I’m not sure if you can tell…but I love inspiring others to get fit and try new things. I have been trying to find a way to become some sort of fitness instructor but wanted to wait until I passed my professional engineering exam. Now that I have passed my exam, the difficult choice was what certification to pursue. I decided to start with spinning. Here is why!
Reasons I want to be a spin instructor
I love the workout
I went to spinning sometimes for cross training in one of my earlier marathon training seasons and it really helped my running. However even though I liked the workout, I didn’t love it. I really grew to love spinning this past summer when I was training for the Pan-Mass Challenge. I love the high energy, variety, and community that can be built within a studio.
I want to inspire others like some of my instructors inspire me. I want to help show people that they can work harder than they thought they could. Spinning sometimes scares people, but it doesn’t have to be scary!
Location and timing is perfect
Spinning® is offering instructor training this February in Boston. It’s a T ride away and only a day’s worth of training. Some other certifications require a lot longer time commitment and are not as conveniently located.
In total, the training was about $300. This is so much less than others that are around $2000 or $3000! If I end up teaching, I will make up the $300 and even more because the people I will meet will make the experience worth it. If I don’t end up teaching, I will be more aware of my form when I spin which will mean I will get more out of my workout.
I get a workout in with my clients
While I was considering the possibilities of instructing, I thought about a lot of the pros and cons. If I was instructing, I would want to be sure I give my students the attention they need. With how some workouts are, this would mean you are walking around the room and adjusting students and not getting a workout for yourself.
Since I find myself working some late or early days sometimes, I have to also think of when I will fit in my workout. I could see myself getting a little grumpy if I couldn’t get in a workout for myself. With spinning, you can still get the workout in while you are teaching! There may be times I would have to get off my bike, but for the most part it seems like the instructors I have don’t need to do that.
It will help me grow in so many ways
Sometimes I like to do things that scare me. And truthfully, being a spin instructor (or an instructor of any kind) frightens me. You have to get up in front of a group and lead them confidently. You have to come up with a workout and choreograph it to the music. I respect anyone who gets up there and does this-even if I don’t end up liking the workout as much-it takes some guts to get up there and instruct!
I know that I will not be the best instructor right off the bat but I want to learn to be. I will have to mentally prepare myself for some of the critique I will get. I could see myself feeling hurt initially, but then I would put on my big girl pants, learn from my faults and improve.
Learning to a better instructor will not help me just in teaching spin, but at work and in my personal life. Being a good instructor means to be confident, to be open minded to constructive criticism, to listen to your students, to be organized, and of course to be a good communicator.
Why I’m not going to look for a spin job right away
I don’t think that I will be looking for any tryouts for a spinning instructor job right away.
Spinning® instructor training will allow me to learn some of the basics but attending the different studios will really allow me to get a feel for what type of spinning I like best and what studio culture I fit into. Each studio has their own twist on the workout and different culture.
I’m looking forward to this next adventure. Maybe I will find out teaching spin won’t be for me, but I can at least say that I tried and I’m sure that I will learn a lot!
Questions for you
What is something new that want to do this year for yourself?
What are some things you look for in a spin instructor? In any instructor (doesn’t even have to be fitness)?
Would you take a spinning class with me?!