Dreams Come True – Awesome Weekend Adventures

Hey guys! How was your weekend? Mine was AWESOME!

As you probably remember, I had becoming a Spinning® instructor as one of my New Year’s Resolutions.

Well, this past Saturday I went for my Instructor Training session at the East Shore YMCA in Harrisburg, PA. It was a full day of training + 2 awesome rides – all done by an incredible Master Instructor Meg McNeely.

Gosh…where do I begin?

Well, first of all, for over a year I had no idea that the classes I was taking were not actually Spinning® classes. They were indoor cycling classes – thanks to Meg and Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. – now I know what Spinning® really is 🙂

With this knowledge came a lot of revelations (mostly unpleasant) – starting with the basic moves I’d performed in cycling classes for the past year and a half being not so good for me, and ending with the whole different philosophy behind Spinning® classes as opposed to the classes I’d been taking… and unfortunately, I was not alone. 13 other people in the group were sitting there nodding their heads as Meg described the misuse of the terms Spinning®, Spin® and Spinner® and the basic moves used in indoor cycling classes that don’t do you any good and may be harmful.

This training was an eye opening experience!

I didn’t really have time to take any pictures except my Polar FT40 screen after rides.

Ride 1

Ride 1

Ride 2

Ride 2

I still have to pass the online assessment and get my instructor card, but I now have the Certificate of Completion of the instructor training which gives me the right to start teaching.

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I am SO excited!

Now on to looking for a place to teach and continuing my education as an instructor. So far I have one place expressing interest I my services. We’ll see what happens!

Meanwhile I have a lot of work to do profiling classes, choosing music and thinking it all through while learning-learning-learning.

On a slightly unrelated subject – I have just been accepted to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador!!!

I have been waiting for a loooong time for this to happen. First, Fit Approach didn’t have their application process open when I first found them, then they opened it, I applied and waited and waited 🙂 I am SO excited to finally become a part of this wonderful community and to be their Ambassador. Thank you, Fit Approach!

Thank you, my wonderful friends, blog readers and my family – for your constant support and encouragement in what I do. I wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

Now I better go check what else was there on my Resolutions list and get cracking 😉

Stay fit, my dears!

Lena

Comments

  1. Hi Lena! Thank you so much for your blog. I love all your advice and tips. I have been taking indoor spinning classes for years now and it really is like my therapy. Your blog has answered a lot of my questions and has even put me a little more at ease with my decision to get certified. I have one little thing that just keeps my confidence down though. I have never been outdoor cycling, so in my head I just keep playing back, how can I teach actual cyclist when I am not even one!

    • Hi Sami. Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog and for taking the time to say them. It means a lot to me.
      As for you fears – fear not! While riding outside certainly helps in teaching indoor cycling, 90% of your riders will most likely be indoor-only. Get certified with a reputable organization (in my opinion that would be Spinning/Mad Dogg Athletics), which will teach you right from wrong and how to keep your participants safe; how to help them reach their goals and exercise safely and effectively.
      By the way – it is totally ok to do it “backwards” in my opinion – that ride indoors might just make you want to go ride outside one day 🙂
      Best of luck to you!

  2. Hi Lena, thank you so much foe this blog.,you are so supportive and motivating
    Became a spinning instructor last year, and have my playlist ready.
    But,for some reason, I still feel that I’m not ready to start teaching.
    what are your recommendations?
    Thank you!
    Best,
    Maddie

    • Hi Maddie! You’re most welcome!
      I recommend to just do it 😀 You’ll never be 100% ready, there will always be something you haven’t thought of in advance. Just go in there and do your very best.
      Good luck.
      Lena.

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