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CDmama2011-04-06 00:20:12 +0000 #1
I have been looking over this forum and there seems to be 2, or more, schools of thought and instructor styles. I realize there are serious riders looking at indoor cycling for endurance training and foul weather rides. I ride very causally in the real world. I used to use my bike for commuting but since I have had my dd I only go on easy paved trail rides with her chilling in the trailer. So I would say my real riding experience is very limited.

I discovered indoor cycling at my local YMCA. Well the instructors have been dropping like flies and the classes have just been canceled leaving me without my favorite workout of the week. I opened my big mouth and asked what it would take to get certified to teach and now I am co-teach a class next week.

From what I have read here the instructors I have been exposed to do not ride in real life and they do things like push up's and riding standing straight up supporting yourself with alternating hands - things I know you do not do for real

Occasionally there are real riders that take the class but only during the off season. I would like to get some exposure to good instruction. Especially since the certification course is a few weeks away and it seems I am going to be just thrown in there. Do you ladies have a "DO NOT DO" list or things that are a must for a very inexperienced instructor.

trista2011-04-06 00:23:10 +0000 #2
Wow, that sounds cool! You are so brave - I could never teach a class because I would poop out too fast and look like a fool.

Our Y teachers are pretty good, but I have one guy I avoid because he just isn't great. The big "no" he does IMO is he makes it too easy. Know your audience. If it is an intermediate or advanced class, you don't need a recovery every 2 minutes (he does that).

I like to be surprised. I don't like when they say "ok, today we're doing a 30-minute hill!" Yikes! But at the end if she's like, "you just did a 30 minute hill with no recovery", I'm like YEAH!!!

I LOVE that our instructors will get off the bike to help a newbie. No new person EVER feels intimidated or embarrassed at our Y.

I've never seen push-ups on the bike... or standing straight up - how weird?!?!

I like when they give us scenarios.... like to picture the wall of road in front of us, or to look back and see the ground we covered. Or to imagine we're racing against the row behind us... cheesy stuff like that, I love.

But the MOST important thing to me is a high energy instructor. You gotta have energy, and you gotta leave your baggage at the door.

Good luck!
Zen2011-04-06 01:01:24 +0000 #3
I know there's a thread on here somewhere that goes into that.

A looooong thread.

Have you used the search function?
Dogmama2011-04-06 01:32:02 +0000 #4
Basically, don't do anything on a spin bike that you wouldn't do on a road bike. They include:

Push ups - useless on a bike

Riding with one hand - potentially dangerous

Hovering over the saddle - hard on your back & knees

Really high cadences or really low (pushing) cadences - tough on knees

Squats - oh yeah, I was in a class where a guy did them.

Since you will co-teach, hopefully your mentor can give you some concrete suggestions. Where will you be certified? Lots of us are certified through Mad Dogg Athletics - the original spinning program.

I cue well in advance & let people know what is coming up, like a double cadence, a hill or jumps. I use music that enables people to pedal to the beat of the music most of the time. I also mix up music - country western to rap - because everybody likes different things. If you get certified through Mad Dogg, they'll send you pre-made profiles with song suggestions. Take what you like & leave the rest.

Lots of different ways to do things - when I teach 2 classes/week of basically the same people, I have an aerobic day and a strength day.

Will you be able to make up your own classes with music? Or will you follow your instructor's classes? If you can do your own, send me a PM and I will send you some class profiles that I've done to get you started.
Irulan2011-04-06 01:34:31 +0000 #5

very good article about contraindicated moves, and more specifcally,

this book, now in it's second edition, about teaching spin classes, the good the bad and the ugly

CDmama2011-04-06 01:36:15 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by Irulan


very good article about contraindicated moves, and more specifcally,

this book, now in it's second edition, about teaching spin classes, the good the bad and the ugly

Holy Crap! I can believe those videos?!!

Great link, book ordered

I have sooooo much to learn. I am excited I found this forum. You ladies are super helpful. Thanks! I'll let you know how it goes and I am sure I'll have tons more questions.



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