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An example of a very good Spinning® class with Ramiro

By Jennifer Sage On December 27, 2011 Under coaching, motivation, Spinning

Meet Ramiro Morejon from Miami. A few weeks ago, Ramiro posted a video on Facebook of one of his Spinning® classes. I was impressed with his teaching style and asked if I could post it on my blog and he cheerfully said yes. This 9-minute segment includes the introduction to the profile, the completion of the challenging segment near the end, and the beginning of the cool-down. I think you’ll learn something by watching this video.

In his introduction, Ramiro lets his students know clearly what the challenge will be that lies in front of them. He asks them to find a pace that they can maintain, allowing for small incremental increases throughout the ride. The goal is to not back down.

He tells them to pay attention to how their body reacts to the increases in resistance as well as to how they adapt to the increases.

As you watch the video, pay attention to the following examples of a good coach:

  • how he introduces the ride
  • the examples he gives
  • the tonal quality of his voice: he’s not loud or abrasive, but is very encouraging
  • the occasional words of encouragement
  • he lets them know how much left (e.g. 30 seconds to a standing climb)
  • combines heart rate with RPE (scale of 1-10)
  • he asks them to relax and enjoy
  • the rapport he has with his students (he obviously knows them and knows they trust him)
  • how he inspires them at the end to continually seek to improve, to get stronger, to get better
  • the inspirational song at the end!

It is a bit hard to hear, so make sure there are no distracting sounds near you as you view this video.

Ask yourself, if you were to video your class, what good coaching qualities would you display? Next time you teach, and maybe every time you teach, imagine that you are being filmed and that your coaching style will be analyzed. What a great way to keep you on your coaching toes!

Your thoughts? Questions? Please leave a comment below!

Here is a little background about Ramiro: he is a full time software developer with an unrelenting passion for indoor cycling and swimming. He has been actively engaged in sports and exercise his entire life, beginning with fencing, then long distance swimming. Riding outdoors by necessity introduced him to his cycling passion, with the next logical step becoming a Spinning® instructor. Ramiro teaches at Pinecrest Health and Fitness in Miami and is a regular attendee at WSSC.

I’ve been to Pinecrest, owned by Mike Estevez, and this facility is blessed to have some excellent instructors in addition to Ramiro, including Master Spinning® Instructor Scott Schlesinger. They also have regular appearances by Spinning® MI Josh Taylor. Going to Miami, or know anyone living there who desires a fabulous and “real” experience on an indoor bike? Check out Pinecrest!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sherri Nelson
    December 29, 2011
    9:20 pm #comment-1

    It is nice to see an instructor that I would like to take a class with. I live outside of Orlando and if I take any trips to Miami I would like to enjoy one of his classes with my eyes closed!

    • Ramiro
      January 6, 2012
      4:06 pm #comment-2

      Sherri,

      Anytime you come down to Miami, pay us a visit at Pinecrest Fitness. I am happy to say that I am lucky to be able to teach there. We have a good team of Spinning(r) instructors. Come and visit us!

      Ride on!

  2. Leo
    December 30, 2011
    3:00 pm #comment-3

    Great video, It’s always a pleasure to learn from dedicated instructors such as Ramiro. Thanks Jennifer for posting.

  3. Shannon
    January 4, 2012
    3:14 pm #comment-4

    Loved, loved, loved Ramiro’s video segment. Happy to see similarities to my own sytle as well as ways to say some cues a bit differently to get a point across. Thanks for sharing this. I agree if we all taught like we were being filmed we would be better instructors.

  4. Amber
    January 8, 2014
    10:22 am #comment-5

    I can’t see any video.
    I tried to find it a few times today 🙁
    Is there another place it might be posted?

  5. Jennifer Sage
    January 8, 2014
    10:53 pm #comment-6

    Hi Amber,
    I just tried it and it worked. Perhaps try a different browser? Firefox perhaps? I never understand why sometimes things like this work on some and not others! Hopefully it will work for you. Let me know.

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