously.
He's a bit of a fuddy duddy who will also take it easy when it gets too hot or if a fan isn't pointed in his direction. A very demanding and mentally draining style client. When he decides to just do his own exercises, mid-group classes, next to other people, without instruction, it just makes me wonder why not do that out on his own out in the main area with everyone else. That's still social.
Your thoughts?! Much appreciated.