Become a Spin Instructor

Jun 26, 2014 | by AIF

Spinning or stationary biking is taking the world by storm with boutique studios opening up everywhere offering a high energy, high calorie-burning workout which members cannot get enough of. So why not jump on this industry trend and become an instructor?

If you have a passion for cycling, attend group cycling classes regularly and love to drive and motivate your peers to reach their fitness goals this is the next program you need to add to your fitness resume. Group cycling instructor courses are usually run over two days where you will cover a range of content including:

  • Cycling positions and technique e.g. racing, standing climb, ride easy and power climb.
  • Basic bike set up.
  • How to efficiently coach your class.
  • Choreography – incorporating exercise to music via BPM (beats per minute) into the different cycling positions, and
  • How to motivate your class and create an experience so they want to keep coming back.

If you have been an group fitness rider for a while, have your technique on point, role model fitness and have some understanding around musicality becoming an instructor can be a smooth transition.

Here are a five tips you can use to becoming the best instructor that will have your members booking your class EVERY week:

1. Preparation – There is nothing worse than arriving late to your own class with a full pack of riders glaring at you as you enter the studio! ALWAYS be early to meet and greet your members and also to ensure your class have their bikes set up correctly for a safe and effective workout.

In addition to this, make sure you know your choreography back to front! It’s ok to make an honest mistake but you will struggle to conect with your members in class if you cannot remember what song you have next on your playlist.

2. Find a mentor – Once you have completed your course team up with an experienced instructor who can continue to give you feedback on your technique and coaching. Once you have been teaching classes for a while it is easy to become ‘stale’ and use the same content, so continue to ask for feedback throughout your instructing career. Another way to see how your teaching is progressing is by recording yourself teaching a class and watch it back.

3. Look the part – Looking the part does not mean spending ridiculous amounts of money on the latest activewear. As a minimum a cycle instructor you should wear cycle cleats, and appropriate clothing i.e. no baggy clothing that could detract from your great technique or get caught in the bike.

4.  Maintain your fitness – Attending a cycle class is no easy task let alone coaching members while you maintaining great form. Make sure you keep up your own training outside of teaching so you remain a great role model for your class to look up to.

5. Have FUN – Creating a positive environment in the spin class is a great way to engage participants and get them motivated to come along to more classes! So be yourself and have FUN with your members. This will have an added benefit to a personal training career as the more members who enjoy your classes the more leads you can feed into your PT business!



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