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What does being a Spinning® / Indoor Cycling Coach mean to you? Here is one instructor’s thoughts

By Jennifer Sage On May 25, 2012 Under coaching

Spinning InstructorA few months ago I posted a video by an instructor in Florida that I thought was an excellent sample of a class. Today on Facebook, this instructor Ramiro Morejon, posted one of the most inspirational comments I’ve seen about his growth as a Spinning® coach. He gave me permission to repost it here for you, and I am doing so in the hopes that you might be inspired to seek growth like Ramiro has. He has said that coaching indoor cycling and inspiring his students has changed him as a person. He’s about to compete in his second Olympic distance triathlon in a few weeks, so he is an example of someone who has a passion both indoors and out.

Here is Ramiro’s reflection on being a coach (the bold emphasis is mine, and are what I consider the most poignant points):

Growing!

Few months ago while running with my mentor after a good Spinning class, I was asked how I think I am a good coach; what do I do? I was caught off guard. I did not know how to answer, among other things because I did not want my answer to return disapproval. I was not ready to express what keeps me riding. Since that day that question has hunted me down simply because meditating about it pushes me to be better at what I do.

All of a sudden this morning I can write it down. I believe being a better coach is opening the door to show in a class that we are also humans, to be humble, to convey the feelings of what gives us the satisfaction to ride in front of a crowd as leaders, to be able to express the feelings that come with every pedal stroke, to be able to exchange the energy that not only comes from within, but the one that gets to us from everyone in the room.

Part of the formula is to put aside the fear of showing the emotions that get us on the bike very often, to bring that connection to every other person on the bike, letting them be aware of every drop of energy they spend and everything that goes in the process.

Being a good coach carries the responsibility to keep what we do safe and real, and most of all to never give up in the quest for more knowledge.

These comments are all the more amazing because they came from his heart, poured out to his Facebook friends who are predominantly Spinning/cycling instructors from around the world, friends whom he knew would understand his quest for growth. No one asked him to write this; this was the result of his own meditation on the question.

Ramiro told me that he can thank me for Keep it Real, that the eBook was a turning point in his teaching. He said, “Keep it Real is printed on my heart!”

So, inspired by Ramiro, I’d like to invite you to contemplate these questions:

What makes you a good coach?

What inspires you to become even better?

If you are willing, please share your thoughts in the comments below (or simply meditate on it for awhile). Hopefully, your words, along with Ramiro’s, will touch an instructor reading this who is searching for his or her own revelation.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Bill Roach
    May 26, 2012
    11:33 pm #comment-1

    This is a wonderfully sincere and heartfelt sentiment. I’d love to take a class from this instructor.

  2. pedro reis
    May 27, 2012
    2:00 pm #comment-2

    tank you for yours inspire words for all instructors

  3. Jackie Wright
    May 28, 2012
    4:19 pm #comment-3

    Coaching is a joy! Observing our clients reach their goals, realizing their health and fitness dreams and living their lives 360 degrees, is a gift. To be part of that journey is why I strive to be an outstanding coach–giving back is what drives this engine. As we ride, I often remind our clients to honor the work they do each and every time they walk through the door of the studio. That every revolution, every minute and mile matters and, that they get to take credit for the work they do–to feel empowered by the work and then to inspire others to join the journey.

    Coaching is inspiring our clients to be the best they can be and that means we have to be the best coaches we can be by staying informed, being creative and as Mike Boyle recently said, to learn the “box”, expand the “box” and then think outside of the box. Master our skills, refine our coaching capabilities and then create a life changing experience for our clients. What could be better than that?!

  4. Mandy Wood
    May 28, 2012
    4:34 pm #comment-4

    When are any of you coming to Cape Town South Africa??? For me, trying to be the best coach I can possibly be involves continuosly engaging with the members in my class. Getting to the class with enough time to chat to people, to know things like if they have a newborn in the house, or are not feeling 100%, or are going away on holiday. By creating relationships with the members, an instructor is able to push certain members that little harder when needed, tell others to hold back a little if they are struggling. While I never ever single out members individually during a class, members do like to be recognised and their hard work noted. Eventually, the comraderie that builds up in a class creates that dynamic energy that one gets from ‘belonging’ to a group. Instructors are the ‘pack leaders’ and it is our job to lead by example and that includes being professional, well prepared and riding safe! I can honestly sat that ‘Keeping it Real’ changed everything for me! Ride on – and ride on down to us sometime!

  5. clair cafaro
    May 28, 2012
    6:21 pm #comment-5

    Compassion! As Ramiro says “brining that connection to every person on the bike”.
    Compassion is key to great coaching.

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