I started taking Spinning® classes about five years ago. I started attending classes a couple times per week. After a few years, my instructor asked if I’d ever thought of teaching a class of my own. I didn’t know that it was possible, but I jumped at the chance!
Even though I’m not a fitness professional, I was eager start the process of becoming an indoor cycling instructor. Earning a little extra money for doing something I really love is a pretty sweet deal! I was definitely nervous about whether I’d be able to handle what I assumed would be a rigorous test for instructors, but even that didn’t deter me.
Becoming a Spinning Instructor
My indoor cycling instructor gave me information on the next Spinning Instructor Training in our area. This workshop was great! It was nice to be around other people who were interested in becoming certified and having the opportunity to get all my questions answered.
Afterwards, I registered for the official Spinning Instructor Training session. I was more nervous for this one, as it was nine hours long and I didn’t know what to expect. Thankfully, spending the day learning how to be an indoor cycling instructor turned out to be a great experience. It was definitely challenging, but nothing I couldn’t handle as a regular Spinning class attendee. Most of the information I had already picked up after years in the program.
I spent a few weeks practicing my teaching using the training plan I received in my Spinning Instructor Manual, which came with my Spinning Instructor Training. My Spinning studio was actually nice enough to let me practice in front of a few friends a couple of times when they didn’t have any classes. Finally, I felt ready to take the online Spinning Instructor Exam. I passed, so now I was officially a Spinning instructor!
Life as an Indoor Cycling Instructor
I’ve been teaching Spinning classes for over a year now! I only teach one or two classes per week in between my accounting job. This is a great way to get a good workout in and actually see how my classes are making a difference in the lives of my students.
I have to get re-certified every two years, but that wasn’t as daunting as it seemed. I have to earn 14 SPIN® continuing education credits (CECs) to maintain my certification, but earning those CECs are great! I’ve earned 9 so far after the last year through a few Spinning workshops like Profile Designs and Heart Rate Games and with newsletter quizzes. These education opportunities not only help keep my certification up-to-date, but they also improve my coaching skills!
I would encourage anyone interested in becoming an indoor cycling instructor to go for it! It may seem intimidating because you think it will be too hard or too time-consuming, but you’ll never know unless you give it a try!