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ANEWY0U
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12/26/09 3:48 P

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Very insightful stuff!!! Thank you!!! It is getting less stressful each time and I'm more confident now that eventually I will become the instructor I want to be!!!

I appreciate everyones input! You are all so great!!!
Thank You!!!

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PMCHAVEZ
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12/12/09 9:44 A

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Music, music, music. I'm an instructor too. I agree with your thoughts below about music and also with Wiggie28. I teach at a club thats partial to hip hop, pop and some rap. I'm a rock and roller from way back. The music I use in spin has sort of evolved into some classic rock, R&B, Funk and Motown, but mostly dance and electronic with melody. All the music I tend to use has an unmistakeable beat, energetic and is upbeat and catchy enough to want to make you just get up and move around (and for me jump on a bike and spin). I really like music that changes intensity during the song - like building momentum and energy at the end or throughout. I like finishing my classes with a final song that represents that last hard surge across the finish line or cresting the top of the big climb - The right song can make that happen. I always feel like an oddball listening to music, because all I'm really doing is hunting for spin music, then scrambling to find out who the artist or group is so I can find it on iTunes or a CD. The other thing I do is use an iPod which makes creating hour long playlists easily and pretty much on the fly - spin class length at my club is 1 hour. I love how the screen gives you how much time is left on the song you're listening too - the class likes to hear how long they have till the particular hill or interval ends. I also edit the name of the tune directly in iTunes by inserting the beat per minute (BPM) in front of song name and sort my entire music library by BPM. I found that connecting music BPM with the pedal cadence is the glue that makes the class work - at least for me. A good example is a hard flat or a tough climb. By playing an energetic 150 BPM song (translating into a 75 RPM pedal cadence) while leading your class on a hard flat with harder tension, you're really using the music BPM as the pedal cadence goal or target. When their cadence starts to fade after a few minutes into the song, its your coaching and encouragement that makes them want to jump back on beat to keep up and succeed. Whether the routine includes, climbs, flats, sprints, intervals, endurance rides, the music I choose drives the cadence most of the time. Sometimes, I'll have the class speed up the cadence (in intervals) and tell em to stay ahead of beat for 2 minutes or give em 30 seconds of recovery allowing them to fall behind beat, etc.

In the end, if the class gets into your routines and you "take or draw them into your ride" or coaching style, the music genre really becomes less important. Some of the more advanced students in my class say they get occasionally into a "mode" during a set where they lose track of the music itself and am only focusing on the beat itself. You know you "got em", when their spin experience in your class is less reliant on just the music itself.

When I started, I was so insanely focused and nervous about getting my cues right, making sure the class flowed, freaking out if I thought people were getting bored or lost, wondering if people liked the music or me as an instructor. Did I have the right personality? Was I saying too much, or too little? I was way too focused on the format and routines of the class. Early on I had no concept of "connecting to the class", getting to know them as people, coaching them, focusing on them out there and not on me, reading their energy level, knowing when they were fading, knowing when they needed a cue or encouragement, or not. And finally knowing when to praise them for a job or routine well done.

Took me a few months to get comfortable with routines and class format. I'll tell you it gets really fun and rewarding as a spin instructor when you begin to start focusing on the class itself and you basically become their coach. Then like Wiggie28 says...people will find you (or your class).

Good luck with spin. I love it. You'll do great because you care about what you're doing there and you're doing research and asking others. Another good thing to do is take as many spin classes from other instructors as you can for ideas, routines and style. A master trainer once told me that all spin instructors need to understand that people in class have a choice of where they choose to be every hour of the day. If they get their butts out of bed and take your 6AM or 8AM spin class, that means they're in your class spending the next hour of their life with you and the rest of the class - not anywhere or with anyone else. We need to honor that choice by giving them our "best stuff" every class we teach. We need to be prepared, know our music, plan our routines / class, arrive on time, etc. I'm a spin instructor part time with a regular job that pays the bills. More often than not, I'd rather be teaching a spin class than sitting in the office furthering my career.



ANEWY0U
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12/10/09 7:37 P

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Well it's been 3 weeks and 6 classes later and I'm still a nervous wreck...I still don't think I'm a good instructor and I still get lightheaded and naseous!!! (been to the drs) Will it ever get better???

Already have music suggestions...and...I don't do blues (isn't that ok?)

I try to mix it up with classic rock, new wave and dance music...My perspective is, if I can't get into it, I can't get my class into it...am I wrong here?

What do you say to "cue" them or help them take advantage of the music? Like, feel the beat?



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MORROBAYCHUCK
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12/7/09 2:10 P

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My perspective is also a little different. My preference is classic rock and blues, but I also enjoy many other styles of music, as do my students. So I play a variety of music and also do a lot of cuing to help them know how to take advantage of it.

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BIKEKEN
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12/7/09 1:17 P

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My perspective is different. I view the class is for them, and I want them to have a good time while I am kicking their butts. LOL I let them make suggestions as to song choice, and I queue them how to push them selves.



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11/25/09 9:03 A

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I teach, and I have my own style (basically house / electronica. Members will find me -- I don't cater to musical tastes -- its absolutely impossible. Since this is NYC, I roll with the latest house and DJ club mixes. People will either come or they won't -- but I don't sacrifice my style for a few people. There will always be people who dont like you - and the ones that do -- will follow you.


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BIKEKEN
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11/21/09 5:43 P

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Well It is really hard say but here is some things I suggest.

First off start every day with a big glass of cool water. Then have breakfast.

Eat a small meal every 3 hours. Be sure to include protein and complex carbs. So you should eat something soon after your work out.

Be sure to drink water while you are working out. A good tip is to weigh yourself before your work out and then after. if you have dropped several pounds you are not drinking enough. Your weight should be about the same.

Another simple test is the urine color test. If your urine is yellow.. you are not drinking enough. (unless it is right after a meal) I also drink a glass of water after..

I sweat a lot when I workout so I tend to drink more than the average person.

If the symptoms continue, see your doctor





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11/15/09 7:55 P

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Thanks guys...I really do appreciate the feedback!!!

Will definitely ask about music!

I'm still not feeling up to par...gonna go see the Dr.!

Thanks again All!!!

Kept 90lbs off my body for the last 8yrs! Going for the last 10!



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NYC Full Marathon 2010

Mini Triathalon

Century Bike Ride


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MORROBAYCHUCK
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11/14/09 10:30 P

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Doesn't sound like you were dehydrated. You might pose that question to one of our resident coaches

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11/14/09 6:39 P

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I also teach Spinning, and I completely agree with asking for music suggestions. Everyone has different tastes and your class will be more excited to come to class if they know "their song" is going to get played.


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ANEWY0U
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11/14/09 2:38 P

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WOW! Great tips...please keep them coming!!!

Question: Felt really, really wiped after my class...like I wanted to pass out...I thought it was because I hadn't eaten enough, but the feeling would come and go......could I have been dehydrated?

I drink 64oz-72oz every day...I drank about 20oz during my class...only 8oz that morning...I drank another 28oz before dinner and then another 36oz after...I'm still feeling a little off today!!! Am I still dehydrated?



Kept 90lbs off my body for the last 8yrs! Going for the last 10!



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NYC Full Marathon 2010

Mini Triathalon

Century Bike Ride


 current weight: 136.5 
 
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139.125
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BIKEKEN
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11/13/09 8:24 P

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I am a spin instructor and have taken a lot of classes from other instructors. So here are some things that I think are helpful and not something that was taught in my training with maddog (spinning).

1) Get to know your students/class. I hear complaints about an instructor that shows up when class starts and "yells" at people that are working up to her standards. Show up early, and help out. Don't be afraid to get off your bike during class to talk privately to someone.

2) Talk to new people. Help them set up their bike, tell them how you run your class and that it is ok to modify. That it takes time to be able to keep up ...

3) Plan out your workout .... Know you music, the name of the song, how long it is.. Plan to fit the workout to the song. They hate when your sprints go longer than the song.

4) Be encouraging. Tell them they are doing good. things like .. You are almost at the top.... you are strong... push through the resistance... come on... don't slow down... (I also make some jokes. Like, we are going to sprint for 30 seconds, come on you can do any thing for 30 seconds...)

5) Give props.. Tell people when you see a change. example, a woman started spinning and a several weeks later I mentioned that I could see that she is doing better.

6) Ask for song recommendations. I have slips of paper that I have them write song name and artist.

7) Do some fun stuff... I often will give a 45.00 jamba juice gift card to some one in the class. Sometimes it is a contest (bring the most new spinners) or a raffle or some game. I also will ask the spinners to take a survey and reward them with a free Gatorade or energy bar.

8) Make general statements to help improve form. (Keep your elbow bent, shoulders relaxed, full pedal strokes, like you are scraping gum off your shoe.)

Hope this helps!



ANEWY0U
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11/13/09 5:22 P

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Wow! That is great! I hope you don't mind if I steal that(or borrow it a long time)!

I did my first trial class...it turned out ok...but there was a song fumble...and bad judgement on a breakaway and a little unsure how to initiate the standing sprint! But we recovered...lol!!!

What about when to talk and when to be quiet? I had a moment when we were doing a seated climb...the whole song...and I told everyone to get to that place where it was just them and the road...but after a min and a half I just felt the need to tell them about their form and their breathing...and then I felt like "Wow I should just shut up and let them ride"...what should I do...next real class on Monday! help

Thanks,
Catherine



Kept 90lbs off my body for the last 8yrs! Going for the last 10!



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NYC Full Marathon 2010

Mini Triathalon

Century Bike Ride


 current weight: 136.5 
 
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139.125
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MORROBAYCHUCK
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11/13/09 1:03 P

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You are on the right track with the visualization. My students love it when I do that. I have them visualize not only the passing scenery, road conditions etc, but I will often put them in race situations. For instance, "OK, there is a team right behind us. As soon as we get around this next turn where they can't see us, we are going to increase our resistance, come out of the saddle and peddle hard for 30 seconds. When they come around the curve they will see that we have increased our lead and maybe they will get just a bit de-moralized" Have fun, don't stress - just go for it!!!

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ANEWY0U
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11/13/09 12:59 A

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I'm a brand new instructor too...any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated...my problem is I've only ever been to 5 spin classes and tomorrow I'm teaching my own (a trial one - but still...scary!)

So Lauren maybe you have the tips I need...as a participant what are you looking for in an instructor?

The last class I was in the instructor spent too much time talking about herself and her life...I felt like she was intruding on my ride...lol...so I know I'm not going to be doing that!

I really like when the instructor makes your ride more visual...like the rolling hills or the steep mountains...so I will be trying to be more like that!

Good Luck to you! Have fun!

Kept 90lbs off my body for the last 8yrs! Going for the last 10!



My Goals

NYC Full Marathon 2010

Mini Triathalon

Century Bike Ride


 current weight: 136.5 
 
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141.75
139.125
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MORROBAYCHUCK
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11/6/09 11:45 P

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Congrats on deciding to become a Spin teacher. You won't regret it. My only advice - have good music, but concentrate primarily on developing good profiles.

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I'm glad you are enjoying yourself! I do teach spin (and other formats) and I love teaching. Spin is very fun to teach and very different than teaching other formats. Have a great time!

- Judy

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MONKEYSHORTZ
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11/6/09 10:45 A

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Hello everyone,
My name is Lauren and I am new to this group, but not to spinning. I started spin classes a year and a half ago and I love it so much I am trying to become a spin instructor. I am involved in a program at my school (I am a college student) and am learning so much about teaching workout classes. I actually have training this weekend for spinning and am soo excited!!

Are there any other instructors out there?
Any advice?




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