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Working As a Fitness Class Instructor Sure Sounds Like Hell - VICE

A New York Times report published Thursday morning details yet more horrors of working as a group fitness instructor: extreme vocal strain, to the point of injury that requires surgery. Instructors describe pushing their voices beyond the brink by shouting encouragement for upwards of 15 hours per week, which is only the latest glimpse into the impossible infrastructure that barely supports our rush to work out more and preserve our health.

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Coco Cohen, who leads group classes at an Equinox in New York City, told the Times she developed vocal nodules that eventually led to total vocal paralysis, which required surgery. Patrick Frost, who coached at Barry’s Bootcamp, gave a harrowing anecdote about waking up voiceless some mornings as a result of teaching 22 classes a week; he later learned he’d developed vocal polyps with some hemorrhaging, and left Barry’s for a quieter, less shout-y job. And the issue only stands to get worse, or at least more widespread: As the Times reports, the Bureau of Labor Statis Read More

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