Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities in One Class, Part 1: Five Categories of Riders

The very simplicity of indoor cycling means that classes are often filled with participants who have a wide variety of fitness levels, skill levels, and experience. This presents challenges for instructors who strive to be both attentive to each yet mindful of all. Instructors may wonder if they’re able to give equal attention to all of the riders, or if that is even necessary. Subbing a class or teaching a regular class with an influx of new riders (typical in the new year) is a balancing act.

Fortunately, these challenges come with opportunities for all instructors to up their game in coaching to varied abilities.

The factors that distinguish riders from each other fall into five categories.


Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities in One Class, Part 1: Three Categories of Riders

 

4 Responses to “Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities in One Class, Part 1: Five Categories of Riders”

  1. BeataToth says:

    Thank you, Cori. I am a newbie here, and I am very happy to have found this site. I recognized some of my challanges in your article. One of the most difficulties in my practice is to convince those who have no experience to allow themselves time, before they do as the experienced ones…

    • Karyn Silenzi says:

      Beata, I have a saying…Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. It is a challenge because we all want maximum gains in the shortest amount of time as possible, but recognizing that time spent leads to the most sustainable growth is also the most rewarding. Welcome to teaching!!

  2. Cori says:

    That’s great, Lyn…let us know how it’s going! I do love a homogenous group with a singular focus, but for the most part, the groups in front of us are very varied and that creates an awesome dynamic and keeps it interesting!

  3. lyn lebowitz says:

    LOve this article. And yes I teach at country clubs where there are 20 year olds all the way to 85. It is a challenge but its been working out great. I definitely take everything you wrote into consideration. Looking forward to part 2.

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