Posts Tagged ‘new instructors’

8 Things We Wish You Would Tell Us Before Class Starts

By Jennifer Sage On March 16, 2014 No Comments

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A few weeks ago I posted an excerpt from the article “I Can’t Come To Class I Might Die”, from the blog Itsmecassie. Cassie Piasecki has written another great post for her indoor cycling students that I’ve posted in part below. Click here to read the entire post.

This was written for my clients at the indoor cycling studio where I teach but it is also relevant for any type of fitness class. Feel free to change the wording around and share with your students!

8 Things We Wish You Would Tell Us Before Class Starts

  1. Tell us if you are new.
    Maybe it is your first class, maybe it is your 5th class. Maybe you have taken an indoor cycling class at another studio but it is your first time
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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 5 Comments

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

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What might Facebook’s IPO flop have to do with Spinning® instructors?

By Jennifer Sage On May 23, 2012 6 Comments

This morning I put up a post describing 14 Spinning® / cycling instructors you want to make sure you are not. Two of the undesirable instructor-types are Sloppy Sam who wears baggy shorts, a cotton t-shirt and does not wear cycling shoes, and the other was Sexy Sadie who wears very provocative clothing and refuses to wear cycling shorts because it doesn’t show off her curvy glutes (and probably has a line-up of men with their tongues hanging out in the front row). My message was that your professionalism should dictate what kind of clothes you wear as an instructor. Your chosen outfit says something about who you are and how much you respect your audience, long before you even get on the bike. Perception is everything! Whether you

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14 types of instructors that you should make sure you are NOT!

By Jennifer Sage On May 23, 2012 8 Comments

Read this (sort of) funny article: Top Ten signs That You Have Run Into a Bad Group Fitness Instructor.

Only takes a little imagination to transform these descriptions into an indoor cycling class instead of an aerobics instructor. Have you met these instructors? They aren’t you, are they?

Nope, because you are the opposite. You are an empowering coach who is the following:

  • you are concerned more about your students’ workout than your own
  • while you correct your students for poor form, you do it diplomatically and with empathy, ensuring that they understand the reasons for correct technique
  • you celebrate any students who might be more fit than you (because it certainly IS possible!)
  • you find that balance between blaring your music and barely being able to hear it, playing music that inspires your class
  • you know when to talk and when to shut
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Learn how to use Spotify – get a 50% discount for the webinar here

By Jennifer Sage On May 22, 2012 4 Comments

Spotify is a wonderful online music tool but so many instructors are confused on how amazing of a tool it can be. While you can immediately listen to great music and learn to create your own playlists pretty quickly, it can take a long time to learn how to use it to your best advantage as an indoor cycling instructor.

What if you could learn it all right now at a live online webinar?

Julz Arney, Schwinn Master Trainer, is going to help you do that. She is putting on a webinar for instructors on how to use Spotify.

May 30 at 6:30PST/9:30EST.

Here is the description of the webinar:

You search and buy music on iTunes. You discover and play free music on Pandora. Well, what if iTunes and Pandora had a

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8 Great Ways to Keep Your Students Coming Back! Guest Blogger

By Jennifer Sage On April 13, 2012 5 Comments

Today’s Guest Blog is Jennifer Lynn of Studio S in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“The journey of thousand miles begins with a single revolution..”

Isn’t that how the saying goes?

The first day to the 524,600th day….where do I begin?

I was so excited to reminisce about the first day of my life as a spinning instructor. I distinctly remember walking into a class full of curious and excited members! The class was slated for 9:30am MWF and I was taking on a group of dedicated folks…who had expectations….

I prepare to teach class: set up the stereo, my bike, student bikes, and try to keep my heart rate in check…adrenaline is pumping…and so are my nerves. The clock strikes 9:30am and away we go…little did I know that my MWF class would become a group of folks with whom I would spend the next 6 years of my life teaching and befriending. How amazing!

How did

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Let’s IGNORE science and do what we WANT to on a bike!

By Jennifer Sage On July 29, 2011 12 Comments

Spinning Indoor CyclingFor those of you who know me, I’m kind of a geek when it comes to science. I have a problem with anything that goes against science or what is known to be correct in terms of proper application of science (physics, biomechanics, physiology, etc)…..especially in the name of fitness. Truth be told, in the fitness field most instructors are willfully ignoring science, because they refuse to learn about correct technique, or are afraid to learn the truth about what they are extolling, so by remaining ignorant on the subject they are in a way absolving themselves of any responsibility.

One can draw comparisons to the fitness industry from many other examples in the rest of the world. Watch the following video of a Fox news reporter challenging global warming

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