Donna Rubin and Jen Lobo opened BYNYC nearly 18 years ago with the goal of improving the overall well-being of New Yorkers. As the first boutique fitness studio in NYC there was no roadmap for how to manage a studio so in the beginning our policies, guidelines and etiquette came about on an as-needed basis.
As a studio that specializes in classes that take place in warm and humid environments, managing the heat, airflow and humidity took on huge importance when the Midtown studio opened in August 1999. While managing those aspects of a room’s environment are pretty straight forward with the technologies available to us, students have always been a variable we can’t anticipate.
We take pride in the fact that each BYNYC instructor is CPR certified, that we have ongoing continuing education, that we communicate and meet regularly, with student safety frequently discussed. On that note, as we move into Summer ’17, our instructors are taking on a greater role as it relates to the observable conditions of our students.
Since opening we’ve said “if you’re feeling dizzy or nauseas, please sit or lie down until you’re feeling better.” Today, we’re taking that policy a step further. For your overall safety and well-being, our instructors have been requested to ask students to step outside to cool their bodies down if they appear unwell. If you appear to be struggling or otherwise not participating in class, you may be asked to leave temporarily in order to recuperate. Please sit right outside the door so the teacher can keep an eye on you. When you’re feeling better, at the teacher’s discretion you may come back in join the class.
Participation vs Non-Participation
We want to be clear that being asked to step outside the classroom is not punishment, it’s simply a condition that our instructors are able to observe. We highly encourage you to take a break if you are not feeling well. Taking a break is a signal to you, and us, that you need to slow down a bit and rest.
Sometimes as a practitioner, you may think that you are OK or WILL be OK, but the instructor is trained to look out for signs that may indicate otherwise. Here are some things to look out for:
- Feeling Dehydrated
- Any numbness of limbs
- Loss of color
There are ways to insure you have the best possible experience in a class with us and we encourage you to include these activities as part of a regular life pattern, as their benefits go well beyond our studio walls:
- Hydration – Being properly hydrated heading into a class in a warm and humid environment where you’ll be sweating is more than just drinking water. Pre and post class replenishment of electrolytes is critical.
- Meals – We do not recommend taking class on a completely empty stomach, or if it’s been greater than 7 hours since a meal. We recommend foods that are hydrating 1-2 hours before class such as watermelon, grapes or cantaloupe.
- Rest – Anyone will tell you that sleep and overall rest are key to clarity of mind and physical performance. If you don’t feel properly rested, we recommend skipping class and coming to visit when you are.
- Injuries – Before each class our instructors ask the room if anyone has an injury they should know about, and for good reason. Please share this with your instructor privately in the lobby or when asked before class.
- Stress – Try to be self-aware if you have a high level of stress walking in to a class. Stress has a high impact on your hormones and can effect your performance in class. Try to arrive early and take a 10 minute savasana.
- Apparel – Wearing the appropriate amount of breathable fabric will help your body self-cool. We recommend a jog-bra and/or tank with shorts or leggings for women. Just shorts and an optional loose tank for men.
- Research – Before taking a class for the first time, take the time to read the class details including length, posture types, and heat level so you’re aware of the environment you’re entering.
These policies and tips are offered with your well-being in mind. Sometimes in class students can become unaware of their own condition and push a bit too hard and we are here to help. Remember, it’s never a problem to sit down, lie down, leave the room or otherwise ask for help!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.