Two friends and I go to a weekly dance/excercise class together and have done for a couple of years now. The company were recently running some new instructor training and my friend Betsy decided to go for it as she loves the class and thinks it would be a good way of earning a bit of extra cash.
She has a full-time day job and no experience of teaching this fitness thing until this 2 day course that she's been on.
The problem now is that she is starting up her own class and wants my friend Shaz and I to go to it, plus some others we know. While I'm sure it would be fun at my friend's class, I'd be paying to go and I just don't feel like she's properly qualified and I want to improve my technique which I won't with her.
We've already got together a bunch of friends to take a free test class so she could practice the routines and teaching etc but that was to help her out. I really like the regular class I go to (and which she will continue to attend as well) because the instructor is an expert and I feel like I really learn something from it as well as getting fit.
So far she is doing one class a week on a day I can't do, so that is my excuse, but she wants to start a second one on a day she knows I can do. While I think it would be fun, it's the paying a friend for something and the fact that once I start going I wouldn't be able to easily say I don't want to do it anymore....
I know she wants to build up her classes and wants the support of her friends, but I don't know. I just don't want her to get us all along and paying money and then feeling stuck. And for her I think it would be good is she built a separate client base.
How do I say no, or at least not commit to attending every week, without hurting her feelings?