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Old 10-29-19, 11:04 AM  
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Physical adjustments like that are unacceptable IMO! I would be tempted to talk to the studio manager. If you plan to return to that instructor’s class, I’d tell her very clearly that you need to modify & you don’t want any physical adjustments.
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Old 10-29-19, 11:49 AM  
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I would absolutely tell a manager at the gym what happened. That instructor is a law suit waiting to happen.

Is there another class you could go to with a different instructor? Or a different studio/gym?

And, wherever you choose to go, I would talk to the instructor and let him/her know you need to modify. They have no business literally forcing you to do anything. They should actually encourage you to modify as needed.

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Old 10-29-19, 12:17 PM  
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I think you should talk to the instructor, tell her you need to modify - and to stay away from you. I think the manager should also know about this harmful instructor. Even though you probably signed a waiver, the club is still responsible for your safety. You didnít injure yourself she injured you.
This is excellent advice from Joni. You will help the instructor become a better teacher and management should revise their policy about teacher/student interaction. They might not even have a policy. I wouldnít want anyone touching me during a workout without consulting me first.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Iíve learned a lesson. If I take a live class, I will ask the instructor beforehand not to make any adjustments -verbal suggestions only. Iím also easily injured and it takes me a long time to recover. Prayers for you to have a speedy recovery.
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Old 10-29-19, 09:53 PM  
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I think you should talk to the instructor, tell her you need to modify - and to stay away from you. I think the manager should also know about this harmful instructor. Even though you probably signed a waiver, the club is still responsible for your safety. You didnít injure yourself she injured you.

Exactly!! If this instructor touched you without asking permission first, it's in violation of any ethical certification. This instructor could hurt someone else and the management would want to know about this. Create a 'paper trail' for yourself too. Even if you signed a waiver, this is a serious matter.
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Old 10-29-19, 10:51 PM  
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I wouldn't hesitate to bring it up to the manager, especially since The Bar Method often prides themselves about as being the safest barre workout available.

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Old 10-30-19, 01:35 AM  
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No instructor should touch a client without asking for permission!
Yes! Thank you!
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Old 10-30-19, 09:27 AM  
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I would definitely report the incident to the manager.
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Old 10-30-19, 01:09 PM  
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bfit, please tell us what happens. I know it feels awkward calling someone out, but I think it's necessary in this case for the reasons people mentioned.
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Old 10-30-19, 02:50 PM  
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I am not surprised by this at all. Instructors touch you all the time in barre. It is not unusual and, IMO, making those kind of adjustments is why you come to class. I'm not sure it's realistic to expect instructors to ask for permission for every hands-on adjustment. (ducking for cover)

That said, I would absolutely tell them you have injured your foot and that you are not going to go into high releve anymore. I also injured myself when I was going to Bar Method regularly, and they were very good about it. They helped me determine appropriate modifications and limits for myself. I ended up putting a hold on my membership for a few months. I'm not saying it was the result of TBM's instruction, I think my injury had been brewing for a while and I wasn't listening to my body as I ought to have done. I had warning signs for months and was not heeding them.

I would also go for an x-ray to see what's going on. Bar moves are absolutely still effective done flat-footed or in low-heel position. I don't go high anymore because I have a bunion on my right foot. If an instructor tries to get me into a position that doesn't work for me, I just shake my head and they back off.

As a brand, Bar Method really pushes its clients. Sometimes that's good, sometimes not. It sounds like this time was very much the latter! I'm sorry to hear you are hurt. I hope it heals quickly!
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Old 10-30-19, 03:48 PM  
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In the yoga classes I teach, I announce before class that I do make adjustments. I then say if anyone prefers not to be adjusted to let me know when I approach.
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