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Dogmama2010-05-02 16:07:05 +0000 #1
Hi all,

I'm working on getting my ACSM personal training certification and want to be certified as a spinning instructor as well. Madd Dog will be doing a training here in May. Is this a good certification? Is it accepted in most clubs, or do they want their own certification? I know Bally's teaches "Reaction Cycling" but don't know if they (or other clubs) accept a Madd Dog, or other, certifications.

I could probably ask around, but the staff & personal trainers at my club are about 10 years old & too busy gossiping...

Thanks.

BTW, ACSM is tough!
Zen2010-05-02 16:23:07 +0000 #2
Can't you ask the spin instructors at your gym?

Yes, ACSM is tough. I wish all trainer certs were that tough.
Miranda2010-05-02 16:56:11 +0000 #3
I have not started teaching yet, but am certified thru Mad Dogg Athletics. It's very well known. They protect the offical "spinning" name fiercely. The club must meet certain criteria to call their program "spinning". Otherwise, it's some other name of stationary cycling. Granted you do not have to teach at a "spinning" only certified facility. Unless the management requires their specific program. I think it is a well developed model that would be worth your time if those are your desires.
Dogmama2010-05-02 17:04:40 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by zencentury

Can't you ask the spin instructors at your gym?

Yes, ACSM is tough. I wish all trainer certs were that tough.

The spin instructors just know Reaction Cycling. To be honest, I'm not impressed with any of them. They do very unsafe things on the spin bikes.
Zen2010-05-02 17:31:19 +0000 #5
I've never even heard of Reaction and yes, I've seen instructors do unsafe things too. Like putting one leg up on the handlebars to stretch while still seated.

I'm pretty sure no one teaches that during cert clinics.
TNGIRL2010-05-02 17:40:05 +0000 #6
I would recommend both the Madd Dog and ACSM certification. I have both and they are highly respected. Be sure to check out the information on Continuing education credits. The CEC's can be costly.
Dogmama2010-05-02 18:48:47 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by TNGIRL

I would recommend both the Madd Dog and ACSM certification. I have both and they are highly respected. Be sure to check out the information on Continuing education credits. The CEC's can be costly.

Thanks! It helps knowing that I'm doing all this work for something good. I know the continuing education requirements are expensive. Hopefully, though, they have substance that I can pass along to my (future) clients.
Zeek2010-05-02 18:55:00 +0000 #8
I am a certified spinning instructor (STAR 3) with MDA. Although their program has lots of room for improvement (some--not all--of the CECs are stale and could use some revising) their organization is respected in the IDC community (but IMHO they lost some credibility when Johnny left). All in all, if you want to get certified to teach spinning, I would go through MDA. Reaction Cycling is taught for Bally Total Fitness. It's a Schwinn certification.

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