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so you want to become a spin instructor?

20 Aug

As some of you may know, I recently started teaching spin classes! I thought I’d share with my little corner of the web how I did it.

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I got into spin my sophomore year of college.  In an ill-fated attempt to join Cal’s triathlon team, I took a few classes.  I quickly learned that my swimming and biking wasn’t at a level I’d be comfortable competing at, so I dropped the team.  But I did stick with spinning!  I took classes at Cal’s RSF and my hometown’s 24 Hour Fitness when I returned for semester and summer breaks. I even joined gyms and took spin classes when I studied abroad in Barcelona and again when I lived in Madrid.  I take my obsessions SERIOUSLY.

Since being back in LA, I have enjoyed spinning at Gold’s Gym downtown, as well as YAS Fitness, Flywheel, and of course, Soul Cycle. So after years of spinning (roughly 6 years), I decided to accomplish the goal of becoming a spin instructor.

at the YAS-A-Thon 2013.

at the YAS-A-Thon 2013.

In my mind, there is NOTHING worse than taking a bad spin class, mostly defined by a low energy instructor with bad music.

How to Get Certified

In order to become a legitimate spin instructor, you need to get certified.  I chose to go through Spinning (R).  It was a one-day class, from 10 am to about 6 pm.  We had about 25 people take the certification course, led by a master trainer from Mad Dogg Athletics.  We learned pretty basic things like how to assemble a class, the different hand positions, and how to set up a bike. We also took a couple of rides.  It was really a fun day — I joked that I felt like I was at spinning camp.  Although the certification is about $300, it is really efficient.  Spinning.com requires that you essentially get re-certified every 2 years, but I know this requirement is not enforced by many different facilities.  The week after the class, you have to take a 50 question multiple choice exam.  It is not difficult. (I took it literally while I was blow drying my hair).

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How to Get Hired

Getting  certified is only the first step – you need someone to actually want you to work at their gym!  Many spinning specialty facilities (Soul Cycle, YAS) require that you go through their own teacher training.  I decided to wait to reach out to potential gyms until after I got certified.  That week, I reached out to my gym, Gold’s Gym in Downtown Los Angeles.  The group exercise manager responded and suggested I meet him for a brief interview.  I lucked out in that my gym was looking to add a new spin instructor to the team, so I was matched up with Marcus, a long-time spin instructor at my gym to co-teach a class or two.  I taught the first three songs of a couple classes.  This really got my confidence up and also introduced me to a lot of the regulars.  I would really recommend suggesting this to the gyms you consider reaching out to.

Since then, I now teach one class a week (Saturday mornings) at my gym, and may be picking up another one in the near future.  I’m also subbing occasionally.  It’s awesome to be a part of a fitness community and to be around people who share a similar interest.

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I’ve also enjoyed assembling playlists and figuring out what I’m going to say to the class.  The hardest part is definitely getting comfortable with the mic and not sounding like a total dork when I’m coaching.

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one playlist.

Hopefully over time, as I grow as an instructor, I can post more playlists, tips, and thoughts on instructing!

In the meantime, anything you’d like to know? 

 

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