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>> Thursday, January 6, 2011

Do you get offended by the music that is played in your exercise classes?

In Zumba on Tuesday night the teacher played a song by Lil Jon that had a lot of f**k you's in it. One lady came up to the instructor after class and complained. She said that if our instructor keeps playing that music, she will not come to the classes anymore. This lady also says that she doesn't come to the other instructors classes because of his music ( think hip hop and r and b top 40-- Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Kanye, Lil Wayne, etc....)
I like the music so I have nothing to say. To be honest when I am concentrating in an exercise class I don't have time to focus on the lyrics of the song.

I remember my old spinning instructor (who had the wickedest music) said, "If you don't like the music get the f**k out!"


God's Favorite Shoes! January 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM  

I can see how the music could be offensive. I personally cringe when I hear a song littered with profanities. If I choose to hear it on my own, that's one thing but I'm assuming these Zumba classes aren't in someone's's at a business. A gym is a business which means there has to be some level of professionalism.

Also, I go to Zumba alot with my ten year old stepdaughter...I would not want her hearing that in Zumba.

Now, the 35 year old me would just look past it but if it was constant, I might have to try another option.

Blubeari January 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

Personally I think if she doesn't like it, she just shouldn't take the class.

Letting the instructor know is fine so if other people have a problem with it they can speak up too... but taking out that kind of music would ruin Zumba for me!

Cupcake Quandry January 8, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

I don't think I would personally have a problem with it, especially if it was the radio edits. I've been to a few classes where they've had music like that, and to agree with an above poster half the time I'm not even listening to the lyrics, I'm just doing my thing.

Moving Mertle January 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM  

I think in a place open to the general public they shouldn't be playing music with curse words in it. Hip Hop, Rap, oldies I don't care but I don't want to hear Sh*T F*ck when I'm there.

MissHaneefa January 8, 2011 at 3:43 PM  

Just want to say that this is not a public gym, but an exercise studio.

LC January 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

Hmmm… I think music with expletives can be a little much for a fitness class. I'm sure the instructor could have found and played a more clean and appropriate version of the song. I attend a lot of classes that play current music of many genres and I have never heard expletives used in the class. As someone else stated, there has to be a level of professionalism in a place of business.

stacy January 8, 2011 at 7:28 PM  

I listen to hip hop and rap all the time but don't necessarily like the cursing. In a business environment (even a private one) I don't think it should be there.

Anonymous,  January 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM  

Wow. All of the classes that I go to have clean versions of rap songs. I don't want to hear curse words while working out. I would speak to the teacher about it if it were me.

Tim January 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

I personally hate censored music so I would prefer the swearing songs when listening to music on my own but when it comes down to group sessions, I think playing music with lots of swearing is a bit silly because it's bound to offend someone, particularly people who dont usually listen to those kinda songs.

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